Record Central Bank Gold Demand Continues

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NZD Gold Back to the 50 Day MA

Gold in New Zealand dollars was down $55 or 1.6% from 7 days ago. Today it sits just under the 50 day moving average (MA) at $3295, having pulled back from the highest price since November. The next buy zone as we said last week is now the 200 day MA at $3255. That has been strong support over the past couple of years, with the price only dipping below this on a handful of occasions.

While in US dollars gold was down $43 dropping back under the $2000 mark. It is retesting the breakout from the blue downtrend line. If that doesn’t hold then the 200 day MA is just below that at $1980. Then horizontal support at $1950.

NZ Dollar Gold Chart

Silver Once Again at Uptrend Line Buying Zone

NZD silver fared a bit better than gold for the week. Dipping 31 cents or 0.85% to yet again be back down to the blue uptrend line of the wedge formation. So it is once again also in what has proven to be an excellent buying zone over the last few years.

Pretty much the same situation on USD silver too. Down 29 cents or 1.3% this past week and also yet again close to the uptrend line too. Great place to grab a position too.

NZ Dollar Back Around Recent Lows

The Kiwi dollar was down 29 basis points from last week to 0.6052. Sitting just under the 200 day MA. Still watching to see if it can again challenge the downtrend line like it did over the holidays. But so far in 2024 the trend has remained down

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NZ Housing to Silver Ratio 1968 – Dec 2023 – Measuring NZ House Prices in Silver

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For decades, Kiwis have dreamt of owning their own slice of paradise. But with house prices still sky high despite the recent correction, that dream seems increasingly out of reach. But what if there was another way? This week, we explore the fascinating world of the “Housing to Silver Ratio” and delve into the possibility of using silver as a barometer for property investment.

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NZ Housing to Silver Ratio 1968 – Dec 2023 – Measuring NZ House Prices in Silver

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Record Central Bank Gold Demand Continues

This week’s feature article shows silver is very undervalued compared to property. While last week’s article on the housing to gold ratio, showed that there was a fair bit of upside in gold compared to property.

So silver remains super undervalued compared to property and therefore compared to gold too.

This is partly evidenced by the differing demand for the two metals globally right now. Gold demand remains robust, mostly due to central banks and Chinese consumer demand:

China’s Gold Sales Surge As Economic Confidence Crashes
As China’s economy slows, it is increasingly taking refuge in gold and helping to drive global demand to new heights.

Since the end of its draconian pandemic-era restrictions last January, the world’s second-largest economy has been menaced by challenges from a stagnant manufacturing sector to a high debt-to-GDP ratio to an ongoing property sector crunch.

Yet the People’s Bank of China, the country’s government-dominated central bank, was the single-largest purchaser of gold last year, according to a report released Wednesday by industry group the World Gold Council.

Global demand for the metal last year was down 5 percent from 2022 when excluding over-the-counter (OTC) market trading, the report said. However, taking OTC into account, this figure rises to 4,899 metric tonnes (5,400 tons), an annual record. The report noted that the average price of the commodity, US$1,940 per ounce, was also a record, exceeding that of 2022.


The report goes on to explain that it is central banks who are doing most of the purchasing when it comes to gold:

“Central banks continued buying up gold at “a blistering rate,” per the report, securing 1,037t in 2023—the second highest on record after 2022. The People’s Bank of China boosted its reserves by 225t year-on-year, for a total of 2,235t of the commodity.”

This made up for the drop in coin and bullion demand in Europe, along with a fall in jewellery demand in India. Whereas Chinese consumer demand for both bullion and jewellery was up in 2023.


While Silver Demand Falls

Whereas according to the Silver institute overall demand for silver is expected to drop 10% in 2023. While industrial demand is up 9%, physical investment in silver coins and bars is forecast to drop 21% in 2023 to 263 Moz.

“Losses have been concentrated in India and Germany. In India, record-high local prices led to profit taking, resulting in a 46% decline. In Germany, investor sentiment was diminished by the Value Added Tax hike on some silver coins at the start of 2023. On the plus side, the resilience of the United States market kept the global total historically high.


While outflows are predicted for Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) for the second straight year too.

Record Low Premiums

This lower demand for investment silver is reflected in the premiums above spot price for some products being very low. This includes bulk silver maple coins with the lowest premiums above spot price that we can remember for some time. Along with silver coins from other mints such as Austria, Australia and South Africa also at multi-year lows.

Meanwhile the gold price continues to build and quietly move higher. This is what often happens in the early stages of a cyclical bull market. Gold won’t be making any headlines, except for the wrong reasons like this one: Gold Prices Tumble to Two-Month Lows as U.S. Inflation Data Provokes Sell-Off. But the price will tick higher without many people noticing. Then slowly more new buyers will be attracted in.

Could This Be the Start of Gold Getting a Bit More Attention?

A clip from Joe Rogan’s podcast doing the rounds this week perhaps could be the start of gold getting a bit more attention on it?

Joe Rogan:  Have you ever seen the amount of Gold that exists on Earth?
The finite amount of gold that exists on Earth is shockingly small …


Today we have the silver price once again back down to what has been an excellent buying zone on the multiyear blue uptrend line. Combine this with the lowest premiums above spot price for many many years and right now is an excellent time to be buying a mint box of 500 silver coins. Check out the silver coin options here with 500 x 1oz Austrian Philharmonic Silver Coins being the best value right now.

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This Weeks Articles:

NZ Housing to Silver Ratio 1968 – Dec 2023 – Measuring NZ House Prices in Silver

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 11:24 AM NZST

The housing to silver ratio shows that when priced in silver, New Zealand median house prices have fallen almost 29% since 2003. But you’ll also see how history shows you could potentially buy a median priced house in New Zealand for only $48,404… You may have read our article on the NZ housing to gold […]

The post NZ Housing to Silver Ratio 1968 – Dec 2023 – Measuring NZ House Prices in Silver appeared first on Gold Survival Guide.

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