The key question is whether the worst is behind the gold bulls…
The price of gold returned to above $1,800. Is the correction over?
As the chart below shows, the price of gold rebounded, jumping from $1,763 to $1,811 on Tuesday (December 1) and increased further on Wednesday. As a reminder, the price of gold corrected more than 6 percent in November and almost 15 percent from its peak in August. Now, the key question is whether the worst is behind the gold bulls.
Well, it’s too early to declare it with certainty, but it’s possible. Or we are very close to the bottom – at least, if history is any guide. After all, in the past few years, gold used to reach the local bottom either in November or December. So, recently, there has been seasonal weakness between September and December in the gold market, with November being a tough period for the yellow metal.
Hence, the hopes about revival in the gold market could be justified. After all, the price of gold has been in a correction for about four months now. And the recent news about the vaccines – I refer here to the fact that yesterday (December 2), the UK approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use as the first country in the world and said that it will be rolled beginning next week – have not sent gold prices down. So, it could be the case that the endgame for the pandemic has already been priced into the price of gold.
Of course, gold can decline even further in the short-term. Wild fluctuations are possible on a daily basis. However, the fundamental outlook remains positive for the precious metal, no matter what the case is with gold’s technical performance. You see, regardless of when the vaccines against the coronavirus are distributed around the world and when the pandemic comes to an ultimate end, the global economy will not recover anytime soon. Actually, we are likely to stay under the “new normal”.
Implications for Gold Under a New Normal
What do I mean by the “new normal”? First of all, interest rates will stay low for longer. We will fall into the debt trap, so the Fed’s ultra-easy monetary policy is not likely to be normalized anytime soon. Indeed, as Powell has recently said in his testimony to Congress,
The rise in new COVID-19 cases, both here and abroad, is concerning and could prove challenging for the next few months. A full economic recovery is unlikely until people are confident that it is safe to reengage in a broad range of activities. Recent news on the vaccine front is very positive for the medium term. For now, significant challenges and uncertainties remain, including timing, production and distribution, and efficacy across different groups. It remains difficult to assess the timing and scope of the economic implications of these developments with any degree of confidence.
In consequence, the real interest rates should stay near zero for years. Actually, if inflation accelerates – and this risk has increased after the pandemic – the real rates can decline even further. The ultra-low bond yields will decrease the opportunity costs of holding the precious metals, thus increasing the demand for gold.
Oh, by the way, the public debt is going to expand. The fiscal packages should be finally delivered by US policymakers, which will add to the ballooning indebtedness, exerting downward pressure both on the interest rates and the US dollar. You see, the greenback may still be the prettiest amongst the ugly fiat currency sisters, but its charm has recently been diminished because of the Fed’s interest rate cuts and spikes in America’s fiscal deficits. It seems to be positive news for gold, the ultimate safe haven asset, in the long-run.
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Arkadiusz Sieron, PhD
Sunshine Profits: Analysis. Care. Profits.
Disclaimer: Please note that the aim of the above analysis is to discuss the likely long-term impact of the featured phenomenon on the price of gold and this analysis does not indicate (nor does it aim to do so) whether gold is likely to move higher or lower in the short- or medium term. In order to determine the latter, many additional factors need to be considered (i.e. sentiment, chart patterns, cycles, indicators, ratios, self-similar patterns and more) and we are taking them into account (and discussing the short- and medium-term outlook) in our Gold & Silver Trading Alerts.