from Zero Hedge:
that someone does not believe the seasonally-adjusted numbers goalseeked by the BLS.
And while we reported last week that one way investors are rushing into the anti-QE safety of gold is by buying paper gold derivatves such as ETFs, which rose above 2,000 tons for the first time since 2013, many others have bypassed paper claims on gold such as GLD entirely, and are rushing into physical.
Case in point, Japanese savers who, fearing domestic confiscation, have been accumulating gold in Switzerland. It’s not just the Japanese: as Nick Laird shows, the past week saw the second largest ever increase in physical gold holdings, as the total published holdings of physical funds rose by 2.5 million ounces to 85.8 million, second only to the 4 million ounce increase in early 2009.
Finally, with even the sellside starting to turn, there may be more upside as the slow money starts to move in. In a whimsical note released on Friday, Bank of America’s metals team writes “Gold: always believe in your soul. Glad you are bound to return. You’re indestructible.”
Yes, we were surprised too, but it’s true.
Strange golden “poetry” aside, this is why BofA thinks gold is going to $1,500 and silver’s next stop is an “overshoot” to $30.
The world has been walking from crisis to crisis and we see risks that this may not change. The importance of that dynamic for the precious metals is mirrored by the high correlation between potential US GDP growth and gold quotations. Many of the underlying issues affecting the global economy are structural, with Brexit merely a symptom of the problems many countries are facing. To that point, we called a bottom in gold in February and Brexit reinforces our view. As such we are upgrading next year’s gold price forecast from $1,325/oz to $1,475/oz. We called a bottom in silver in April on supply and demand dynamics; an overshoot of prices to $30/oz is possible.
Gold heading for $1,500/oz
After a weak US labour market report earlier in June, the risk of Brexit added to the gold price rally ahead of the vote (Chart 11) and after. In our view, Brexit has affected gold through various transmission channels. On the fixed income side, US Treasuries and German bunds have benefited from a flight to quality; the current uncertainty also suggests that an accelerated rate hiking cycle is unlikely, so interest rates globally are set to remain low, which in turn reduces the opportunity costs of holding a non-yielding asset like gold. Given this dynamic, we believe gold prices could rise to $1,500/oz near-term.
The world will keep on walking from crisis to crisis
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