The price of gold recovered overnight losses after the release of US Federal Reserve meeting notes in London trade Thursday morning, rising back to $1375 as major stock markets also rose with commodities.
While the Fed’s taper talk has been tapered and then un-tapered, the market may now be tapering the Fed rather than vice versa. Let’s assess Act 2 of the taper talk and the implications for the markets, including the dollar and gold.
In the short to medium term, the U.S. dollar and currencies are heavily influenced by the actions of the Fed. As the Fed may be reading tealeaves as much as anyone else, we may be facing particularly high policy uncertainty that, in turn, reflects on elevated volatility in the bond and currency markets. The good news is that this may yield opportunities for the prudent investor.
The price of wholesale gold fell back to $1320 per ounce Wednesday lunchtime in London as new data showed the US economy expanding faster-than-expected. Second quarter GDP rose 1.7% in real terms from a year earlier, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said.
Wholesale gold rallied from a drop to $1310 per ounce Thursday lunchtime in London, gaining as world stock markets also cut earlier losses. Trading back above $1322 – a two-year low when hit by April’s gold crash – spot bullion also rallied 1.0% for Euro and Sterling investors.
Both silver and gold slipped in London on Friday morning, edging down to $1271 per ounce and $19.80 respectively. European equities pushed higher while the US Dollar rallied and major government bond prices rose.
The dollar price of gold dropped $20 per ounce lunchtime Friday in London, briefly dropping through $1220 per ounce after the release of June’s US non-farm payrolls data. Non-farm payrolls growth came in at 195,000 against consensus forecasts of 165,000.
Investors expect the Fed to begin reducing QE as early as this summer. However, whether or not the Fed follows through on “tapering” largely depends on whether the US economy can stand on its own two feet without support from the central bank? Our view is that it cannot and this article examines why that’s the case and why talk of “tapering” is just talk.
The world’s finances may be reaching critical stress-points, and as Bill Fleckenstein points out in this excellent article, the recent cracks that have started to appear in the Japanese and US bond markets could be as significant as the first payment defaults that occurred during the subprime mortgage meltdown.