The New York gold price closed at $1,351.40 up $26.80 on Monday in New York. Then, the Ukraine story was seen in context and gold retreated from the Ukrainian premium to $1,337 ahead of the opening in London. The gold price was Fixed in London at $1,339.5 down $4.75. In the euro, it Fixed at €973.899 down €1.68, barely changed, as the dollar stood at $1.3754, slightly stronger. Ahead of the opening in New York gold stood at $1,337.00 and in the euro at €971.34.
–The silver price closed at $21.43 up 26 cents in New York, again on the Ukraine. Ahead of New York’s opening, it was trading higher at $21.20.
Gold will consolidate, today in New York.
Silver will consolidate, today in New York.
The Ukraine story was seen in context as unlikely to damage global markets, longer term, just those of Russia and its currency, the Ruble. As to a serious escalation of events in Europe, the hold Russian’s hold over European gas supplies is considerably more powerful than the threats of sanctions from Europe, so we don’t expect real action against Russia from either Europe or the U.S. Thus it will be gold neutral, once the dust settles.
But the fall in the Ruble again helped us to appreciate just how vulnerable paper currencies are. Would you accept Rubles in payment of an invoice? So what makes the ‘hard’ currencies completely reliable? This is a deeper question than it seems to be, on the surface. It is why central banks hold gold as an ‘important reserve asset’. As we said yesterday, "However, we feel that apart from a short-term influence on gold it [Ukraine] will not become nearly as great a factor as Asian demand for gold, in 2014. We mustn’t overestimate the influence of the Ukrainian on gold!" Even the Ruble is now recovering, telling us that market moves yesterday were likely traders and speculators taking a short-term chance on bigger moves and are now closing such positions.
There were no purchases of gold into the SPDR gold ETF [GLD] on Monday but a small purchase of gold of 0.33 of a tonne into the Gold Trust, which left their respective holdings at 803.704 tonnes and 164.57 tonnes. This also demonstrates that Ukraine has little impact on institutional investment thinking, inside the U.S.
The Chinese Yuan has stabilized at Y6.145: $1, today. We do not believe it will strengthen, more likely continue to weaken. We look to further weakening as a signal, ahead of more action by the Chinese government in line with its globalization objectives. We believe that such actions will be very gold positive. [Get the fuller, big picture from www.GoldForecaster.com and www.SilverForecaster.com to subscribe and
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The silver price was not inclined to too much exuberance over events in the Ukraine and Crimea and performed alongside gold in a slightly muted manner, yesterday.
Julian D.W. Phillips for the Gold & Silver Forecasters
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