Prices and Charts
Gold Surges. Inflation or Russia Worries?
Gold in New Zealand dollars dropped $40 overnight. But even so NZD gold is still up $45 from last week. It broke through $2800 for the first time since November 2020. Today it is back around $2800. But our guess is this run higher is not over yet. So after this pullback ends we are watching for a run up towards $2900 – $2950.
The big jump in gold happened over the weekend NZ time. Some pundits said it was due to heightened tensions with Russia massing troops at the Ukraine border (more on that in this week’s feature article below). But US consumer prices also jumped 7.5% last month compared with a year earlier, the steepest year-over-year increase since February 1982.
So as always it’s impossible to say what actually causes prices to rise.
Silver Still Lagging Gold
Despite pulling back today, silver in New Zealand dollars is up 32 cents over the past 7 days. Today has pulled back from the downtrend line to be sitting on the 200 day MA. Looks to be building for a breakout of this wedge formation before too much longer.
Silver continues to lag gold. People may find this frustrating, but it is always the way with silver. Gold usually leads the way. Silver appears to not do much then will jump sharply and overtake gold. We see no reason why this time will be any different. It’s a matter of when, not if.
NZ Dollar Hovering Around Downtrend Line
The Kiwi dollar continues to hover around the downtrend line that it recently broke below. It was down just 9 basis points from a week ago. So it remains pretty weak.
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Why is the NZ Dollar So Weak When We Are Supposed to be Doing Well in Terms of Covid?
This week we had a question from Gary on this very topic:
“Watching our dollar fall is puzzling me. I thought that NZ was well regarded with respect to covid control and exports making our country relatively stable financially. Yet we have lost approximately eight cents in the last year, to 2016 levels, and the trend seems to be pushing us lower to the dark days of 2020 when we briefly dipped to below sixty cents.
Is there a reason for this, I seem to be missing something?”
In simple terms the Kiwi dollar has been falling because more people are selling it than buying it!
But of course that in no way answers your question!
We don’t pretend to be currency trading experts. Plus it is impossible today what the reasons a large group of people have for buying or selling something.
But we’ll have a crack anyway as the armchair analysts we are!
While you say New Zealand is well regarded with respect to covid control, it may be that currency traders are looking at the longer term impact of our extended lockdowns on business and the economy. So maybe our economy will suffer more in the long term than others who haven’t adopted such a draconian approach. Especially when many other countries including the USA have effectively reduced all restrictions and are open for business again.
In recent months the talk had been that the US central bank was going to have to raise interest rates due to high inflation. Recently they have hinted that this would likely come in March.
Often the key driver for interest rates isn’t necessarily the health of one economy over another, but rather the interest rate differential between them. In this case, New Zealand has already increased rates, but in the USA they are still to come. Markets are usually forward looking, so that could be a reason why the NZ dollar has weakened compared to the US. As analysts see interest rate rises coming fast this year in the USA. Thereby reducing the differential between the 2 countries interest rates.
So our guess is that is likely to be the main factor at play here. That’s not to say the NZ dollar will weaken even further against the USD from here. Usually when everyone thinks something will happen, it is just the opposite that then takes place. So it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the USD weaken later in the year.
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How Does War Affect the Gold and Silver Price?
There is plenty of bluster between the US and Russia over the Russian buildup of troops on the Ukraine border. We saw this published as a reason why the gold price had jumped sharply over the weekend.
So does war or the threat of war cause the price of gold to rise?
Check out this week’s featured article for more including:
- Could A Previous War Have Caused the Gold Price to Rise in the 1970’s?
- How Does the Length and Severity of a War that Affect the Gold Price
- What Might We Expect if a War With Russia Occurred?
- War on Terror and Gold Prices
Financial Advisor: Buy Gold Jewellery Instead of Gold Bars
Overnight someone asked us:
“Our financial advisor was saying that he would advise purchasing gold jewellery rather than actual gold. What are your views on this?”
The problem with buying jewellery is that you will pay a much higher markup over the spot price of gold for jewellery. It could be as much as 100% or more. Whereas a gold bar will only be around 3-4% above the spot price.
The benefit of jewellery could be that it is very portable and you can wear it when you travel. However most jewellery is also not of a high enough purity to avoid attracting GST. It must be over 99.5% pure to not have GST on it. Most jewellery is only around 92.5% or even less.
So we don’t generally recommend jewellery. Although one of our suppliers does have it available for purchase, we sell very little of it for the above reasons.
We’d also wonder what was your financial adviser’s rationale for buying jewellery instead?
Most financial advisors don’t recommend gold and silver. We’d say this is partly due to the fact they don’t receive any commission when people buy gold. Of course we do make a profit when people buy gold from us so you should also take that into account when you read anything we say!
At the end of the day, gather a diverse range of information, see what makes most sense and make up your own mind.
Then if you want to buy you know where to find us!
So get in touch if you’d like a quote…
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 0800 888 GOLD ( 0800 888 465 ) (or +64 9 2813898)
- or Shop Online with indicative pricing
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