Coronavirus Fears Are the Catalyst for Gold’s Surge


from Birch Gold Group:

This week, Your News to Know rounds up the latest top stories involving gold and the overall economy. Stories include: How the coronavirus could be the catalyst to push gold over $2,000, gold’s perfect storm is here, and how concerned should investors be about the dizzying repo market?

Citi: Gold is heading to $2,000 an ounce over the next 12 to 24 months

As Apple announced last week that it would miss its quarterly forecast largely due to coronavirus-related complications in China, fears that the outbreak would take a toll on the global economy became palpable. Investors wasted little time rushing towards safety, pushing gold above its seven-year high of $1,600. Since then, the metal has kept on climbing, having most recently hit nearly $1,690 on Monday.

According to Citi’s analysts led by Aakash Doshi, this kind of outperformance is merely the beginning of a bull run for the ages. The team recently published their short- and long-term forecasts, revealing that the metal has enough momentum to breach $1,700 over the next six to 12 months.

However, their expectations for gold over the 12-24 month periods are even more bullish, as the team expects gold to pass its all-time high and climb to $2,000 during that time. Doshi and his team see many more drivers powering gold than just a coronavirus-related economic slowdown. As Doshi pointed out, investors were already concerned about the state of the U.S. economy and the contracting global growth throughout 2019.

These worries are bound to become more prominent as supply chains begin to feel the toll of the outbreak. Besides the coming U.S. election, Doshi’s team sees several other strong drivers that are sure to keep pushing gold up, including a new global norm of negative-yielding rates, the likelihood of additional rate cuts by the Fed and the worsening of the U.S.-China trade war as the coronavirus begins gripping the Asian nation’s economy.

The much-awaited perfect storm in the gold market appears to have arrived

Talks of a so-called perfect storm in the gold market have been going on for some time, as numerous red flags regarding the domestic and global economy were largely ignored due to the longest-running bull market in stocks’ history and the Fed’s hawkish stance. With the latest developments that have swung gold strongly above the $1,600 level, Kitco’s David Erfle thinks that the much-awaited perfect storm is right around the corner.

As Erfle points out, gold has been on an uptrend ever since its bottom in August 2018, when the metal hit a low of $1,167. And although gold has risen slowly but steadily since then, Erfle expects the upcoming price gains to be anything but slow, forecasting that the metal will reach $1,800 in the next few months. The primary reason for this will be a shift in sentiment where gold demand is not only powered by fear, but also a desire for returns as investment options grow scarcer and the gold market continues to soar.

The aforementioned red flags were recently acknowledged by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which said in a note that the global economy faces many risks, ranging from the coronavirus to a possible spike in U.S.-China trade tensions. China’s central bank joined the club of rate cutters as it sliced both its one-year and five-year prime loan rates as a cautionary measure in response to the coronavirus halting the nation’s tourism and impeding local businesses.

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