Have you noticed? Gold prices are getting close to hitting a milestone: US$1,800 an ounce.
At time of writing, gold is trading at US$1,793. The last time gold was this high was back 2011.
The excitement for higher gold prices is already reflecting on gold miners’ shares.
At time of writing, Gold Road Res Ltd [ASX:GOR] is up by 4.13%, Northern Star Resources Ltd [ASX:NST] is up by 6.10%, Saracen Minerals Holdings Ltd [ASX:SAR] is up by 2.67% and Silver Lake Resources Ltd [ASX:SLR] is up by 3.17%
What’s going on with gold?
Well, the idea of a V-shaped or quick recovery is fading…fast. Cases are spiking in places like the US and India and some places are going back into lockdown.
One of the factors that drives gold prices up is fear. All this uncertainty and the realisation that we’re not going back to normal anytime soon is pushing people to reduce risk and into cash and gold.
There is also the fact that governments are flooding the system with money and increasing debt to fight the coming recession. The worry here is that all of this will create inflation.
While many are dismissing these concerns, in 2008 these same measures created asset inflation.
Now, these unprecedented and unconventional measures are happening at a much bigger scale…and we have no idea what the economic consequences will be.
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So far though, one of the outcomes of these unconventional policies has been low interest rates…which is good for gold. You see, one of the criticisms gold always gets is that it has no yield. Yet with interest rates at close to zero or negative, gold becomes more appealing.
What’s next for the gold price?
There’s been a lot of excitement about gold this year from investors and gold explorers as prices keep climbing.
So far, gold has already delivered an 18.29% return this year in US dollars.
But gold is also moving higher in Australian dollars. At time of writing, gold is trading at AU$2,583.56 an ounce and has returned 19.49% year-to-date in Australian dollar terms.
With so much uncertainty around, we are likely to see gold prices climbing higher in the future.
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