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What we believe will be the overall trend of the year continued this week. With silver outperforming gold by a decent margin.
Gold in NZ Dollars pushed even higher from a week ago and is up a hefty 1.70% as we write. With the Kiwi dollar dropping even lower since we updated our chart below (hence why it says up 1.27%).
NZD gold is close to hitting the key 200 day moving average line, so we do expect to see a correction before too long. But precious metals do have a habit of surprising.
Silver in NZ Dollars is up just a sliver under 3% from a week ago. (Also jumping even higher since we updated our charts an hour ago.) Silver has now clearly broken above the 200 day MA. This points to silver being in the early stage of its next run higher. But that said, a pull back initially after such a strong rebound in December is to be expected currently.
The Kiwi Dollar did bounce up last week as expected. However all those gains disappeared this morning when the NZ Dollar fell after Trump’s speech.
Although maybe also after a speech by RBNZ head Wheeler. Much like his counterparts in the US Fed, Mr Wheeler is talking out of both sides of his mouth. Although with slightly different aims.
Janet Yellen and Co at the Fed are currently talking up the odds of a rate hike in the USA. Likely with the aim of keeping a lid on gold and silver.
Because there are number of geopolitical/economic events happening over the next month or so, that could cause gold and silver prices to rise. Such as the various European elections.
So talking up higher rates may hold gold and silver back now, so when these other issues materialise any rise in precious metals will be from a lower base. (Even though we know gold and silver have historically risen with interest rates, not fallen as the mainstream would have you believe).
Meanwhile the RBNZ aim is to keep the NZ dollar from rising. By saying the odds are even for an interest rate rise or fall. Therefore hoping the NZ Dollar will fall due to the expectation of rising rates in the USA. But still some backside covering with equal chance of a rate rise.
We continue to think overall this year the Kiwi Dollar will rise versus the US Dollar. Especially with Trump so focussed on lower the US dollar. Perhaps one of the few things he will be able to have some impact on.
Alasdair Macleod also summarised why he believes the “current bullishness for the dollar in Western capital markets is based on out-of-date assumptions”.
“The global economy recovered during 2016, driven by China’s mercantilist plans. So massive has this stimulus been, that in the near future a danger is developing of supply bottlenecks in key commodities. The US economy has finally begun to perform reasonably well, despite what the doomsayers have been telling us. The Trump stimulus, if carried through, is not only too much too late, it is conflicting and downright dangerous.
US interest rates should have already been raised by now to more normal levels, but the normalisation of rates risks triggering a crisis through a mass liquidation of malinvestments. This may be the reason for the Fed’s reluctance to raise them to the correct level. Furthermore, with a widening budget deficit in prospect, it is hard to see how US Treasuries will avoid tipping into a vicious bear market. The risk is of a perfect storm.
Therefore, the current bullishness for the dollar in Western capital markets is based on out-of-date assumptions, only discounts first-order effects, and is likely to evaporate rapidly. Instead, its rally following the presidential election looks increasingly like an uptick before a very big fall. And if markets wrest control of term interest rates from the Fed, as seems increasingly likely, the Fed will become powerless to curb price inflation, without triggering a major credit and systemic crisis, for which the Lehman failure will just look like a warm-up act. I would not be surprised if the macroeconomic community in America, when it recognises the danger, begins to discuss the option of introducing price controls, as the only option left. If it doesn’t, it is likely Trump himself will.”
The team at GATA (Gold Anti Trust Action Committee) have worked tirelessly for over 16 years to gain evidence that proves central banks endeavour to control the gold and silver markets. They have been roundly pilloried the whole time. But if you take the time to read the evidence they have collected (much of it from the official record even!) , there would seem to be little doubt.
GATA Chairman Bill Murphy gave a presentation at the cleverly named Anarcapulco conference last week.
It runs through the whole history of GATA. Why they started, and what they’ve discovered. It is lengthy but we’d recommend you check it out and at least read the latter half from where we outline in the introduction. As Bill has an interesting theory as to what might finally end this manipulation and send gold and silver prices much higher.
A few weeks back we discussed what causes gold prices to rise.
We noted the discrepancy between the paper market pricing and physical gold demand. This week we came across an excellent infographic which explains visually the gold price discovery process. It demonstrates how the price of gold is set in London by unallocated trading which channels gold demand away from real physical gold and into paper.
This is a difficult topic to get your head around. So seeing it rather than reading it certainly simplifies things.
Last week we discussed falling real rates. That is, what the interest rate is after taking inflation into account.
Bullionvault touched on the same topic in an email this week. But also the lack of physical buying being seen in many places across the globe:
Those last couple of numbers show how little money is invested in silver currently compared to financial assets.
We’re seeing very similar action to that reported above. There has been very little interest in buying gold or silver since the December lows were recorded.
In fact so far the first 2 months of this year have been our quietest since the same time last year. Take a look back at the start of last year on the charts above and you’ll see then prices were also heading higher after bottoming out in December 2015.
Our contacts in the industry both here in New Zealand and overseas are reporting similar lack of interest and buying of physical metals.
History says that the times when no one is buying physical gold and silver is actually the best time to be buying!
So far this year is doing a pretty decent job of retracing the start of 2016. That is, a sharp run up in prices, but a corresponding lack of physical buying.
That said, the recent run ups are starting to look a little long in the tooth and a correction is likely. So we’d say any pull back from here looks like a prime buying opportunity.
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Tue, 28 Feb 2017 5:14 PM NZST
The team at GATA have fought tirelessly to expose the manipulation in the gold and silver markets for over 17 years. Lately it seems their efforts may finally be gaining some vindication. In this presentation by their Chairman Bill Murphy, you’ll get an overview of what GATA has done over that long period of time. […]
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 9:17 AM NZST
We’ve written many times how the “death of the US dollar won’t necessarily happen in the form of a collapse as most people think. It will more likely be a series of steps that reduces the Dollars role as the global reserve currency. But there is still the chance that one of these steps could be quite sudden. Read on to see […]
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 9:04 AM NZST
We recently discussed “What Causes Gold Prices To Rise?”. It is a big topic and a controversial and misunderstood one for that matter. But it is the paper markets where the price (for now at least) continues to be set. It’s a difficult topic to get your head around but this infographic does a good […]
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 7:52 PM NZST
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