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Perpetual volatility: Will investors abandon Gold?

24 Jul

mcx gold tradingGold futures are weighing and responding in earnest to the Ben Bernanke Congressional testimony of the last week. While the futures look comfortable in dealing with the anticipation that the Fed would not taper as soon as the markets had thought, lending it some buying appetite, the prospect of a tapering lingers with an uneasy calm.

“There’s still a bit of a thirst for the metal,” Jonathan Barratt, chief executive officer of Barratt’s Bulletin said to Bloomberg.

“Given that Bernanke has already suggested that tapering will only occur when they’re very comfortable with the economic outlook, we’re going to see tapering on the agenda but it’s going to be some time before it actually starts,” he added.

Gold on the Comex for delivery on August 13 was seen trading at $1,338.85/oz, a gain of $4.15 or 0.31% as of 10.05 AM IST.

The multi-billion Dollar question used to be this: When will the US Federal Reserve start to taper? After a series of testimonies this year, the answer looks very much elusive. The Fed could not be blamed on this, because they are doing what that is mandated out of them.

The Fed do own the trigger of shooting the Quantitative Easing measures point-blank. Only thing is that they cannot pull it at their will. In fact, having started this whirlpool of money printing, a genie is out, which is refusing to go into the bottle.

The markets have in effect become QE fetish to such an extent that it would be difficult to pull the trigger on QE execution. Playing to the gallery is imperative in a politicized economy.

Now, the mult-billion Dollar question is if the QE measures would be tapered at all? High profile leadership at PIMCO, world’s biggest institution investing in bond markets, believe that the ultra-loose monetary policy may continue until it is 2016.

That is no walking distance from 2013!

The fact remains that gold futures would see extended periods of volatility as data releases occur every time. The Fed has clubbed the QE measures to a recovery in job markets, housing markets and a moderate and healthy inflation. Each data release in this category, fluctuating as each one is, would take the futures on a roller coaster ride.

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Any negative sign is taken for a point to rally up and any positive sign on economy could be interpreted as a point to rally down in gold. Now imagine that happening all the way to 2016! That is a perfect incentive for investors to abandon gold. Especially when there are other less volatile instruments to conduct trade and make money.

But, at some point in time, all these QE measures would have to be curtailed. That would be the time when markets would see the perfect storm.

Hours before the Minutes, Gold flat

10 Jul

Perpetual gold bulls liken Ben Bernanke, the US Federal Reserve Chairman, to one who delivered the bull market in gold with one hand and grabbed it back with the other; 2011 had seen gold futures rallying all the way to $1900 levels on QE steroids only to dip below the $1200 levels very recently.

Gold updates

Past two days had seen a slight uptrend in gold, marked by buying at lower levels and some short covering. However, hours before US Federal Reserve is about to come out with the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee meet, which held in June, the futures are trading flat.

FOMC meeting minutes are scheduled to be released by 11.30 PM IST. This would be followed by a speech of Ben Bernanke sometime around 1.40 AM IST, Thursday.

Gold on the Globex platform of Comex for delivery on August 13 was seen trading at $1,245.05/oz, a loss of $0.85 or 0.07% as of 11.04 AM IST. Gold on India’s MCX for delivery on August 05 was seen trading at Rs.26008, almost flat.

It looks to be a wait-and-watch mode as far as gold investors are concerned.

Perpetual gold bulls liken Ben Bernanke, the US Federal Reserve Chairman, to one who delivered the bull market in gold with one hand and grabbed it back with the other; 2011 had seen gold futures rallying all the way to $1900 levels on QE steroids only to dip below the $1200 levels very recently.

The QE measures or Quantitative Easing measures—bond buying by Federal Reserve—had made gold rally to insane levels, and when June 2013 saw Bernanke announcing tapering of the measures provided the job market recovers, sent gold to a nadir.

It is the FOMC that takes a collective decision on whether or not to continue with the QE measures. It is worthwhile to note that positive job data that came in recently has taken the glitters off the eyes of QE advocates.

“The U.S. dollar is still rallying and Treasury yields are still trying to find a top. It’s still a pretty negative environment for gold.” said Victor Thianpiriya, an analyst at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. in Singapore to Bloomberg News.

Besides, the rout in the currencies of emerging markets has added to Dollar strength.

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