Comm: Precious

(New York)

Despite big gains in the stock market, gold has also done very well this year. Geopolitical issues and worries over market valuations seem to have given a lift to the metal. However, despite the ongoing trouble in North Korea, more volatile markets recently, and weakening inflation, gold may not be a great bet. One of the big reasons why is the Dollar. Part of gold’s strength this year has been the Dollar’s weakening. However, that trend may come to an end soon, as the Dollar may be set to reverse. Gold is priced in Dollars, so when the latter is weak, it tends to strengthen and vice versa.


FINSUM: So the one big thing on gold’s side right now appears to be the belligerence of North Korea and the tensions it is causing for financial markets. Also, given the Fed’s dovishness, it is hard to see a big Dollar rally starting.

(New York)

2017 has been a very odd year in markets in at least one respect—at the same time as risk assets have rallied strongly, so too have gold and other haven assets. BlackRock is arguing that at least for gold, that pattern is set to continue. There are two reasons why. Firstly, gold’s performance is highly linked to real interest rates, which are likely to remain low and are in fact falling right now. Secondly, in the long-term gold’s movements have been more tied to political uncertainty than financial market volatility, a point which really resonates in today’s era of doubt over not only domestic US politics, but also geopolitical tensions.


FINSUM: We like gold’s chances right now. Markets are on edge, the political situation is not improving, and rates looked pinned. All favorable for the yellow metal.

(Houston)

Houston is currently reeling from unprecedented flooding being delivered by the remnants on Hurricane Harvey. The city may receive up to 50 inches of rain, and though totals are currently around 30 inches, it is already flooded to a catastrophic level. Beyond the threat to life and home, the flooding is also having a major effect on the oil industry. Gasoline prices surged because of the flooding as Houston is home to major US oil infrastructure. Gasoline futures jumped almost 7% yesterday because of the damage.


FINSUM: It is unclear exactly how bad this will be for the oil industry in Houston, but things there are currently very bleak, with dramatic flooding and thousands having to be rescued.

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