Gold hit record highs in a number of currencies on Monday as trade war worries, geopolitical uncertainty and expectations of a slowing economy drove investors to seek safe haven.
During a recent interview on Fox Business, Peter Schiff said the trade is to get out of the dollar and look at gold. As if to prove him right, gold shot up about 1.5% Monday in dollar terms, hitting a six-year high. The yellow metal pushed to $1,469,60 before some profit-taking stalled the rally.
Gold demand jumped to a three-year high through the first half of 2019, driven by central bank gold-buying, inflows of metal into ETFs and a resurgence of Indian jewelry demand.
Gold demand totaled 2181.7 tons through the first half of the year, according to the World Gold Council Gold Demand Trends Q2 2019 report. It was the strongest gold demand through the first half of a year since 2016.
The Federal Reserve came through with its first interest rate cut in more than a decade this week. But with Jerome Powell trying desperately to convince everybody that this wasn’t the beginning of a long cutting cycle, the stock markets weren’t pleased. And neither was President Trump. So, he decided to put his own fingerprint on the markets, announcing new tariffs on Chinese products. In this week’s Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey breaks it all down and explains how it impacted the gold market.
In a podcast last week, Peter Schiff said we have all the elements of a gold bull market. This week, he appeared on Kitco News and talked with Daniela Carbone about what’s going on with gold. Peter said he thinks we’re at the beginning of a breakout from the consolidation we’ve seen in the market since it peaked at $1,900 back in 2011. He also said he thinks gold will push well-above $5,000.
As he has been doing for months, Peter honed in on Federal Reserve monetary policy as the big driver.
Markets are basically in “hurry up and wait” mode as they anticipate the Federal Reserve FOMC meeting next week. Will the central bank cut rates as anticipated? Or will Powell and company surprise everybody?
In the meantime, there was some interesting economic and market news to digest this week. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap, host Mike Maharrey talks about the European Central bank meeting and the continuing surge in silver prices. He also looks ahead toward the next week’s Fed meeting.
You would think folks on Wall Street would be pretty good at economics. Some of them are. But as Alex Merced will attest, just because somebody lands a job as a stockbroker doesn’t mean they’re a good economist.
Alex works as a Wall Street trainer. He also teaches economics. In fact, he’s produced hundreds of videos on economic topics ranging from basic to advanced. In this episode of It’s Your Dime, host Mike Maharrey and Alex talk about economics and investing.
One of the reasons to own physical gold is that it doesn’t come with any counterparty risk.
In simplest terms, counterparty risk is the chance that one party in a financial transaction will default on its contractual obligation. My asset is somebody else’s liability. If I loan you money, there is always the possibility that you won’t pay me back. Or consider buying a stock. There is a risk that the company will go bankrupt and the value of that stock will go to zero.
As gold has rallied over the last few months, silver has lagged behind. The silver-gold ratio spread to near-record levels. This tells us that silver is extremely undervalued compared to gold. But last Tuesday, that spread began to narrow ever-so-slightly and silver crossed a key price level on Thursday. Could this be the beginning of the breakout in silver we’ve been expecting? On this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey breaks down what’s going on in the silver market along with the big leg-up in gold this week. He also highlights the ever-growing levels of consumer debt and tells you the latest on China’s move to dump US bonds.