by Mark O’Byrne, Gold Core:
– Gold prices gained 16% in Q1 – best quarterly performance since 1986
– Gains due to increasing global financial, macroeconomic and monetary risk
– Stocks come under pressure – Flat in U.S.; Falls in Europe and Asia
– Sterling fell 20% on BREXIT concerns and the euro fell 11% against gold
– Canadian dollar fell 10%, Aussie dollar fell 9% & Swiss franc fell 12% against gold
– Outlook positive as gold and silver remain undervalued
– Reasserted role as safe haven in Q1
Gold prices gained 16% in the first quarter and had their best quarterly performance since 1986. Gold made gains due to continuing ultra loose monetary policies, diminished U.S. rate-increase expectations, worries about global economic growth, both U.S. and global geopolitical concerns and turmoil in markets.
Most of the gains came in the first six weeks of the year when market turmoil was at its worst and sharp falls were seen in stock markets. For the quarter, the S&P recovered from losses and eked out a 0.9% gain, the DJIA was 1.7 percent higher while the Nasdaq 100 fell 2.7% on concerns of a new tech bubble.
European stocks had a torrid quarter with the EuroStoxx 50 shedding 10.3 percent and the DAX down 9%. The Nikkei crashed 13.2% in the quarter as the Japanese economy showed little signs of recovery and indeed looks on the verge of a depression.
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