15 September 2016
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Gold's tepid third quarter

Gold market to get some direction on the back of monetary policy decisions

By Edward Bell

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As we come into the end of the third quarter and gold markets digest the impact of one of the key binary risks this year—Brexit—we are a little surprised at how dull gold markets have performed. Historic volatility is sharply down on its pre- and post-Brexit levels and far off levels it hit earlier this year when it looked like the wheels were coming off global equity markets. Gold prices have averaged a little under USD 1,340/troy oz in Q3, converging nicely on our target of USD 1,320/troy oz. Gold's languid summer has also turned off investor interest somewhat as inflows into gold ETFs have barely moved in Q3.

What would shake gold out of its torpor? There should be no surprises we're waiting to see some central bank action, particularly the Fed to provide a new direction for gold prices. We are still anticipating one rate hike by the end of the year, hence our view for gold to soften by the end of 2016 and into next year. Provided the US economy carries on its path of steady economic improvement and the Fed maintains a course of normalizing policy, we see US rates sapping strength from gold in 2017. Conditions also remain supportive for equity markets and we expect this trend to hold going into 2017, providing an alternative destination for investors.

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Edward Bell Head of Market Economics


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