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Are gold prices good for 2018? Experts weigh in

With a recent survey predicting a rise, gold prices are back on track.



Nonprofit group Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) conducted an informal survey with 25 respondents between January 16 to 24, 2018, which revealed that gold is projected to hit $1,460 per ounce by the end of the year.

PNG president Barry Stuppler said that most of the respondents who are in the front line of buying and selling physical precious metals like coins and ingots slightly revised their estimates upward. He added that while prices change during the year, the average estimates for gold is at $1,461.33 per ounce at the end of 2018. In 2017, gold ended at $1,306.30 but was predicted to close at $1,461.33, indicating a $155.03 increase or 11.8 percent.

In the past few weeks, gold has experienced a rally, driven by a weaker U.S. dollar. On January 25, gold reached  $1,365.40 per ounce, its highest price for 1.5 years, but prices fell after U.S. President Donald Trump expressed his support for a strong dollar. Moreover, the survey revealed that two out of the 25 votes see gold to arrive below $1,400 per ounce by the end of the year, while three said gold will go beyond the $1,500 mark.

Experts weigh in on gold prices for 2018

Price Futures Group senior analyst Phil Flynn believes 2018 will be a good year for gold. Meanwhile, TD Securities head of commodity strategy Bart Melek said that gold stands to benefit from a Federal Reserve “that will take a very gentle approach to tightening monetary policy.” He said that lower U.S. rates can help gold and vice versa by means of diminishing the “opportunity cost” or the lost income from holding the non-yielding asset and undercutting the U.S. dollar.

Melek said that they do not believe rates will skyrocket and looks to Jerome Powell, President Donald Trump’s candidate to succeed Janet Yellen as Fed leader, to execute a monetary policy that will be similar to Yellen. Macquarie indicated in a report that while the Fed will have to raise rates, “growth remains higher than trend.”

Gold bars

There are three reasons why 2018 seems to be a good year for gold: Rising government bond yields, bullish Euro currency and bullish gold charts. (Source)

3 reasons for gold’s uptick in 2018

There are several elements as to why gold is headed to a positive year ahead. According to a report, these factors include:

Increase in government bond yields

Recently, Bloomberg published an article that indicated the Chinese government could be making some re-assessments and decreases in its U.S. Treasury security purchases, but China debunked that story afterward. While China is one of the largest holders of U.S. Treasuries, seasoned financial market analysts believe that the long-term bull market runs in the U.S. Treasuries are over because of rising interest rates and inflation. Problematic inflation sees investors choosing to invest in hard assets such as precious metals over paper assets.

A Bullish Euro currency

In the past few weeks, the Euro produced a bullish upside “breakout” from a trading range, which suggested that it will get another head start at prices in the weeks to come or for a longer period of time.

Bullish gold charts

Gold prices are in an uptrend that can go on for a while as prices have recently improved, and as a result, the bulls received further technical momentum. However, prices will have to surpass the 2017 high.

Anthony Donaghue writes about science and technology. Keeping abreast of the latest tech developments in various sectors, he has a keen interest on startups, especially inside and outside of Silicon Valley. From time to time, he also covers agritech and biotech, as well as consumer electronics, IT, AI, and fintech, among others. He has also written about IPOs, cannabis, and investing.