Gold Outlook for August
Gold enters August on an optimistic note with the rhetoric surrounding the Federal Reserve’s latest interest rate decision pointing toward a less aggressive rate hike trajectory in the following months by the US central bank.
The Race to Curb Inflation
Markets are now entering a tipping point where the actions of central banks across the world to tame inflation, namely increasing interest rates, are showing tentative signs of cooling down the pace of consumer price increases yet this is now needing to be balanced against the looming threat of recession, with both the US and the UK potentially already in that negative situation.
Will Gold Continue its Recovery?
Although the hike was in line with market expectations, the move still represents one of the largest in US history and higher interest rates are a clear negative for gold due to its lack of yield making other, interest-paying asset classes, such as bonds, more attractive.
The fact gold has been able to stage such a recovery at the tail end of July is entirely due to revised market expectations on how great future Fed interest rate hikes will be and for how long the US central bank will maintain its current hawkish stance.
Eyes on the Upcoming FOMC Minutes
How much leeway the Fed has in its upcoming rate decisions will largely be determined by the health of the US economy. The release of the latest US job opening data on Tuesday will therefore be keenly anticipated while investors and central bankers alike will be hoping that the US inflation figures due out on August 10th show that inflation has peaked.
While solid data is a key factor in determining price moves, words and rhetoric have often proven as significant a catalyst. As such, the release of the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee on August 17th will be pored over by analysts and traders, desperate to gain an insight into how high and for how long the Fed intends to raise rates for.
Gold Caught in a Balancing Act
Gold finds itself hostage to the Fed actions with the two main drivers for the precious metal’s underperformance in July, an aggressive Fed and a strong dollar, set to remain the key determinants of gold’s price action in August.
The recent rally underlines the strength of the underlying support that remains among gold investors and should provide a strong floor on its price but how much more ground gold can claw back on the upside will be capped by what August’s interest rate decision has in store and the consensus in the market leading up to it.
Silver Outlook for August
Silver investors finally have some good news to cheer with the price climbing back above $20 an ounce to recover back to the level it was at the end of June. The key question: is this the start of a silver surge?
A Positive Outlook Ahead?
Certainly, the fundamental outlook remains very supportive for silver with the metal a key component in the energy transition, used both in photovoltaics for solar energy and in batteries for electric vehicles such as Tesla and BYD. Indeed, silver is set for a record year of demand, according to the Silver Institute.
However, both those statements have been true throughout the year and this didn’t stop silver’s price plunging from above $26 an ounce to below $19 an ounce in a matter of weeks.
So why would things be any different now?
Has Silver Reached a Potential Bottom?
The big change, and the cause of silver’s price plunge from April onwards, has been the implementation of a series of interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve allied to the knock-on impact that has had in sending the dollar, which silver is priced in, to record levels.
With the Fed still in the middle of its hike cycle, with another increase expected in August, silver’s potential path upward has plenty of obstacles in front of it. Yet with silver having shown where the potential bottom in its price is, now could be a timely opportunity for the brave investor to buy into silver’s recovery story.
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