As Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve, took a less hawkish stance on January 19, precious metals fell initially—but only a little.
Gold prices dropped on Friday, January 21, 2017, as Donald Trump worked to calm the markets and reiterated his plans to boost the US economy.
Gold futures are now likely heading for a fourth weekly gain, as all eyes are set on Donald Trump’s inauguration.
It appears that it was Trump’s lack of clarity regarding his proposed expansion plan that caused the retreat in the dollar.
While Trump has continued to avoid giving specifics on his future economic policies, gold has begun to rise again. Gold hit a seven-week high on January 12.
Many market participants are expecting debt to rise substantially under President-elect Donald Trump, who’s determined to cut taxes and increase fiscal spending.
President-elect Donald Trump is known for his tough talk on trade policies. He’s mentioned that he’ll put trade agreements in place to improve terms for American workers.
Outflows from ETFs led to a ~28% fall in gold prices in 2013. Such a fall is the equivalent of selling 881 tons of gold.
India and China constitute ~50% of the global demand for physical gold. When gold prices are falling, physical gold-buying in these markets provides support.
The stock market has scaled great heights following Donald Trump’s presidential win. This activity, however, has also led to the question of whether the market is due for a correction.
The US dollar has remained strong since Donald Trump won the US presidential election, but in the second week of January 2017, the dollar weakened.
On December 14, 2016, the Federal Reserve finally raised interest rates by 25 basis points. More concerning is the Fed’s targeted total hike of 75 basis points in 2017.
2017 will be a crucial year for Europe as several countries go to the polls. The first of a series of elections will begin in the Netherlands in mid-March.
While President-elect Donald Trump’s win has led to pressures on gold prices, his inflationary policies could boost gold demand.
The US jobs report showed 156,000 job additions in December 2016. This number was below the consensus estimate of 175,000 job additions.
Gold traded at $1,202 per ounce on Monday, January 16, 2017. Gold futures for February expiration were almost 0.50% higher than the previous day’s close.
On Wednesday, the US dollar index, which tracks the dollar against a basket of six major world currencies, fell 0.4%.
The continued turmoil in the markets in 2016 was one of the major determinants of precious metal prices.
Gold’s closing price on Wednesday, January 11, hit its highest in the last seven months.
Price changes for precious metals have been dependent on economic data. Economic numbers on Friday, January 6, 2017, had an impact on precious metals.