Gold Makes New Multi-Year Highs As Debate To Re-Open Heats Up

Gold's broken-out over the last week, silver's had some interesting volatility, platinum put in a massive 1-day move the the upside, and more...

The precious metals are on the move!

Some of the highlights include:

Gold reaching fresh multi-year highs.

Silver moving from the $14s just last week to battling $16 this week.

Platinum surging nearly $90 in one single day.

The question is, what’s going on that could be causing the metals to be making these moves?

While there are a number of technical and fundamental reasons for the metals to be moving like they are, I’d like to discuss three of them:

Uncertainty about Main Street

Increased monetary inflation and debt creation

Increased savings

When it comes to uncertainty about Main Street, this could be putting a bid in the precious metals as a hedge against this uncertainty. The uncertainty comes form the debates taking place across the nation about how to re-open the country.

On the most hopeful side of the debate, everybody will get back to work come May 1st, including those tens of millions of people who’ve lost their jobs over the last few weeks, and the real economy on Main Street will get a “V”-Shaped recovery.

On the most dreadful side of the debate we have, well, another year-and-a-half of lockdown, massive unemployment and basically economic collapse.

Surely, somewhere in the middle lies the solution, but it’s all up-in-the-air right now, and therein lies the uncertainty.

Further placing a bid under the precious metals could be the monetary inflation and debt creation undertaken by governments and central banks around the world.

Gold & silver, which are first and foremost money, are not debt-instruments, but real, hard savings. In other words, gold and silver coins cannot be simply printed or double clicked into existence as unbacked, debt-based fiat currency can, which happens to be all of the sovereign paper currencies at this particular point in history. All of this debt creation, or, quite frankly, assuming the debt will be inflated away, this direct, plain-old money printing is inflationary, and gold & silver are hedges against inflation as an infinite amount of fiat currency chases a finite amount of things, including gold & silver.

Finally, there can also be increased savings in the form of precious metals.

How so?

Well, the federal stimulus checks began hitting bank accounts this week by means of electronic funds transfers, and it’s safe to say that there could be some people who choose to save the money instead of spending it because they’re willing and able to do so, and it is also safe to say that some of those who choose to save their stimulus checks will choose to save the safe way, in the safety of the safe haven assets, gold & silver.

Please excuse the overuse of the word safe.

It can’t be stressed enough that gold & silver are safety in these challenging times.

Here’s something that’s quite challenging, pun intended, in and of itself:

In fact, if we’re talking about real, physical metal “in-hand”, it may be more than just challenging if not downright impossible for a person to buy over 111 ounces of silver for one single ounce of gold.

Silver has had some interesting volatility over the last week:

Silver’s paper futures market price was under $14 per ounce on April 6th, and price breached $16 per ounce yesterday.

After testing $1700 once, gold broke-out decisively through the level late last week:

Gold has since put in multi-year highs, put $1800 in its sights, and consolidated around $1750.

Palladium’s been more or less straddling its 50-day moving average:

That’s what palladium has done on a regular basis for years now, albeit with a ton of volatility this time around including an epic crash and a massive “V”-shaped recovery!

Platinum had an absolutely massive move which included punching through its 50-day moving average:

Yesterday’s move was about an $88 move from the low of the day to the high of the day, or nearly 12%!

It may not seem like it, but copper’s price is up over 15% from its spike low:

Is copper signaling the bottom is in for the commodities sector, or perhaps people are anticipating increased demand due to coming fiscal, public infrastructure projects in the United States and around the world?

If coming fiscal stimulus includes a major public works campaign aimed at rebuilding America’s infrastructure, it is pretty cheap right now to fire-up those diesel engines, relatively speaking:

Is crude oil double-bottoming in the short-term, has crude oil put-in a new lower-low on the way to fresh new lows, or is something else more fundamental going on, such as global storage filling up due to the drop in demand?

The Dow is banging around 23,000 and 24,000:

The Dow has been attempting to make a “V”-shaped recovery, but will it, and is it possible for the economy on Main Street to do the same?

The VIX is at a very interesting spot on the chart:

The question is, will the Fed take immediate action if the stock market begins dropping again, and, more importantly to stock market investors and traders, will the Fed be able to achieve the intended effect, such as the so-called “Fed put”?

Yield on the 10-Year Note is more or less in a sideways channel between 0.6% and 0.8%:

Is yield bottom-bouncing here, or does yield still have more room to move to the downside?

The US Dollar Index continues to have some major swings:

Barring central bank or government intervention into the currencies, it looks like amidst the volatility, 99 is trying to act as support.

Thanks for reading,

Paul Eberhart



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Paul Eberhart
Paul Eberhart
Senior Market Analyst and Columnist

Paul Eberhart has been actively trading and writing about precious metals for more than a decade. A U.S. Army Iraq War Combat Veteran, he holds an AS in Information Systems and Security from Western Technical College and a BA in Spanish from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill...