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STA Weekly Report – Is It Too Late for Gold?

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Is It Too Late for Gold?
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The gold rally seems to be the recent mania in financial news. Whether people own gold as a safe-haven for assets, to hedge risk, or simply euphoria. Some investors who were left behind may ask “is it too late for gold?

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Without a firm answer, we review the drivers of the price of gold. Ultimately, it is the momentum of these drivers that determines the future direction of precious metals.

  • Real interest rate. Gold has an inverse relationship with the real interest rate, which is the opportunity cost of owning gold vs US Treasury. The Fed’s “whatever it takes” approach depressed real yield sharply in 2020, which is closely followed by the gold price. Can the real yield go even lower? It will be determined by the path of economic recovery and the Fed’s accommodative monetary policy. But at negative 1%, the room of even lower real yield seems to be limited.
  • Inflation expectations. The price of gold tends to have a positive correlation with future inflation expectations. Demand destruction during the COVID crisis has pushed market inflation expectation into a multi-year low at the onset of lockdown. Since March, the inflation expectation has been steadily recovering, which help support a higher gold price. Given extra monetary policy, disruption of global supply, and trade tension, we will not be surprised by higher inflation reading in the following months.
  • US Dollar. Because commodities are denominated in US dollars. The 10% decline of U.S. Dollar from its March peak has fueled the gold rally. The continuous weakness of the US dollar would require more dovish Fed or slower-than-expected recovery of the U.S. economy, relative to the rest of the world.  
  • Market volatility. Although March Madness is behind us, a great number of uncertainties related to the virus, the fiscal policy, the US election, and US-China tension will keep market volatility elevated above its historical norm, which supports the current valuation of gold. However, we do expect volatility to continue trending lower as uncertainties unfold themselves over time. 

Given gold price is determined by multiple factors, thus it is difficult to predict the exact price movement. However, we do know, as a commodity, gold is highly volatile. A significant price correction can happen in a short period of time. For investors who view gold as safe-haven assets and plan to take unreasonably large exposure, this may well be a reason to take a pause.


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