Gold Settings Its Sights on $1,900

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The yellow metal is up about 20% in the last year, but at least one analyst says that it will soon go much higher. Here’s why he thinks it may set a new record.

In a recent interview with Kitco, Peter Reznicek, head trader at ShadowTrader, spoke about the extremely bullish signals that gold has been sending over the past six months. The metal is currently riding on six-year highs, oscillating in a narrow trading range above last year’s high of $1,553.

While the jump of roughly 20% in gold prices over the past year  has enticed many investors, Reznicek says that the price spike is merely the beginning of something very exciting in the market. The veteran trader explained that he favors long-term charts and, when assessing gold, looks as far back as two decades ago to get a better idea of where the metal is headed.

Observing the market from this perspective, Reznicek found it clear that last summer marked a breakout from a prolonged range bound pattern. While some view gold’s retracement from the $1,600 level as a sign that the metal might be moving too fast, Reznicek isn’t the least bit concerned and assures investors that gold is on a clear upwards trajectory.

As Reznicek points out, gold prices soared around mid-2019 before moving sideways over the next couple of months, which is a bullish sign in and of itself. Gold’s strong positioning above last year’s highs suggests that the metal is enjoying excellent support around current levels and could be one or two drivers away from a major breakout.

Reznicek has little doubt that gold bottomed out ahead of the summer price jump and that, from a longer-term perspective, the metal is preparing to shoot far above current levels. Having been bullish on gold for some time, Reznicek unequivocally advised investors that long gold is the position they want to be in right now.

In terms of price levels, Reznicek pointed to $1,613 as the next key resistance level that gold shouldn’t have a hard time breaching. Over a slightly longer period, Reznicek said that gold investors should keep an eye out for the all-time high of $1,900 as a very reachable level, while leaving open the possibility that the metal could end up even higher in the near future. Reznicek’s prediction echoes that of several other guests on Kitco’s show, many of whom are predicting that gold will indeed recapture levels last seen in 2011 and possibly leapfrog them.

Speaking about short-term drivers, Reznicek singled out the coronavirus as a potentially important tailwind for gold. Although the trader feels that the outbreak hasn’t influenced the gold market to a significant degree thus far, he noted that any significant market disruption related to the virus would definitely play into gold’s favor.

Gold Prices to Surge 30% in 2020, Says Bridgewater Analyst

On the back of a strong 2019, one analyst sees an even better year for gold in 2020. Here’s why he thinks the metal may surpass $2,000.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Greg Jensen, the co-chief investment officer at Bridgewater, shared his prediction for gold’s trajectory in the near future. The metal had most recently shot up above $1,600, the highest level in seven years, riding on high tensions between the U.S. and Iran. And although it has retraced since then, it remains perched above last year’s high of $1,553, last seen in 2013.

As great as gold’s gains have been thus far, Jensen sees a lot more positive price action ahead. In the interview, Jensen pointed out that the threat of a military conflict with Iran wasn’t the only source of concerns, as the metal had also been appreciating steadily amid ongoing trade disputes with China.

Like other experts, Jensen thinks that trade issues between the U.S. and China are far from resolved and will continue to prompt safe-haven buying, adding that the conflict with Iran likewise hasn’t fully simmered down. Furthermore, Jensen potentially sees a notable increase in geopolitical flare-ups ahead that could send gold climbing to $2,000 this year, above its all-time peak of $1,911.

Besides geopolitical uncertainty, Jensen expects central bank policies to remain supportive of gold, just as they had been in the second half of 2019. The metal began its steady climb at the beginning of summer, as central banks around the world suddenly turned dovish and followed in the Federal Reserve’s stead by slicing interest rates, which is generally seen as a major boon for gold. Since then, global negative-yielding debt has reached a dizzying peak of over $15 trillion, creating a dearth of safe-haven opportunities.

Jensen thinks that the Fed is likely to push interest cutting even further this year by possibly slicing nominal rates to zero in order to combat slowing growth and the looming threat of a U.S. recession, a red flag that became especially prominent in the second half of 2019. On the flip side, Jensen also sees the Fed potentially choosing to usher in a period of high inflation, giving gold another major price driver.

Jensen’s view is shared by several other notable fund managers, starting with his colleague Ray Dalio, the founder of Bridgewater. A long-time advocate of the yellow metal who favors a gold-heavy strategy for his top-performing fund, Dalio doubled down on his usual sentiment last year by urging investors to start buying gold amid what he sees as a paradigm shift with loose monetary policies across the globe. Around the same time, DoubleLine CEO Jeffrey Gundlach also stated that he is adamantly long gold due to expectations of a decline in the greenback’s value.

“Watch Gold” Among These 2020 Market Surprises

Despite being optimistic for the financial markets in 2020, one forecaster believes that gold prices may continue to rise in the new year. Here’s his rationale.

In an interview with CNBC, veteran forecaster and vice chairman of private wealth solutions at Blackstone Byron Wien spoke about his outlook for the next fiscal year. Known for his annual list of 10 surprises to look for in the market, the Wall Street expert chose to stick to tradition and withhold his predictions until January.

However, Wien did share some things regarding what to expect over the short and long term. While Wien didn’t go into his forecasts just yet, he singled out gold as a particularly interesting investment to watch for in 2020. Wien’s nudge towards gold stands out even more given the strategist’s general expectations for the coming year.

Despite geopolitical tensions and trade disputes, Wien isn’t too concerned that either will spill out into the coming months. Wien is optimistic regarding the early draft of a trade deal with China, a resolute Brexit and a simmering down of domestic political turmoil. While mostly bullish, Wien singled out a few possible risks on the horizon.

One would be the election of a candidate whose market policies radically differ from those of President Trump, which Wien thinks could end up causing significant upheaval to the economy. Another would be a scenario where the Federal Reserve gets caught by surprise inflation which, although unlikely, the stage does appear set for.

Over the longer term, Wien shared some notes about the pervasive issue of debt, including the federal deficit and the overall domestic debt. While the ever-expanding figures tend to be the eye-catchers, Wien explains that the U.S. economy has enjoyed an environment of low debt service rate. Although the national debt has quadrupled over the past two decades, the debt service has only gone up 25%. Wien finds this unsustainable and expects the market to eventually be shook by the coming of higher interest rates. On the other hand, Wien agreed with his hosts that any rise in U.S. interest rates is difficult to see in the near future, especially due to the amount of liquidity that central banks are currently working with.

Wien said that market participants are likewise preparing for a similar economic climate in 2020, a sentiment that has powered growth as of late. In contrast to Wien’s optimistic viewpoints, he pointed to gold as the asset to once again keep an eye out for. After an exceptional second half to the year, gold is up roughly 15% since the beginning of the year and has many forecasters calling for it to hit $1,600 in 2020.

The Narrative About Gold is Changing Again

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Fundamentals may be important, but one writer argues that an asset’s narrative often drives price – and he thinks gold’s current narrative is looking very rosy.

This year, gold and the U.S. dollar have moved up in tandem, which many have found to be a curious occurrence, as the two are supposed to be inversely correlated. To FX Markets’ Arkadiusz Sieron, however, the occurrence was not strange at all. As Sieron points out, in the absence of certainty, the markets will always be susceptible to sticking to whichever narrative is trending in an attempt to predict the unpredictable.

Mervyn King, a former Bank of England governor, wrote about how narratives can often completely dictate the flow of the global economy and the valuations of assets. As a particularly prominent example, King used the 2008 financial crisis to highlight how market sentiment was swayed seemingly overnight. As King notes, the buildup to the 2008 crisis was based on the narrative that excess borrowing and the housing bubble weren’t that big of an issue. As soon as the narrative changed and the status quo was no longer sustainable, a global recession broke out and asset prices were reinvented.

Despite its strong fundamentals that have held up for centuries, Sieron points out that gold is just as susceptible to market sentiment as other assets, if not more so. While the overall supply of the metal might be on a worrying decline and the global economy rests on shaky foundations, investors can still opt to favor the trending sentiment instead of hard data and ride the narrative for years on end.

Sieron singles out four main examples of how narratives dominated the gold market irrespective of fundamentals. First came concerns about inflation in the 70s that brought the price to above $600, followed by the notion that gold is a dated investment and should be pushed aside in favor of newer and better options, which went on throughout the 80s and 90s and brought the price back to nearly $200. By the end of the 20th century, however, it became clear that things weren’t nearly as rosy as they were portrayed. Concerns over mounting debt and a weakening dollar slowly pushed gold’s price up over the following decade, culminating in the metal’s all-time high of over $1,900 in 2011. From there, another narrative was ushered in, one of the crisis being behind us and the economic recovery being underway, with gold prices once again moving downwards in response.

A little less than a decade removed from 2011, however, Sieron believes that the narrative of optimism has nearly extinguished. Sieron views the metal’s spike to six-year highs this summer as the turning point of a new market trend, as investors once again grow wary of the various question marks and red flags. Yet this time, things could be different. While the era of negative yields and recessionary concerns brought in another bull market for gold, there is no way to swipe away the specter of record-high federal deficit and global debt, both issues for which there are no real solutions. This, coupled with signs that the U.S. dollar is losing its grip on the status of a reserve currency for the first time in decades, leads Sieron to believe that the newly-started bull market in gold could run indefinitely.

The Factors Behind Gold Price Resilience

Despite the recent pullback in the price of gold, this analyst outlines why the yellow metal has proven so resilient this year and why it will soon head higher.

Despite having pulled back as the year draws to a close, gold is still up more than 18% year-to-date. Forbes contributor Naeem Aslam examines the factors that made way for the yellow metal’s spectacular show of strength this year.

Aslam finds it particularly notable that gold has posted one of its best performances in recent memory alongside a climb in the S&P 500 Index. Normally, a greater appetite for risk investments translates to less interest in safety assets, but this has not been the case. A strong equity market usually acts as gold’s biggest competitor and headwind, yet investors have been keen to hedge their bets with plenty of gold.

One reason for this could be a lack of faith in the strength of the domestic and global economy. Various red flags have risen over the past few months to suggest a major crisis is on the way, not the least of which has been a Federal Reserve gauge that warned of a potential domestic recession in the near term. The disappointing US ISM manufacturing number released last week showed that U.S. factories are feeling the pressure of the U.S.-China trade war. The report joins dismal factory data from across Europe that suggests an economic contraction is underway. Aslam believes that the current state of affairs will eventually take down the labor market and that a trade deal will soon become a necessity.

Ultimately, however, Aslam finds the action on the charts to be the most telling. Gold’s technicals are currently boasting several optimistic signals, with perhaps the most significant being the formation of a bullish triangle. This move suggests gold prices could be headed above $1,650.

The drop in volatility in the gold market shows that traders have enough faith in the metal and are buying at a steady pace. Aslam notes that the reasoning behind this lies in the stock market’s conspicuous run and fears of a potential downturn.

This explains why gold has consistently returned to the $1,500 level after each dip, and Aslam sees the ability to cling to this key resistance level very much important to keep the gains going. Aslam added that momentum is clearly in gold’s favor despite happenings in other markets, and that traders are likely to keep pushing the action for the foreseeable future. With so many other factors propelling gold higher, such as global central bank rate cuts and general uncertainty, it shouldn’t be a stretch to see the $1,650 level that the chart is pointing to sooner rather than later.

The Odd Synchronized Rise of Gold and the USD (Here’s Why)

A rare set of circumstances has the dollar and price of gold rising together. One analyst has a theory for why it’s happening, and where gold may go from here.

Synchronized Rise of Gold and the USD

As MarketWatch’s Ivan Martchev points out, this year has seen a strange occurrence of gold rising alongside the U.S. dollar. Historically, a strong greenback has acted as one of gold’s biggest headwinds, as the metal is primarily priced in the U.S. currency.

However, this past summer, gold tested one resistance level after another, gaining as much as $300 so far this year. At the same time, the greenback continues to hover around all-time highs. To explain this phenomenon, Martchev explains how it’s important to look at the Broad Trade-Weighted Dollar Index, which takes in many more metrics than the regular DXY index.

Martchev notes that the dollar’s strength is no longer dictated solely by the Federal Reserve’s funds rate. Instead, the monetary policies of various economies across the globe have played a major role in holding the U.S. dollar up while also allowing gold to post its best performance in six years.

Negative-yielding bonds in Europe, a dismal Brexit situation and quantitative easing (QE) from the European Central Bank have all propped the dollar up. Yet these same factors are also highly beneficial for gold. The U.S.-China trade war and Beijing’s consequent devaluation of the yuan is another bullish component for the gold market, as the yuan’s depreciation pushes global central banks towards more quantitative easing. As Martchev notes, these QE programs have helped plunge various bonds into negative territory, leaving investors with less and less safe-haven options.

There is also the matter of excess fiat reserves in the global monetary system. While the ballooning of various central banks’ balance sheets, caused by central bankers purchasing their own bonds, has not yet led to an expansion of the monetary supply, gold enthusiasts remain hopeful that these money printing antics will eventually bring about hyperinflation and push gold to new highs. Although there hasn’t been a spike in inflation so far, the resulting negative-yielding bonds have proved to be enough of a booster for the gold market.

Martchev sees various venues for gold to continue its strong upwards momentum. According to him, a continuation of QE programs by the ECB and the new norm of negative-territory European bonds should lead to an additional 15%-20% gain in gold prices over the next 12 to 18 months, especially if the Federal Reserve shows an eagerness to employ QE of its own. Should a U.S. recession occur in the near-future, as many analysts and even the Fed itself have been forecasting, Martchev thinks gold will move to new all-time highs as Fed officials apply questionable policies to offset the domestic economic contraction.

China’s Next Power Play For The Gold Metal

CHINA IS TAKING ONE OF ITS BIGGEST STEPS YET TO SOLIDIFY ITSELF AS THE WORLD’S TOP GOLD CONSUMER. WHAT WILL THIS MEAN FOR THE FUTURE OF THE METAL?

China’s Next Power Play for the Gold Metal

This week, Your News to Know rounds up the most important news stories from the gold market. Stories include: China to launch gold benchmark in April, one chief economist remains optimistic on gold, and why gold makes for a great gift this holiday season.

CHINA DELAYS LAUNCH OF ITS GOLD BENCHMARK FOR APRIL

News of a yuan-denominated gold benchmark has been circulating for months. The launch was supposed to happen before the end of this year, but India’s Economic Times now reports that two sources close to the matter claim the benchmark will go live in April 2016.

“It will start in April with Chinese banks and some foreign banks,” one source inside a local bank said. “Jewellers, miners and banks could use this price as a benchmark.” The Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) has not yet made itself available to comment and has neither confirmed nor denied this.

The decision to launch a yuan-backed gold benchmark is seen as a power play, as China feels it should be a price-setter for the metal given its market weight. While a yuan fix won’t immediately rival those coming from London and New York, it stands to become a legitimate threat if the Chinese currency becomes fully convertible.

China recently made an unprecedented move of allowing foreign banks to trade yuan-denominated contracts on the SGE and also gave them import licenses, no doubt to increase the likelihood of these banks participating in the benchmark-setting process, which is another condition for its success.

ECONOMIST REMAINS OPTIMISTIC ON GOLD IN 2016

The most recent China Gold & Precious Metals Summit held in Shanghai saw many analysts express their view on what the future has in store for the yellow metal, especially in the wake of the recent rates hike.

As seen on Forbes, many of them expressed neutral or negative short-term outlooks, with a more positive long-term view. The factors that could weigh down on gold’s price in the near future included: lackluster sentiment by traders and investors, the absence of inflation, continuing strength of the dollar and the possibility of two to four additional rate hikes in 2016.

Yet not all analysts were bearish in the short-term. Martin Murenbeeld, chief economist for Dundee Capital Markets, remained optimistic, as he said he doesn’t expect any additional raises of interest rates in 2016. He added that some attendees even called for a ‘relief rally’ that would move gold’s price back above $1,200 before year’s end.

Douglas Groh, another presenter at the summit, was pessimistic on the dollar rather than gold: “He argued that buying low, as in buying right now, is what investment is all about,” Murenbeeld reminisced.

As the conference was held in Shanghai, there was no shortage of Chinese presenters who were bullish on gold and bearish on the greenback. Murenbeeld quotes Lu Dongshang from the Shandon Zhaojin Group Co. saying that the “U.S. dollar and U.S. dollar assets is ‘futureless’; the ‘overlord’ status of the U.S. dollar is being challenged, and the U.S. monetary system will experience a complete crash”, encouraging Chinese investors to turn to gold instead.

WHY LAWRIE WILLIAMS FEELS GOLD IS A GREAT GIFT FOR THIS FESTIVE SEASON

According to Lawrence Williams, gold is the perfect gift for this festive season. After all, in Christian tradition, gold was one of the three gifts that baby Jesus received, and Williams reminds us it has held up much better than the other two (frankincense and myrrh) over the years.

Members of virtually every religion and even those of little faith have always had a deep-seated appreciation for the metal. The reason Chinese and Indian religious festivals stand out from the crowd is the two countries’ enormous populations – a small amount of per capita consumption adds up to a massive national total.

With how quickly China’s economy is growing and with signs of improvement for India as well, these two countries are sure to remain the most prominent connoisseurs of the metal. More and more Chinese people are ‘dragged into’ the middle class, as evidenced by Chinese consumers spending more on their “Singles’ Day” than U.S. citizens did over the entire Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend. Compared to Westerners, Asians are far more likely to allocate some of their ‘spending money’ to gold in one of its many forms.

While gold is no less prominent in the West, it’s certainly less favored, as Western investors have a taste for the quick returns that could potentially come from equity markets. Yet many are now worrying how much time the stock bubble has left, bringing Williams to another reason why gold makes a stellar gift for these (and any other) festive times. Aside from its past and present appeal, at its current price of $1070 per ounce, the metal’s potential for value growth is “inordinately strong”. A single event could be sufficient to remind Westerners of gold’s safe-haven appeal, in turn allowing it to regain its fondly-remembered upwards momentum from a few years back.

Is China Headed For A Serious Socio-Economic Crash?

NOW THAT THE IMF WILL INCLUDE CHINA’S YUAN IN ITS BASKET OF CURRENCIES, WHAT ARE THE REPERCUSSIONS FOR THE WORLD ECONOMY AND YOU?

Chinas collapsing Is China Headed for a Serious Socio Economic Crash?

From L Todd Wood, for Birch Gold Group

The Communist Party of China still is a totalitarian government. Many people around the world forget this fact. The world’s second largest economy is run by a committee of dictators, where the people aren’t free and neither are the securities markets.

It is for this reason that the inclusion of the offshore version of the renminbi, the yuan, into the International Monetary Fund’s Special Drawing Rights, or SDR, may not be the panacea for China that their leaders think it will be.

You have to think about the marriage of the yuan’s rise to a convertible, global reserve currency, with the dramatic slowdown, or crash, of the manufactured, Chinese economic miracle. Although China has allowed some capitalistic thought and practice into its economic fiber, the economy is still “managed” — hence the term, managed capitalism.

This means that the markets are not truly allocating capital; on the contrary, China is still issuing five-year economic plans. In short, all China has done over the last several decades — in addition to making things cheaply and exporting them — is misallocate capital to keep its billions of people working, and to prevent social unrest.

Now, the decades of building ‘ghost cities’ are coming home to roost.

The Economic Times reports, “Now, with increased convertibility the yuan may be used for two purposes; one to attract more investment and two to enhance flight of capital to safer and more stable economies. It can also trigger off conversion of hoards of black money to safer havens…Therefore, inclusion of the yuan in the IMF’s basket of currencies may not be a good thing if things turn bad for China.”

In other words, with the yuan becoming a convertible, international currency, money can flow into China as well as go out. Only a small portion of the Chinese population is benefiting from the Chinese “economic miracle.” It is not sustainable.

The wealthy in China are hauling boat loads of cash out of the country as fast as possible. They know it is a ponzi scheme and they don’t want to be the last ones holding the empty bag. The convertibility of the yuan will allow this massive capital drain to increase.

Investors are going to be wary of a system where the sellers of securities in a market downturn are arrested and put in jail, where company intellectual information is stolen and there is not a level playing field in regard to competition with local firms. But that’s not all China has to worry about.

China could be headed for serious social unrest as well. There are millions of people, effectively serfs, who are disenfranchised from the wealth that has been created. They are angry. Their land is being taken for a factory, a city, a wealthy person’s palace. The ghost cities in China are surrounded by ghettos filled with people whose land was stolen to build the empty metropolis.

To summarize, China is headed for a serious socio-economic crash with all of the negative effects that will entail.

The problem to you and me is that this will damage the global economy as well. You can’t have a collapse of the world’s second largest economy and not have outsized, collateral damage.

The fact that wealthy Chinese people will be able to remove billions of dollars in stolen wealth from the system, while a collapse happens, will only add gasoline to the proverbial fire.

The bigger the economic bubble, the bigger the consequences when it pops. China is history’s biggest. The world’s financial system is teetering on many levels. All the more reason to make sure you have a properly diversified portfolio, one that includes more than just the paper assets that could be worth no more than the paper they’re printed on.


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These 4 Factors Holding Back Gold, Will Likely Start Benefiting The Yellow Metal

With all the speculation surrounding gold prices, one report claims that it likely has nowhere to go but up. Read why here.

These 4 Factors Holding Back Gold, Will Likely Start Benefiting the Yellow Metal

This week, Your News to Know brings you the most relevant news stories about the state of the gold market and the overall economy. Stories include: Why gold might finally be nearing a bottom, 3 reasons to be bullish on gold in 2016, and Lawrie Williams’ take on gold in 2016.

THE CASE FOR WHY GOLD COULD FINALLY REACH ITS BOTTOM

In a recent email interview with Myra Saefong of MarketWatch, George Milling-Stanley expressed his thoughtson the road ahead for gold. Milling-Stanley is no stranger to precious metal and its dealings, being the head of investment strategy at State Street Global Advisors.

Much of the interview revolves around a single question: Could gold finally be nearing its bottom? Milling-Stanley believes that it might very well be and provides some solid arguments in favor of this.

Ever since 2013, gold has been bouncing back and forth inside a price range of $1,050-$1,350. It has thus far been unable to break past the upper limits of this range despite record sales of bullion coins – Milling-Stanley believes four factors are preventing a breakthrough, each of them being equally effective: The dollar’s strength, the continued absence of inflation, the strength in U.S. equities and complacency in the face of risk. The latter became especially pronounced in the wake of attacks in Paris, as gold remained in the same spot despite its status as a safe-haven asset. For the time being, gold is locked within its range, but eventually each of these four factors will change favorably for the metal.

And what about the lower end of the range? Milling-Stanley doesn’t think the metal can go much further down, insisting it’s near its bottom and dismissing the possibility of an interest rates hike having any lasting impact: “There may be a short-term, knee-jerk downward move when higher interest rates become a reality, but I do not expect higher interest rates to exert any sustained downward pressure on gold prices,” he says. The main reason for this is simple: The current gold price already takes a rates hike into account as if it had already happened.

For gold to dip past $1,050 in any relevant way, significant weakness would have to occur in internal market fundamentals (the balance between supply and demand). “It is difficult to imagine where such weakness might occur,” Milling-Stanley notes, adding that any of the aforementioned four factors becoming more pronounced is similarly “hard to envisage”.

3 REASONS TO BE BULLISH ON GOLD IN 2016

Despite HSBC’s recent bearish stance on gold, the firm is now calling for a bounce back in 2016. As reported by Jonathan Ratner on Financial Post, chief HSBC precious metals analyst James Steel has given us three good reasons to get more bullish on bullion.

The first comes in the form of emerging-market demand: Together, China and India account for nearly two-thirds of global gold consumption and are expected to further increase their buying in the future. Steel reminds us that emerging-market investors are sensitive, staying away when gold nears $1,300 and flocking to it as it moves around $1,100.

The second reason is the expected rally of the euro versus the dollar, as gold has been known to have an inverse relationship with the greenback. Despite a possible rates hike, the dollar stands to weaken either due to a shortened tightening cycle by the U.S. central bank or a reversal of its tightening policies caused by low inflation or weak growth.

Lastly, Steel forecasts that gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) will become net buyers again after three years of selling, and also expects net positions in areas such as the COMEX to rise.

LAWRENCE WILLIAMS ASKS: WHAT WILL GOLD DO NEXT YEAR?

As retail holiday events take their turns ahead of the fast-approaching 2016, Lawrence Williams asks an important question: What will the yellow metal do next year?

On Sharps Pixley, he contrasts the view of analysts in a negative-tone within a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article with any number of different situations that could benefit the metal. One important point to remember: The dull and pessimistic prediction seen on WSJ still isn’t bad for gold at all.

The bank analysts polled by WSJ generally agree that gold should have a flat upcoming year with an average price of $1,114 an ounce, but seemingly fail to acknowledge that this ‘bleak’ outlook is actually an improvement over the current situation and seemingly guarantees a slightly-better year for the metal.

But what if things take a turn for the unexpected – could gold go much higher than intended? Demand has certainly been on the increase, with both India and China (the world’s largest consumers of the metal) seeing record imports. Central banks further drive demand for physical gold up by buying what Williams estimates could be 400-500 tons a year. When coupled with low prices that are halting mining operations, this heightened demand from around the globe will have to cause a supply squeeze eventually, although this realization still isn’t doing much for gold prices.

Gold has been doing great in plenty of currencies other than the one it’s valued in by most investors: The dollar. For gold to rise against the dollar, the value of the greenback would have to fall, but Williams doesn’t find this to be such an unlikely scenario; given the big balance of payments deficit and the adverse effects a higher dollar would have on the domestic economy, the Fed might not want it increasing in value any further. Consequently, the Fed might actually take steps to keep its currency under control.

Other than the Fed acting against the dollar, any one out of a number of possible ‘black swan’ events could go off at any moment and cause bullion demand to spike: Another national debt default or a geopolitical conflict taking a turn for the worse are just some examples of possible catalysts for gold’s ascension. Whichever the case, Williams believes that gold should do just fine in 2016.


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