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Gold emerges as top investment choice amid inflation concerns


11 July 2024  

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Gold is highly esteemed as a rare and valuable metal. According to the US Geological Survey, global gold reserves are estimated to be approximately 50,000 metric tonnes, with around 19,000 metric tonnes having been mined up until 2020. This statistic implies that roughly 20% of the total mineable gold reserves remain untapped.

Gold prices are influenced by a complex interplay of inherent characteristics and global economic factors.

Primarily, gold serves as a safe haven asset, attracting investors during times of economic uncertainty, geopolitical instability, or market downturns.

This heightened demand naturally drives up prices. Moreover, gold acts as an effective hedge against inflation, maintaining its value when fiat currencies face depreciation, making it an appealing choice for investors seeking wealth preservation amidst rising consumer prices.

Its inclusion in diversified investment portfolios further enhances its attractiveness by reducing overall risk exposure.

Historically, during periods of economic uncertainty, recessions, or high inflation, gold has demonstrated its ability to surge to unprecedented values, exemplified by the significant price increases during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During economic downturns like recessions, the appeal of gold as a secure asset intensifies.

When returns on traditional investments such as bonds, stocks, and real estate decline, the attractiveness of gold typically increases, thereby boosting its market value.

Gold also functions as a buffer against economic events such as currency devaluation and inflation, providing stability even amidst political unrest.

Recent geopolitical tensions have significantly influenced gold prices. The outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine conflict in early 2022, for instance, saw gold prices soaring to record highs.

Russia’s increased gold purchases during this period, aimed at hedging against escalating economic uncertainties, played a pivotal role in driving prices upwards. Concurrently, efforts by the US and its allies to restrict international gold trading with Russia, a major producer, further impacted market dynamics.

More recently, global economic instability has propelled gold prices to new peaks, surging to over $2,400 per ounce by mid-May 2024 from $1,928 per ounce in September 2023 and $1800 in 2022.

Despite some retracement from this peak, the persistent economic uncertainties continue to influence market trends.

China has emerged as a key player in the recent surge of gold prices. Two significant developments have contributed to this trend: firstly, the People’s Bank of China has been steadily accumulating gold reserves since early 2024, part of a strategy to diversify reserve assets and reduce reliance on the US dollar.

Secondly, amidst lackluster performances in real estate and stock markets, Chinese investors are increasingly turning to gold as a safe investment, reflecting dwindling confidence in traditional sectors.

Another major driver of the price spike is persistent high inflation. Conflicts like the Ukraine war and the Israel-Hamas conflict have escalated oil prices, triggering inflationary pressures across commodities worldwide.

In times of currency depreciation, gold’s role as a stable store of value becomes particularly pronounced, further solidifying its position as an effective hedge against inflation.

In conclusion, gold is recognized as a legitimate investment opportunity with the potential for substantial returns, attracting investors who view it as a crucial component of a diversified investment strategy.

Its inverse correlation with stock markets and currencies underscores its role as a dependable hedge against market downturns and currency volatility.

Ongoing inflationary pressures and concerns about potential recessions have supported this upward trend in prices through the fourth quarter and into 2024.

Historically, during periods of economic uncertainty, recessions, or high inflation, gold has demonstrated its ability to surge to unprecedented values, exemplified by the significant price increases during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This global trend has had profound impacts on regional markets, such as Nepal, where gold prices reached record highs, driven in part by currency depreciation against the US dollar.

Recently, there has been a noticeable decline in trust in the US dollar, with international transactions increasingly conducted in currencies such as the Indian Rupee.

This shift has gradually weakened the strength of the US dollar, leading to higher prices for gold.

The influence of inflation and the strength of the dollar have been evident in recent movements in gold prices.

Despite inflation peaking in 2022, gold prices experienced a decline for much of the year, largely due to the dollar’s robust performance against other global currencies.

However, beginning in September and October 2022, gold prices started to rebound.

Ongoing inflationary pressures and concerns about potential recessions have supported this upward trend in prices through the fourth quarter and into 2024.

Publish Date : 11 July 2024 09:44 AM

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