by Alasdair Macleod, Gold Money:
Whilst ‘quality’ might be a subjective term, it seems to have been applied, in my opinion quite rightly, to gold, silver, platinum and palladium by investors looking to protect themselves from a start-of-the-year volatility storm in other asset classes. In the wider commodity world, oil and copper prices are still languishing whilst precious metals have shown their value to investors as a stand-alone and increasingly non-correlated asset class. I think this should be considered as bullish.
Further cheer should be taken from the fact that precious metals are finding support even against a deflationary landscape and weak global growth forecasts. I recognise that some of the positive price action can be attributed to a fall in the US Dollar, following a market revision to the timetable for US rate rises, but maintain that the shine of gold, silver, platinum and palladium is being recognised as an effective solution for portfolios.
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