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Are Gold and Volatility Moving Together?
The rise in precious metals over the last few months has been due to insecurity among investors, given the political climate.
Don’t Panic when Financial News Headlines Jump Out at You
Don’t panic when financial news headlines jump out at you. If you’re ready to remain invested for the long term, you could see better returns in equities compared to other asset classes.
Why You Should Look Beyond Treasuries for Portfolio Ballast
Last year, the correlation between stocks and Treasuries increased. Adding Treasuries to an only-equity portfolio became less valuable.
Global Market Uncertainty, Resurrected
Risk aversion is on the rise again as investors begin to question President Trump’s trade policies and as we’ve begun to see changes in asset allocations.
How the Economic Sentiment Is Playing on Gold
During the past week, average hourly earnings, excluding the farming industry, were below analysts’ expectation of 0.10%.
Current High Volatility Regime Will Likely Persist
The high volatility regime will likely be the norm in the future. State Street observed that the US market has already clocked 42 highly volatile days in 2015.
Why Gold ETFs See Robust Net Inflows against Actively Managed Gold Funds
One of the dominant financial trends of the past decade has been a move by investors out of actively managed funds and into passively managed index funds or exchange traded funds (ETFs).
Will the Presidential Election Shrink Financial Institutions?
The 2016 US presidential election is scheduled for November 8, 2016. This election will mark the 58th quadrennial US presidential election.
What events can change the FOMC’s policy stance in 2015?
For now, policymakers are of the opinion that the low crude oil prices will trouble inflation only in 2015 and not beyond that.
Which Countries Are Optimistic about Cryptocurrencies?
The overall volatility of the market determined by the CBOE Volatility Index (or VIX) could have some implications on cryptocurrencies.
How to Trade a Broken (looking) Market (Hint: Carefully)
It’s easy to be early after a correction I always get pretty excited during a stock market correction, assuming I have positioned correctly with cash on hand. This market showed so many signs of toppiness, extreme optimism, and high valuations that hopefully many investors at least were selling the highly valued names they owned. My […]
Can Trade and Tariff Policies Brighten the Outlook for Gold?
In March this year, President Trump announced a 25% tariff on imported steel and a 10% tariff on imported aluminum.
How Market Volatility Moved Gold on June 25
Precious metals saw downward price movement on June 25. Gold fell ~0.26% and was trading at $1,266.00 per ounce on the day.
How Market Unrest Is Affecting Gold
If we look at the historical performance of precious metals compared to markets, we see that gold has been closely tracking market volatility.
Will Gold Keep Reacting to US-China Trade War Jitters?
The rise in gold on Wednesday was most likely due to the ongoing unrest in markets due to concerns about the US-China trade war.
What the Rise in the CBOE Volatility Index Has to Do with Gold
Another crucial element that could have a strong influence on gold and other precious metal prices is the overall volatility of the markets.
What Drove Gold and Silver Upward?
The two most critical precious metals, gold and silver, rose on March 23, rising 1.4% and 1% in spot markets.
How Trade War Fears Could Move Precious Metals
All four precious metals saw a down day on Monday, March 5. Gold, silver, platinum, and palladium were down 0.23%, 0.33%, 0.31%, and 0.81%, respectively.
How Is the Volatility Index Impacting Gold?
Another critical factor that has been affecting the price movement of precious metals is overall market volatility.
How Precious Metals Are Moving versus Market Indicators
Precious metals’ reaction was also due to economic numbers indicating the health of the US economy in general.
How Volatility Is Affecting Gold
Though the returns on gold haven’t been exceptional over the past year, they have been stable.
Is There a Specific Reason for the Sudden Market Meltdown?
According to the closing prices on February 8, 2018, US indexes have gone through a correction. The markets closed at the highest level on January 26.
Why Volatility Index Traded Higher despite Stocks Rising
The global markets trended higher in the week ended January 26, 2018, despite confusing messages from global leaders at Davos and the central banks of Europe and Japan.
Could the US Government Shutdown Impact Market Volatility?
During the week ended January 19, 2018, global markets trended higher despite the possibility of a US government shutdown. The potential shutdown pushed volatility up.
Could the Threat of a US Government Shutdown Spike Volatility?
The Dow Jones Industrial Average appreciated ~1.6% for the week ended January 12, 2018, while the S&P 500 (SPY) returned ~1.3%. The tech-heavy NASDAQ (QQQ) posted a weekly gain of ~1.4%.
Why Volatility Fell 16% in Week 1 of 2018
Every segment of the global financial markets began 2018 on a positive note. The global equity rally extended in the first week of the year.
Will South Korea’s Attitude toward Cryptocurrencies Spread?
Bitcoin has steadily fallen in price since the holidays began, but it looks stationary from yesterday. Bitcoin prices have been almost flat over the past 24 hours.
Why Volatility Is a Big Worry for Markets
Since last year’s presidential election, the US stock markets (IVV) (VTI) have seen volatility fall to almost a 50-year low.
An Update on the Precious Metals as November Comes to an End
The US stock markets were closed on Thursday, November 23, 2017, for Thanksgiving, and the next day (Black Friday) was quite slow for precious metals. Gold played in a narrow range that day.
Analyzing Gold’s Market Performance
Besides the impact of interest rates, there are also other global indicators that could play on precious metals—the most important being the US dollar.
Gauging Global Risk against Gold
All four precious metals rose on Monday, October 30, as multiple speculations in the market gripped investors’ attention.
Are Global Fears Controlling Precious Metals?
Ongoing worries in North Korea and political chaos in Washington have been crucial in boosting the prices of precious metals.
How Global Indicators Are Affecting Precious Metals
Gold reached its two-week high price of $1,294.5 an ounce on Tuesday, October 10, and ended the day at $1292.1 per ounce.
Are North Korea Tensions Continuing to Affect Precious Metals?
All the four precious metals saw an up day on Monday, October 9, 2017.
Could North Korea Be Affecting Precious Metal Prices?
North Korean tensions Like the US dollar, global tensions can be responsible for precious metal price fluctuations. North Korea has interpreted US president Donald Trump’s comments as a declaration of war, stating that Pyongyang has the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down US bombers outside of its airspace. The ongoing unrest in the Korean peninsula has led to a global […]
How North Korea Has Affected the Precious Metal Market
Precious metals have been buoyed by tension in North Korea. If North Korea does another missile test, it could prompt investors to move to haven assets such as gold, silver, Treasuries, and major currencies.
More Temporary Relief from North Korea Tensions?
This week volatility (VXX) has continued to stick to its trend of sudden spikes and then dropping immediately.
Why the US Debt Ceiling Fight Has Been Postponed
The key reason for the debt ceiling deal was to approve aid to Hurricane Harvey victims. A US government shutdown could have adversely impacted relief operations.
Could the Federal Reserve Surprise the Markets in September?
The US Federal Open Market Committee (or FOMC) is scheduled to meet on September 19 and 20 to discuss the current economic climate in the US and to decide whether any monetary policy adjustments are necessary.
How Gold Is Coping amid Market Turmoil
Precious metals have maintained upward movement over the past month as geopolitical tensions hover.
Will the ECB Surprise Markets with a Tapering Announcement?
The governing council of the European Central Bank (or ECB) is scheduled to meet on September 7 in Frankfurt, Germany. The meeting will be followed by a press conference.
Why September Could Be Volatile for Financial Markets
August was a volatile month, filled with economic, political, and geopolitical uncertainty. September could turn out to be another nail-biter for the financial markets.
How Strongly Can North Korea Move the Precious Metals Market?
Gold futures for September expiration have risen ~3.9% over the past one-month period. Silver, platinum, and palladium have followed the same track as gold.
What Stocks Should Be on Your Radar amid Geopolitical Tensions
Renewed tensions arising out of North Korea’s missile launch on Tuesday had a major impact on volatility. Asian markets have declined more than 1% as risk aversion dominated markets.
Will the Fed Repeat Its Taper Tantrum Mistakes?
In this cycle of expansion after the great recession, the Fed has started the process of monetary tightening.
Washington or Wyoming: What Will Drive Markets This Week?
The last two weeks have been eventful for financial markets (SPY).
Do Financial Markets Have Another Tense Week Ahead?
Equity markets in the US and across the globe reported heavy losses as risk aversion set in.
Which Stocks Will Benefit the Most from US-Korea Tensions?
Some companies benefit in times of uncertainty, and some sectors provide cover for investors.
How Unrest in Korea Affected Gold
Gold prices were around their highest level in nearly seven weeks on Monday, July 31.
How Gold Is Reacting to Market Unrest
Gold saw its second straight day of increases on Thursday, July 27, as it hit its six-week high level of $1,266.2 an ounce to close at $1,261.5 per ounce.
How Market Volatility Could Steer Gold
Gold is a famous hedge against inflation. A reduction in volatility could mean a downward swing for gold.
Why the VIX Index Surged 50% in a Single Day
In this series, we’ll analyze how different asset classes in the financial markets have reacted to the sector rotation in the equity markets and the hawkish tone of central bankers.
How the UK Elections Played on Precious Metals
Gold fell again on Friday, June 9, 2017, for the third consecutive day. It touched a low of $1,264.80 per ounce and then settled at $1,269.50.
What Global Factors Drive Precious Metals
UK election Last week, safe-haven bids were spurred and precious metal prices surged. The attack in London the weekend prior and the UK elections affected precious metals. Hedge funds and money managers had poured money into gold for two straight weeks, boosting it to its highest level in nearly a month. As of June 8, gold and […]
What Effect Has Trump Had on Gold?
The market has been gripped by fears surrounding the implementation of promises that President Donald Trump made during his election campaign.
Political Uncertainties Dominated Markets Last Week
US markets had the worst trading session so far this year on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
How Silver Has Reacted to Market Volatility
Market volatility World market volatility is one of the most significant contributors to the variations seen in precious metals, including silver. Silver is also sometimes closely associated with equity markets, as it used as an industrial metal. Although the volatility index was stagnant early this year, it moved upward after the failure of President Trump’s healthcare […]
How VIX and Gold Could Walk Hand-in-Hand
On a 30-day trailing basis, gold, silver, platinum, and palladium have risen 6.8%, 1.7%, 3.3%, and 5.5%, respectively.
Is Surging Volatility Giving Gold a Backbone?
As the markets experienced unrest on Tuesday, April 11, gold touched its five-month high of $1,275.10 per ounce.
How Volatility Affects Silver
Precious metals are known to perform better in a volatile atmosphere.
Which Direction Could Gold Take with Duality in the Markets?
A reduction in volatility could mean a downward swing for gold, and an increase in inflation could mean more demand for gold.
Could Trump’s Plans Boost Inflation, Hurt Precious Metals?
Market uncertainty is the primary reason for optimism in gold. However, Trump’s plans to increase expenditures could provide a boost to inflation.
Big Investors also Fear a Gold Slump
During December’s end 2016 and January 2017, Stanley Druckenmiller once again became keen on gold, maybe due to the rising unrest following the election of President Donald Trump.
Rate Hike and Appreciated Dollar May not help Gold
Higher Rates Not Always Negative for Gold A Fed rate hike in December appears almost fully priced in already. The common argument is that higher rates are negative for gold given that it is a non-yielding asset. Yet, following the first rate hike of the current tightening cycle in December 2015, gold has advanced more […]
India and Asia’s Festive Season Could Help Gold Prices in October
Gold has fallen below $1,300 per ounce and broken below the longer-term trend line that had been established this year.
Federal Spending and Interest Rates: Analyzing the Connection
What about the impact on interest rates? Here again, there is no consistent relationship between spending and interest rates.
Why Rate Hikes Don’t Imply the End of Long-Term Performance
Rate hike has historically been a temporary headwind for stocks; it has rarely been a harbinger of a bear market.
Why Minimum Volatility Funds Have Outperformed
Minimum volatility funds have outperformed broader markets in the long term. By limiting the downside during the troughs of a volatile market, the minimum volatility index is better able to capitalize on rebounds.
What a Dovish Fed Means for Stocks
In its recent meeting, a dovish Fed pointed out that the “uncertainties abroad” made it risky to raise the policy rate and announced its decision to leave the federal funds rate unchanged at 0%–0.25%.
From Calm to Panic: Fears of a Recession Loom
Russ Koesterich explains why fears of an imminent US recession may be overblown.