Gold and silver prices have fallen by more than 2% due to high volatility
The precious metal market has been hammered by a perfect storm of market volatility, rising bond rates, and a strong US currency, sending gold and silver prices substantially lower.
Gold’s reluctance to break over $1,920 an ounce has been highlighted by certain analysts. At the start of the trading week, Friday drastically moved sentiment to the gloomy side. Silver, on the other hand, is leading the road lower after breaking support at $23 an ounce overnight, according to analysts. Silver futures for July were last trading at $22.57.0 per ounce, down about 2.21 percent on the day. Silver had fallen by about 4% earlier in the session.
Gold was last seen at $1,863.10 per ounce, down 2.5 percent on the day. “Everything is just happening at the same time,” said Phillip Streible, chief market strategist at Blue Line Futures. Copper was the first domino to fall in the commodity market, according to Streible, after China’s poor manufacturing report. Copper’s weakness impacted silver’s industrial component, which subsequently pressured gold down.
At the same time, the dollar continues to strengthen against gold and silver, with 10-year bond yields returning near 3% in anticipation of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy announcement on Wednesday.
The US dollar index is still trading at its highest level in over two decades. Bond yields in the United States have reached their highest level since 2018, as markets expect the Federal Reserve to quickly hike interest rates. A 50-basis-point shift is very certainly on the cards for Wednesday. The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States will also begin to shrink its balance sheet by $95 every month.
“The Fed has put itself into a position by being so far behind the curve, and they are hurrying to raise interest rates,” said Colin Cieszynski, chief market analyst at SIA Wealth Management. “This is removing a lot of longs from the market. This is something we’ve seen before each significant rate rise.”
Despite the fact that gold is suffering at the start of the week, experts remain optimistic. Cieszynski pointed out that there is still a lot of ambiguity about the Fed’s plans to hike interest rates quickly. He highlighted that if the Fed tightens too soon, it risks pushing the US economy into a recession. Cieszynski stated that, while gold has room to fall because it is not technically oversold, there is some tenacity in the market.”The US dollar is close to a 20-year high, where was the price of gold 20 years ago?” he remarked. “Considering all of the headwinds it confronts, gold’s ability to hold at present levels is amazing.”
Streible went on to say that he sees the current selloff as a surrender move ahead of the Fed’s monetary policy meeting on Wednesday. Investors considering altering their portfolios in the present climate may consider lightening up on volatile commodities such as copper and silver while maintaining their position in gold, according to Streible. “There is still a lot of uncertainty in the market, and gold continues to look excellent as a low volatility asset,” he added. “I don’t think the Fed can go more hawkish, which might be positive for gold.”