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Gold Builds Support at $2,000; What's Next?

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Gold Builds Support at $2,000;
What's Next?
Gold appears to have built solid support above $2,000 an ounce, but momentum to move higher in the short term has eased with uncertainty about the timing of Federal Reserve rate hikes.

But short-term sentiment aside, there are plenty of reasons to remain bullish on the yellow metal.

The Fed appeared to surrender to inflation at its December meeting. While the central bank held rates steady, it signaled three rate cuts for 2024 with another four cuts in 2025. That would lower rates to between 2 and 2.5 percent.

Gold Price Chart Reveals Steady Uptrend
2000 1800 1600 Jan'23 Apr'23 Jul'23 Oct 23 Jan'24
The markets began anticipating this pivot late last fall, sparking a big rally in the price of gold.

But the December CPI report reveals a dirty little secret. The Fed clearly hasn't won the inflation fight. Both headline and core CPI remain far above the Federal Reserve’s mythical 2 percent target.

Fed officials have even tried to walk back expectations of rate cuts.

Gold surged to a record high of around $2,135 in early December as rate cut mania took hold. But the yellow metal quickly sold off from that record level, tumbling well below $2,000 an ounce in the following week before rallying and consolidating above $2,000 after the Fed meeting.

WHERE IS GOLD GOING FROM HERE IN THE SHORT TERM?
It appears gold is currently undergoing a period of consolidation between $2,000 and $2,050 per ounce. This could set the stage for another big rally if the Fed goes forward with the anticipated rate cuts in the spring.

Currently, market sentiment seems to be mixed when it comes to the Fed.

The December CPI report dampened rate cut enthusiasm, but optimism continues to bubble under the surface. Traders are still pricing in an 81 percent chance that the Fed will start cutting rates in March, according to CME's Fed watch tool.

Exinity Group chief market analyst Han Tan told Reuters, "Gold's window for posting fresh record highs should remain open as long as the Fed can move in line with market expectations."

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Meanwhile, safe-haven buying due to the ongoing conflict in the Middle East and robust central bank gold buying has supported the price of gold despite increasing big fund managers moderating their bullish stance.

“A tossup” might be the best word to describe market sentiment when it comes to gold right now.

A TD Securities commodity analyst told Kitco News that emerging doubts about the early timing for rate cuts drove the move out of long positions.
Strong labor markets are associated with continued inflation pressures. And with core CPI much above the two percent target, the market concluded that a very early Fed easing is not in the cards.
But bullish sentiments die hard. The producer price index for December showed easing prices and that may reinvigorate the bulls, according to the TD analyst.
But with the most recent production prices coming in at below expectations, the market is once again going long, as it anticipates an early end to restrictive policy. There will likely be data-driven volatility as gold trends to our $2,200/oz Q2 target.
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LOOKING AT THE BIGGER PICTURE FOR GOLD
The markets are fixated on what Powell and other Fed officials say. The real question is what will they do?

It’s important to understand the broader trajectory of the economy as we consider where gold might go in the longer term.

The reality is this economy is dependent on easy money. This is why the markets are desperate for rate cuts. Even if they won't say it out loud, everybody knows an economy loaded up with debt can’t keep plugging along in a high interest rate environment.

We’re already seeing the negative impact of higher rates with corporate bankruptcies at higher levels than during the pandemic. Meanwhile, consumers and the federal government are levered to the hilt.

Ultimately, the markets are probably right about rate cuts. It seems certain that the Fed will cut interest rates in the near future whether the inflation genie is back in the bottle or not. (And it’s not.)

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But the markets are right for the wrong reason.

The mainstream narrative is that the Fed has essentially won the inflation fight without wrecking the economy. The central bank can now give back the easy money the economy depends on, guiding us to a "soft landing."

The more likely scenario is the Fed will be forced to cut interest rates more deeply and quickly than expected due to some type of crisis in the economy precipitated by higher rates.

If (when) the economy does crash and there is some kind of financial crisis, the Fed will cut rates back to zero and it will relaunch quantitative easing.

In other words, it will go right back to creating inflation. That's the fork the Fed knows. History tells us it won’t hold the line against inflation during an economic crisis.

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Mike Maharrey is a journalist and market analyst for MoneyMetals.com with over a decade of experience in precious metals. He holds a BS in accounting from the University of Kentucky and a BA in journalism from the University of South Florida.
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Breaking News from America's #1 Precious Metals Dealer | Report Spam | Money Metals Exchange (3)MONEY METALS Gold Silver IRAs Monthly News Storage Loans Gold Builds Support at $2,000; What's Next? Gold appears to have built solid support above $2,000 an ounce, but momentum to move higher in the short term has eased with uncertainty about the timing of Federal Reserve rate hikes. But short-term sentiment aside, there are plenty of reasons to remain bullish on the yellow metal. The Fed appeared to surrender to inflation at its December meeting. While the central bank held rates steady, it signaled three rate cuts for 2024 with another four cuts in 2025. That would lower rates to between 2 and 2.5 percent. Gold Price Chart Reveals Steady Uptrend 2000 1800 1600 Jan'23 Apr'23 Jul'23 Oct 23 Jan'24 The markets began anticipating this pivot late last fall, sparking a big rally in the price of gold. But the December CPI report reveals a dirty little secret. The Fed clearly hasn't won the inflation fight. Both headline and core CPI remain far above the Federal Reserve’s mythical 2 percent target. Fed officials have even tried to walk back expectations of rate cuts. Gold surged to a record high of around $2,135 in early December as rate cut mania took hold. But the yellow metal quickly sold off from that record level, tumbling well below $2,000 an ounce in the following week before rallying and consolidating above $2,000 after the Fed meeting. WHERE IS GOLD GOING FROM HERE IN THE SHORT TERM? It appears gold is currently undergoing a period of consolidation between $2,000 and $2,050 per ounce. This could set the stage for another big rally if the Fed goes forward with the anticipated rate cuts in the spring. Currently, market sentiment seems to be mixed when it comes to the Fed. The December CPI report dampened rate cut enthusiasm, but optimism continues to bubble under the surface. Traders are still pricing in an 81 percent chance that the Fed will start cutting rates in March, according to CME's Fed watch tool. Exinity Group chief market analyst Han Tan told Reuters, "Gold's window for posting fresh record highs should remain open as long as the Fed can move in line with market expectations." 1 Oz Silver Buffalo Rounds 1 Oz Silver Buffalo Rounds | Shop Now > Shop Now >> Meanwhile, safe-haven buying due to the ongoing conflict in the Middle East and robust central bank gold buying has supported the price of gold despite increasing big fund managers moderating their bullish stance. “A tossup” might be the best word to describe market sentiment when it comes to gold right now. A TD Securities commodity analyst told Kitco News that emerging doubts about the early timing for rate cuts drove the move out of long positions. Strong labor markets are associated with continued inflation pressures. And with core CPI much above the two percent target, the market concluded that a very early Fed easing is not in the cards. But bullish sentiments die hard. The producer price index for December showed easing prices and that may reinvigorate the bulls, according to the TD analyst. But with the most recent production prices coming in at below expectations, the market is once again going long, as it anticipates an early end to restrictive policy. There will likely be data-driven volatility as gold trends to our $2,200/oz Q2 target. 1 Oz Gold Bars (Designs Our Choice) 1 Oz Gold Bars (Designs Our Choice) | Shop Now > Shop Now >> LOOKING AT THE BIGGER PICTURE FOR GOLD The markets are fixated on what Powell and other Fed officials say. The real question is what will they do? It’s important to understand the broader trajectory of the economy as we consider where gold might go in the longer term. The reality is this economy is dependent on easy money. This is why the markets are desperate for rate cuts. Even if they won't say it out loud, everybody knows an economy loaded up with debt can’t keep plugging along in a high interest rate environment. We’re already seeing the negative impact of higher rates with corporate bankruptcies at higher levels than during the pandemic. Meanwhile, consumers and the federal government are levered to the hilt. Ultimately, the markets are probably right about rate cuts. It seems certain that the Fed will cut interest rates in the near future whether the inflation genie is back in the bottle or not. (And it’s not.) 10x1Gram Argor-Heraeus Goldseed Bars 10x1Gram Argor-Heraeus Goldseed Bars | Shop Now > Shop Now >> But the markets are right for the wrong reason. The mainstream narrative is that the Fed has essentially won the inflation fight without wrecking the economy. The central bank can now give back the easy money the economy depends on, guiding us to a "soft landing." The more likely scenario is the Fed will be forced to cut interest rates more deeply and quickly than expected due to some type of crisis in the economy precipitated by higher rates. If (when) the economy does crash and there is some kind of financial crisis, the Fed will cut rates back to zero and it will relaunch quantitative easing. In other words, it will go right back to creating inflation. That's the fork the Fed knows. History tells us it won’t hold the line against inflation during an economic crisis. Click Here to Comment on this Article Click Here to Share this Article Mike Maharrey is a journalist and market analyst for MoneyMetals.com with over a decade of experience in precious metals. He holds a BS in accounting from the University of Kentucky and a BA in journalism from the University of South Florida. Your Privacy Contact Us Follow Us This copyrighted material may not be republished without express permission. Offer only available through email promotion. Offer does not apply to previous orders and may not be combined with any other offer or program. Special shipping rates or other restrictions may apply to international orders. The information presented here is for general educational purposes only. Money Metals Exchange and its staff do not act as personal investment advisors. Nor do we advocate the purchase or sale of any regulated security listed on any exchange for any specific individual. While our track record is excellent, investment markets have inherent risks and there can be no assurance of future profits. You are responsible for your investment decisions, and they should be made in consultation with your own advisors. By purchasing from Money Metals, you understand our company is not responsible for any losses caused by your investment decisions, nor do we have any claim to any market gains you may enjoy. Money Metals Exchange is not a regulated trading “exchange” as defined by the CFTC and the SEC. 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