Gold surged over 1% on Tuesday to fetch more than $1,600 an ounce as Apple Inc’s surprise warning about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak fueled concerns about global economic weakness, driving investors to lower-risk assets.
Palladium notched an all-time high, driven by short supplies of the auto-catalyst metal.
“The equity markets are under pressure and gold is still being viewed as a quintessential safe-haven asset as we do get some negative news in this case in regards to coronavirus and its effects on the global economy,” said David Meger, director of metals trading at High Ridge Futures.
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Gold climbed to a three-month high to clinch its best annual performance since 2010, as a weaker dollar helped cap a year marked by global economic jitters and trade frictions.
Bullion gained 19% this year as central banks globally embraced looser monetary policy to boost growth. Brexit, unrest in regions from Chile to Hong Kong and buying sprees from key central banks and exchange-traded funds have also helped support prices.
Spot gold climbed as much as 0.7% to $1,525.38 an ounce on Tuesday, the highest since Sept. 25. It traded at $1,520.13 at 1:40 p.m. in New York. Gold futures for February delivery rose 0.3% to settle at $1,523.10 on the Comex.
The metal managed to hold on to gains even after President Trump said he will sign the first phase of a trade deal with China on Jan. 15, easing uncertainty that has fueled haven demand for bullion.
“It is not really a surprise” especially after headlines yesterday that China’s Vice-Premier Liu He is coming to Washington to sign the so-called phase-one trade deal, said Tai Wong, the head of metals derivatives trading at BMO Capital Markets.
Some analysts doubt that gold’s strength will stick next year. JPMorgan Asset Management cautioned that bullion may not offer sound portfolio protection.
“There are very few certain environments in which gold does well, and it’s not necessarily the case that 2020 won’t be any of those,” Hannah Anderson, a global market strategist at JPMorgan, said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. “In the next downturn, I do believe that bonds still could be defensive assets.”
Like eager prospectors in a B western, many investors believe there’s gold in them hills — and that’s where they’re heading.
has often been a haven for investors, and there are plenty of reasons
to seek safety now. They include the trade war with China, weakness in
Europe, central bankers looking at subzero interest rates, turmoil in
the Middle East, the looming Brexit and uncertainty heading into the
2020 United States elections, and fears of a possible recession.
By mid-September, investors had poured nearly $8 billion this year into exchange-traded funds that hold gold.
This growing gold rush has pushed the price of the precious metal up nearly 27 percent since October 2017, to more than $1,500 an ounce. The last time gold was as expensive was April 2013, after it had declined from its August 2011 recession high of $1,917.90. Last month, analysts at Citigroup predicted that gold could hit $2,000 an ounce.
US gold futures dipped 0.3 per cent to $1,502.9 per ounce.
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prices were little changed on Thursday, following a jump of more than 1
per cent in the previous session, as investors awaited more data with
which to gauge US economic health and that could influence further US
Federal Reserve action on interest rates.
Spot gold was steady at $1,498.89 per ounce, as of 0758 GMT, while US gold futures dipped 0.3 per cent to $1,502.9 per ounce.
“After the sharp gains we are seeing some minor pullbacks on profit-booking, while sentiment in t ..
This article is part of the Journal’s quarterly markets review, “Investing in a Low-Yield World.”
stocks and bonds, precious metals don’t give investors any income
simply for holding them. So why were they among the market’s best
performers in the third quarter?
The reason: In a world of falling—or outright negative—yields,
nervous investors seeking havens are less likely to miss out on returns
from bonds if they put money into gold or silver.
That eliminates the major trade-off that typically confronts those interested in owning gold: It offers no yield at all.
declining opportunity cost is why trillions of dollars of
negative-yielding debt around the world and sharp declines in Treasury
yields in the U.S. have sparked a rally in precious metals. The price of
silver rose 11% in the third quarter, while platinum rallied about 6%.
Gold advanced 4% in the quarter and is now up 15% for the year, headed
toward its biggest annual gain since 2010.
The sudden allure of precious metals highlights the turbulence of this year’s third quarter, in which stocks, bonds and other assets swung wildly as investors weighed the latest developments in the U.S.-China trade war. Stocks recovered from a turbulent August to creep back toward records in September, while bond yields, which move inversely to prices, stabilized after approaching record lows earlier in the month.
Buying physical gold or silver
as an investment is not always as straightforward as it sounds. Novice
investors often get lost in a variety of options: “Should I buy minted bars or sovereign coins?” “Maybe that limited edition coin would be a good investment?”
Sensible investors evaluate bullion options by the price and premium on the gold spot price. But the premium is only one part of the equation. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll get that premium back upon the sale.
Worse, there are unscrupulous dealers out there. They will try to
trick you into buying numismatics and other collectibles that have a
huge premium and won’t retain their value over time.
As a result, it’s essential to get an understanding of precious metals before dipping your toes into this market.
In this article, I’ll answer some of the most important questions you should ask yourself before buying precious metals.
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After three-straight weeks of gains, cracks are starting to appear in
gold’s bullish veneer, particularly among Wall Street analysts,
according to the latest results of the Kitco News Weekly Gold Survey.
It has been a volatile week for the precious metal as unprecedented
recession fears and new lows in bond yields drove investors from equity
markets and into alternative safe-haven assets. However, the gold
market is preparing to end Friday well off its six-year high, hit
earlier in the week.
Although sentiment, especially among Wall Street analysts, remains clearly bullish, caution continues to creep into the marketplace.
Gold was little changed on Wednesday in the wake of minutes from the
latest U.S. Federal Reserve meeting, but the precious metal was trading
above the two-week low hit in the last session as stock markets slid on
fresh trade tensions.
Spot gold was steady at $1,273.68 per ounce, having fallen to its lowest level since May 3 on Tuesday at $1,268.97.
U.S. gold futures settled 0.1% higher at $1,274.20.
minutes from U.S. Fed’s last meeting showed policymakers agreed that
their current patient approach to setting monetary policy could remain
in place “for some time.”
“Not many surprises here and not many
were expected. I would note though that this Fed meeting happened before
China backtracked on the trade talks. At the next meeting, almost
certainly there will be more caution,” said Tai Wong, head of base and
precious metals derivatives trading at BMO.
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Red wine has previously been linked to a range of supposed health
benefits, from helping the heart to lowering the risk of diabetes. Now a
new study suggests it contains chemicals that can help in the fight
against tooth decay and gum disease.
Researchers from Spain have found compounds in red wine, known as polyphenols, help fend off harmful bacteria in the mouth.
But experts warn that the findings do not offer a ‘green light’ to drink more red wine.
Previous studies have suggested that the health benefits of
polyphenols are linked to the fact they’re antioxidants that protect the
body from harmful free radicals.
However, recent studies have indicated that polyphenols might also boost health by working with ‘good bacteria’ in our gut.
They compared the effects of two polyphenols from red wine against
grape seed and red wine extract supplements on bacteria that stick to
teeth and gums and cause dental plaque, cavities and gum disease.
They found the wine polyphenols and extracts all reduced the
bacteria’s ability to stick to the cells, but the polyphenols—caffeic
and p-coumaric acids—were more effective.
When combined with the Streptococcus dentisani—believed to be an oral
probiotic, which stimulates the growth of good bacteria—the polyphenols
were even better at inhibiting the pathogenic bacteria.
The findings, they said, could ultimately lead to new dental treatments.
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