Gold Climbs Again As Fed Turns On “Unlimited” Printing Press
Gold just had its single largest one-day gain going back to at least 1984, climbing $31.10 an ounce to close at $1582.30, all thanks to the Federal Reserve cranking up the printing press for the latest round of quantitative easing (QE).
Yesterday, the Fed announced that it would start buying mortgage-backed securities and Treasurys in an unlimited amount in an attempt to add liquidity to the financial markets.
What makes this round of QE unique is that the Fed hasn’t put a monetary limit on how much it is willing to spend to keep the markets afloat.
With an ‘unlimited’ amount of money being printed, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that investors have flocked to gold recently as a store of value during these turbulent times.
“The endless QE to trillions in global liquidity programs are all in gold’s favor among the general turmoil,” Peter Spina, president and chief executive officer at GoldSeek.com told MarketWatch. “Gold is returning back to its function as a global currency.”
Spina also said he wouldn’t be surprised to see gold climb to $1,700 an ounce by “Friday of this week or next,” and that prices could climb to $2,000/ounce and higher in the second quarter.
Yesterday Goldman Sachs said in a note that gold bullion is “probably at an inflection point and it is a time to buy” due to the concerns over the dollar being debased with all the money being printed.
“Accordingly, we are likely at an inﬂection point where ‘fear’-driven purchases will begin to dominate liquidity-driven selling pressure, as it did in November 2008” the note added.
An interesting twist to the increased demand for gold right now is the very real possibility of a shortage in the near future, which could absolutely cause prices to scream higher.
The coronavirus is taxing supply chains, and could make it very difficult to get new gold supply to the market.
Spina from GoldSeek.com added “So with a true gold rush underway, there is a perfect storm brewing for the gold and gold miners.”
Three of the largest gold refineries (Valcambi, Argor-Heraeus and PAMP) announced yesterday that they will be closing down their production facilities in Switzerland for at least a week as part of an effort to control the spread of the coronavirus.
The three produce nearly one-third of the annual global supply of gold.
GoldCore, a bullion provider based in Dublin, said Monday that it has “experienced record demand in recent days and the global supply of gold and silver bullion coins and gold bars has quickly evaporated.”
“Most of the largest gold refineries and mints in the world have closed their refining and minting operations for the next two weeks, and this suspension in production may become longer which …will badly impact supply,” GoldCore said.
Mark Mobius, a veteran investor told Bloomberg TV in an interview “(Gold’s) recent sell-off alongside risk assets such as stocks and oil was a sign of pure panic, with investors selling everything as the pandemic spread.”
“I think it’s a mistake,” he added. “People should have gold and this may be a good time to increase holdings in gold — in fact I’m thinking that myself.”