The sharply higher dollar against both the Indian Rupee and Chinese Renminbi, the world's biggest buyers of physical gold may trigger a challenging period for gold, until buyers adapt to higher levels, something that is likely to trigger some pent-up demand, especially in India.
Another worry is Russia and its central bank which holds a major percentage of its reserves in gold. As the unjustified and ill-conceived idea to wage war against a sovereign nation eats into its reserves, the market worry Russia would have to start sell some of their gold. Not least considering it can no longer access the euros and dollars held at private institutions and central banks in the U.S. and Europe.
At the March G7 meeting in Brussels, the group said it would continue to work jointly to blunt Russia’s ability to deploy its international reserves to prop up Russia’s economy and fund Putin’s war. They also specifically said that any transaction involving Central bank held gold would be covered by existing sanctions. That would leave India and China as the two major venues for any undercover sales of gold, a risk we see as being limited, at least at this stage.
From a technical perspective gold needs a break above $1920 in order to force buying from recent short sellers while key support below $1850 on the Comex Gold future is in a band towards $1830. Only a break below that level would begin challenging our bullish view on gold as highlighted in our quarterly outlook.
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