On Target February 23rd 2019
Comment of the Day

February 21 2019

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

On Target February 23rd 2019

Thanks to a Martin Spring for this edition of his letter which may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:

Central banks seem to reckon that the yellow metal is a good investment. They’re buying it for their reserves at the highest rate for almost half a century. Last year their net purchases reached $27 billion – 74 per cent more than in 2017.

Russia, Turkey and Kazakhstan were the biggest purchasers as the deteriorating political climate spurred them to convert some of their foreign reserves out of dollars. Hungary increased its bullion holdings tenfold. Even Poland is buying tons of gold.

It’s clear that the down-trend in gold prices since 2011 came to an end last year. The metal’s price has been rising steadily since mid-August. Where is it heading this year?

“The macroeconomic and geopolitical climate is conducive to continued gains in both gold and silver, and the precious metals equities,” says American stockbroker Cantor Fitzgerald, given:

Gold’s recent and historical strong performance in a rising interest-rate environment.

Should inflation expectations rise, this typically is a very bullish leading indicator for gold and silver.

The inflection point where physical gold outflows from ETFs ceases and inflows resumed was reached in the final quarter of last year and inventory holdings have continued to climb.

Uncertainty and volatility in global equity, debt and currency markets draw investors to safe havens. There is considerable upside potential as “precious metals equities are still widely under-owned by sophisticated international investors.”

Eoin Treacy's view

Gold is one of the most popular and yet misunderstood of all alternative assets. It is commonly perceived as a hedge against inflation but also does well during periods of deflation. It is perhaps better to think of it as a hedge against stealth inflation when negative real interest rates prevail.

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