- Demand for physical gold this month at “an historically high level” – HSBC
- Q3 U.S. Mint gold sales set to dwarf those of previous two quartersSupply of physical silver “continues to be tight” and premiums rising
- China and India demand remains very strong
- Seasonal Asian buyers to add to demand in coming weeks
- Dovish Fed bullish for gold
Demand for physical gold and silver in August and September has been exceptionally strong as investors seek a safe-haven from market turmoil, as the global economy slows down and as it becomes clear that the Federal Reserve and central banks generally are slowly losing credibility and ultra loose monetary policies are set to continue for the foreseeable future.
BULLION COIN & BAR PREMIUMS & AVAILABILITY – September 18, 2015
Note: Given continuing and deepening delays for certain popular bullion coins and bars and rising premiums we believe it is important to keep our clients and subscribers aware of the most up to date premiums and availability. The prices quoted are indicative and can change at any time. We continue to be one of the most competitive bullion dealers internationally. The premiums quoted are for smaller orders and there are volume discounts and lower premiums on larger orders.
HSBC described gold demand from the U.S. Mint as being at a “historically high level” which indeed it has been. The bank report that the Mint has sold 322,000 ounces of gold in the first half of this month.
Of this, only 91,000 ounces were made up of Gold Eagle coins – the most popular coin with retail investors – although some market participants believe that some of the stock may be being accumulated by large institutional investors.
And yet, demand for gold eagles is still very strong with demand in Q3 set to dwarf demand of the previous two quarters. With two weeks still to go, total Gold Eagle coin sales have been a staggering 352,500 ounces.
That compares with sales of 146,000 oz in Q1 and 127,000 oz in Q2. So far this year Gold Eagle sales are almost 20% higher than last years total sales of 524,500 oz.
Silver eagle supply continues to be very tight with long delays and a lack of clarity about when supply will be available again. Premiums on Eagles have surged and some are selling for as much as 40% or more than $6 per coin over spot. Dealers report “unprecedented” demand for large silver bars.
Gold rose nearly 1% or $11.60 to $1,131.30 while silver gained 1.4% or 20 cents to $15.11 an ounce on the COMEX just before the Federal Reserve interest rate announcement yesterday.
Gold in Singapore dipped lower but in European trade gold was moved higher again and is now above $1,140 per ounce. Silver bullion has ticked another 0.8% higher to $15.35 today. Platinum and palladium are slightly lower today.
Gold is headed for a 3 percent weekly gain and silver for a 5.5% weekly gain.
The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged yesterday due to increasing concerns about the global economy and financial market volatility. The sluggish U.S. economy may also have played a role in the decision but this was not signalled.
In what amounted to a somewhat embarrassing volte face, Yellen said developments in a tightly linked global economy had in effect forced the U.S. central bank’s hand. “The outlook abroad appears to have become less certain,” Yellen understatedly told a news conference as gold prices ticked higher.
Yellen was more dovish than expected which is bullish for gold and suggests that the long awaited for bottom for gold may have occurred in early August prior to recent market volatility.
The longer interest rates stay at these record low levels, the better for gold.
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FTSE falters after Fed but gold shines as dollar falls – The Guardian
Gold Gets Saved (This Time) by the Fed as Rate Rise Is Deferred – Bloomberg
Gold jumps to 2-week high as Fed holds U.S. rates steady – Reuters
Gold prices head higher after Fed stands pat on rates – MarketWatch
Gold price rallies after Fed holds rates steady – Mining.com
World May Soon Need “QE For The People” – The Telegraph
Corbyn’s QE for the people is exactly what the world may soon need – The Telegraph
This Is What Yellen Said About Negative Rates Coming To The US – Zero Hedge
FOMC Reaction: VIX Crushed As Bonds & Bullion Rip, USDollar & Stocks Slip – Zero Hedge
Britain’s economic Achilles heel – MoneyWeek
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