- Common Questions from First Time Precious Metals Buyers
- How the China Slowdown Will Impact NZ
- Silver Shortage – Reality or Hype?
Prices and Charts
|Spot Price Today / oz||Weekly Change ($)||Weekly Change (%)|
|NZD Gold||$1770.93||+ $10.68||+ 0.60%|
|USD Gold||$1121||+ $13.80||+ 1.24%|
|NZD Silver||$23.62||+ $0.33||+ 1.41%|
|USD Silver||$14.95||+ $0.30||+ 2.04%|
|NZD/USD||0.6330||+ 0.004||+ 0.63%|
Are You a 1st Time Buyer of Gold or Silver?
If you’re one of the many people new to precious metals and thinking of buying gold and silver, we’ve updated and extended a previous article of ours with the answers to many common questions we get.
- What is the spot price of gold or silver?
- What percentage of gold vs silver should I buy?
- How do I pay and do I have to pay upfront?
- Along with covering shipping, insurance, and storage options.
So we’d highly recommend you check that out if you’re pretty new.
US Interest Rates – Will They or Won’t They?
It seems all eyes are waiting on the US Federal Reserve announcement tomorrow. Yet another will they or won’t they on raising interest rates. This has been going on for well over a year now, but unfortunately that is the world we live in. A world where everyone waits on the word of the “wise few” to decide the price of money.
We still reckon they won’t change them. But who knows? We’ve read some good arguments as to why the Fed might shock everyone with a rate rise, cause a crash in stocks and give themselves room (and an excuse) to cut again soon.
This seems to be what is holding gold and silver in the ranges they have been in too.
Gold and Silver in NZ Dollars This Week
NZD Gold has been holding just above NZ$1750 all week. So far at least it hasn’t really pulled back much from the recent highs.
Silver remains in an even more compressed trading range. This morning it again bumped up against the overhead resistance line in this wedge formation it has been in for many months now.
So odds are that the Fed announcement tomorrow could well break it out of this pattern.
Meanwhile the Kiwi Dollar has edged higher this week but not much higher off the multi year lows of last week.
This article from last Friday outlines how gold mining shares are set up to have a big move tomorrow also. And why the odds favour this being a rally higher.
So we sit and wait until tomorrow to see in which direction the metals move.
How the China Slowdown Will Impact NZ
Last week we discussed the possible impacts of China importing less from Australia and also how this might affect NZ.
We were reminded of something we posted back in 2012. An interview with Satyajit Das where he commented on how NZ might fare compared to Australia in a China slowdown.
Das is worth listening to. A very clear to the point style of speaking devoid of hype or fluff.
So far things for Australia and NZ seems to be playing out much as he expected.
Sticking to the topic of China and its impact upon New Zealand
Rod Oram in the Sunday Star Times had quite a good run down of the troubles facing China and by proxy New Zealand.
“…the outlook crucially depends on China. If its problems deepen and its growth slows further, then things gets tougher for the global economy. We are not immune.
The caveat is wise. The Reserve Bank and most other economists around the world have consistently under-estimated China’s challenges. As a result, our growth, trade and inflation have all under-performed the Reserve Bank’s forecasts over the past couple of years.
China is the first or second largest trading partner for more than 100 countries. Yet New Zealand is one of the most vulnerable to a Chinese slow down, according to analysis published by the UK’s Guardian newspaper two weeks ago.
In the first seven months of this year, Chinese imports fell 14.6 per cent. If this continued for a year, we would lose exports equivalent to 1.9 per cent of our GDP.
The common view here and abroad is that China’s growth is slowing because it is making the transition from an investment-driven economy to a consumer-driven one. This is superficially reassuring to us, suggesting that Chinese people will buy even more of the food, drink, tourism and education we sell them.
But what’s going on in China is far more profound. The country is undertaking its biggest, most complicated and difficult strategic shift in its 35 years of modernisation, a senior bank economist told this columnist in an interview in Beijing this week.”
“A rise in New Zealand’s overseas expenditure combined with a fall in earnings from exports drove an increase in our seasonally adjusted current account deficit, Statistics New Zealand said today.
The annual current account balance was a deficit of $8.3 billion (3.5% of GDP) for the year ended June 2015. This compares with a revised deficit of $8.1 billion (3.4% of GDP) for the year ended March 2015. The larger current account deficit was mainly due to a combination of decreased goods exports and increased goods imports.”
What is a current account deficit?
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We saw this over the weekend and wondered what impact it will have on NZ?
But whoa, whoa, whoa! Those foreign exchange reserves have now peaked.”And as you can see above, last year, these reserves peaked at a dollar value of $4 trillion.That’s roughly the same amount as the Fed spent buying U.S. government-backed bonds under its three QE programs.Now that trend is going into reverse…China is switching from an export-led growth model to a domestic consumption-based model.
As its exports shrink, less foreign currency is flowing into the country to pay for exports…
…and that means less forex reserves being recycled into financial assets outside of China.”
So the upshot of this is the rest of the world is feeling the effects. New Zealand has not, and likely will not, be immune to this reduced flow of currency.
Will it mean less money from China finding its way here? How will that affect the property market?
Points to ponder we think.
Silver Shortage – Reality or Hype?
We’ve seen quite a number of articles on the interwebs this week about silver shortages. We’ve posted a short video from Mike Maloney on the topic and then given our thoughts on the matter. There is a lot of “opinion” on this topic floating around. So we’ve tried to navigate some middle ground in our thoughts.
But one thing that is not in doubt is that demand is pretty high and supplies of many popular products are low or even not available. This seems to now be feeding through to causing delays in other products.
So get in touch if you’d like a quote, but bear in mind that for silver you may be waiting longer than usual for delivery. However for an extra $27 a kilo, you can get Swiss PAMP silver available now. Also there is better pricing available for orders of $50,000 or more.
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We’ve still got free delivery on boxes of 500 x 1oz Canadian Silver Maples delivered to your door via UPS, fully insured.
Todays price is $15,135 but delivery has blown out to at least 5 weeks away.
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