At Saxo, we maintainour bullish outlook for gold and in our latest update we wrote about how the eventual recovery would need drivers to align, with the first trigger being peak hawkishness from the FOMC sending yields and the dollar lower. Being cautious we doubt that this is it, but there is clearly a growing belief the FOMC may pause soon to assess the economic impact of the current rate hike cycle which is currently pricing in a peak Fed funds rate just below 5% from the current 3.25%. In addition we maintain the view that long term inflation will end up somewhere in the 4 to 5% area, well above the current market expectations for a sub 3% rate. If proven correct, it would trigger a major adjustment in breakeven and inflation swap prices, developments that may support gold through lower real yields.
Speculators and investors, however, are likely to remain mostly side-lined until we get a clearer view on the thinking within the Federal Reserve, hence the importance of next week's FOMC meeting. According to the weekly Commitment of Traders reports, speculators in the futures market have been whipped around for the past few weeks, thereby reducing the willingness to aggressively enter the market until a clearer picture appears. The same goes for investors in bullion-backed ETFs who have been net sellers on an almost continued basis since June. Overall total holdings have slumped to 2968 tons to a 30-month low, down 11% from the April peak.