Metals Minute 172: Tectonic Shift into Gold
Gold and silver moved higher since last week, with gold up 2% to $1,917, and silver also up 2% to $23.95. Platinum and palladium both moved lower, with platinum down 3% to $1,075, and palladium down 3% to $1,780.
Since a year ago today, we have gold up 6%, silver up 2%, platinum leading the way up 9%, and palladium down 7%.
Gold is trading near an 8-month high as interest rates increases are expected to slow. Over 90% of analysts surveyed expect an interest rate increase of only 0.25% in February.
Analysts at Bank of America released a report this week outlining how they consider gold to be a mainstay asset for the next 3 years. Their outlook is bullish on gold prices from 2023 until at least 2026 (and possibly further).
Russia and Iran are exploring the use of a “Persian Trading Token” backed by gold as a means to sidestep the SWIFT trading system that uses dollars. This development is considered a “tectonic shift” that may lead other nations to develop similar trading networks in the future, which could be positive for gold and negative for the dollar. Russia and Iran conducted $4 billion in trade in 2022.