Gold is trading at USD 1,591.10, EUR 1,224.20, GBP
1,026.30, CHF 1,501.40, JPY 123,940 and AUD 1,602.0 per ounce.
Gold’s London AM fix this morning was 1,590.00,
GBP 1,026.535 and EUR 1,223.64 per ounce.
Yesterday's AM fix was USD 1,635.00, GBP 1,055.32 and
EUR 1,255.18 per ounce.
Gold in USD – 1 Yr
(150, 200, 250 DMA)
Gold has risen nearly 1% in most currencies today after
a dropping 3.5% in US dollar terms yesterday. The sell off yesterday has been
attributed to more speculative players and funds selling off holdings before
year end and going to cash due to alarming funding and liquidity pressures
and increasingly elevated counter party risk.
The MF Global and re-hypothecation scandal and concerns
regarding a bout of vicious deleveraging likely exacerbated the sell offs in
gold and silver.
Gold in GBP – 1 Year (Daily)
Traders, hedge funds, proprietary desks of banks and
more speculative players many of whom are driven by technicals
and momentum, rather than fundamentals, have been selling gold and going to
cash due to the real risk of a monetary and systemic crisis.
Fears grew about the worsening euro zone debt crisis
grew after Italian bond yields hit a new high which led to selling of
commodities, equities and gold.
European banks facing both liquidity and solvency
issues may have again actively dumped gold into the market in a desperate
attempt to get dollars.
The Financial Times reports that bankers said
“that hedge funds and other investors had unleashed a wave of selling
as they aimed to preserve profits – or minimise
losses – ahead of the end of the year.”
Technical selling was exacerbated by significant stop
loss orders being triggered at key technical levels such as the 150 and
200-day moving average.
Gold’s fundamentals have not changed however the technicals are very poor. Gold looks oversold but could
become more so in short term due to momentum. In order for gold traders to
regain some confidence the 200-day moving average at $1,620/oz will have to be recaptured.
While gold has fallen below the 200-day moving average
in dollar term, it remains above the 200-dma in euros and pounds which
suggests that gold’s bull market in fiat currencies remains intact.
Indeed, gold in euros remains above the 150-day moving average.
One London trader told Reuters that the sell off
“relates to MF Global and the utter mess they have legally been able to
create and the implications of re-hypothecation as a result this has
seriously dented the 'paper' gold market so physical price is going up,
futures going down. This is somewhat confirmed by the collapse in the EFP
(Exchange for Physical) this week."
However, as of yet, there has not been any increase in
premiums in the physical small coin and bar or London Good Delivery Bar
While tech driven speculators and liquidity desperate
banks have been selling, demand for bullion from retail investors in Europe
remains very high. Demand is lackluster but still continues at lower levels
in Asia where gold bar premiums remained steady - in Singapore at $1/oz and between $0.50 - $1.50/oz
in Hong Kong.
Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest
gold-backed exchange-traded fund, were unchanged at 1,294.79 tonnes showing that passive buyers and diversifiers have
not sold in panic.
Gold in Euros – 1 Year (Daily)
Gold’s sharp fall is a further sign of the
systemic fragility in the global financial system. It is very reminiscent of
the period of gold weakness that was seen in the aftermath of the Lehman
Brothers financial crisis.
Gold fell sharply in the aftermath and bottomed in
January. There was much media coverage of non gold
experts saying that the gold ‘bubble’ had burst and that this
proved that gold was not a safe haven.
However, gold fell less than most equity indices and
then recovered quicker than equities. Gold ended higher in both 2008 and
again in 2009 despite short term sell offs and periods of correction and
consolidation. This has been the case since 1999.
Academic research shows that gold is a hedging
instrument and a safe haven. However, it can be correlated with risk assets
in the short term but its hedging and safe haven qualities are seen in the
medium and long term.
The appalling scandal that is MF Global may be leading
to customers withdrawing funds and assets from brokers and indeed some
brokers themselves are liquidating positions en masse due to distrust of the
This has the potential to create a bout of deleveraging
internationally which could be catastrophic. Much of the shadow banking
system, worth about $10 trillion, is dependent on the liquidity that is
created by hypothecation – this is particularly the case in the UK.
The scandal will result in those invested in the many
forms of ‘paper gold’ to reassess their investments and see an
increasing shift towards allocated accounts and taking delivery of bullion.
This has the potential to propel the very small physical bullion market to
much higher levels however in the short term it could result in further price
Cross Currency Table
Reuters reports that the ancient Mayans attached
special significance to 2012 - possibly the end of time. That has spawned a
rush of apocalyptic literature for the holiday season. But you don't
have to believe the world is about to end to realise
that next year contains perhaps the widest range of political risks to the
global economy in recent history.
2012 is likely to be even more volatile and turbulent
than 2011 and those who remain diversified or become diversified and own
physical gold will again be protected financially.
UBS Forecasts Average Gold Price of $2,050 an Ounce in 2012
Gold will average $2,050 an ounce in 2012 and $1,578 an
ounce this year, UBS AG said. This compares to earlier estimates of $2,075 an
ounce for 2012 and $1,615 an ounce for 2011, it said in a report dated
The bank expects platinum to average $1,675 an ounce in
2012 and $1,729 an ounce in 2011, analysts including Julien
Garran wrote in the report. This compares to previous targets of $1,665 an
ounce for 2012 and $1,725 an ounce this year, they said. Copper is a
better buy than nickel, and the top picks for next year are gold, thermal
coal, copper and iron ore while the least favored commodities are aluminum
and nickel, according to the report.
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