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Gold Up 1.8%, Silver Up 2.6% After Dovish Fed Signals Slow Rate Rises


 -- Published: Thursday, 16 March 2017 | Print  | Disqus 

By: Mark O'Byrne

– Gold up 1.8%, silver up 2.6% – Fed signals slow rate rises
– Dollar sells off as Fed raises 0.25% to target range of 0.75 percent to 1 percent on inflation outlook and “ebullient” stocks
– Gold’s biggest 1 day percentage gain since September 2016
– Fed raises rates for only the third time since crisis
– Fade out Fed “jibber jabber” and focus on still ultra low rates (see chart)

– Rising rates bullish for gold as seen in 1970s and 2003 to 2007 (see table)
– Silver rose 26% in 2003, 14% in 2004, 29% in 2005 and 46.6% in 2006
– Raise is too little, too late … Dovish Fed creating asset bubbles

– Dutch pro EU government have marginal win and p
opulist Wilders does not see gains expected
– Pro-EU Dijsselbloem PvdA party likely biggest losers – risking his position as head of  Eurogroup of Euro zone’s finance ministers
– Europeans will continue to reject increasingly undemocratic federal EU super state and risk of contagion remains high

– Geopolitical risk in form of Brexit talks and French elections seeing safe haven demand in UK, France and other EU countries

Gold rallied 1.8 percent yesterday as the U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates by an expected 25 basis points for the second time in three months.

Spot gold maintained those gains and moved as high as $1,228/oz overnight in Asia and gold has consolidated on those gains in European trading.

Gold had its biggest one-day jump since September. The Fed said in its policy statement that further hikes would only be “gradual,” with officials sticking to their outlook for two more rate hikes this year and three more in 2018.

Fed raises rates for the third time since crisis
Source: Newsreportonline.com

Silver rose 2.6 percent to $17.31 an ounce and traded another 1% in trading this morning to $17.50 an ounce. Platinum was up 2.8 percent at $965 per ounce while palladium was up 2.5 percent at $771 an ounce.

The Fed remains ‘dovish’ and signaled just three more rate hikes in 2017 as expected. They attempted to appear hawkish and suggested they would increase interest rates three times in 2017.

It is worth remembering that they promised three rate hikes for 2016 and yet only one rate hike materialised. We expect given the fragile nature of the so called economic recovery that this will be the case again.

It is prudent to focus on what the Fed does rather than what it says.

The Fed has been promising higher interest rates most years since 2008 and yet there have only been three interest rate rises since 2008. Yesterday’s rate rise was only the third rate rise since the 2008 financial crisis.

 

Source: New York Federal Reserve for Fed Funds Rate, LBMA.org.uk for Gold (PM fix)

Rising interest rates are likely to be bullish for gold as was the case in the 1970s and again in the 2003 to 2007 period (see table above and research note 5 Key Charts Show Rising Interest Rates Good For Gold here.

Silver saw similar gains – rising 26% in 2003, 14% in 2004, 29% in 2005 and 46.6% in 2006.

It is also worth noting that gold has risen from below $1,100 per ounce since the Fed first increased interest rates after the crisis at the end of 2015.

We believe the Federal Reserve is still well “behind the curve” and this latest small interest rate rise is too little, too late. The Dovish Fed is creating asset bubbles with U.S. stocks looking very overvalued indeed.

Many share this view including former senior Fed officials. U.S. interest rates should be on course to more normal levels of around 3% by now given that the Federal Reserve has achieved all of its targets, former Fed governor Heller said yesterday.

Investors were also focusing on Wednesday’s elections in the
Netherlands and concerns about contagion in the EU, which is also aiding gold’s safe-haven appeal.

The centre right, pro EU government in Holland had a marginal win and populist Wilders did not see the gains that were expected. However it was not all rosy for the EU and Dijsselbloem’s PvdA party appeared to be the biggest losers in the election. This means that his position as head of Eurogroup of Euro zone’s finance ministers is at risk.

Anti EC and EU super state sentiment remains high and senior EU and EC bureaucrats remain very unpopular. Another example of this is with EU President Donald Tusk who faces a criminal probe in Poland and even his own country will not back him for a second term as EU Council president.

Most European citizens are pro-EU and pro-Europe but are concerned about the increasingly undemocratic, corporate and militaristic Federal super state that certain EU elites are attempting to foist on the citizens of Europe. This important nuance is frequently missed in the simplistic and binary, pro EU, anti EU, “you are either with us or against us” narrative.

Despite the Dutch election, geopolitical risk globally remains high, especially in the EU. This will be seen in the coming ‘Hard Brexit’ negotiations and the French elections (April 23 and May 7) which will support gold and see continuing safe haven demand for gold in the UK, France and other EU countries.

Mark O'Byrne
Executive Director

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