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Gold may come under selling pressure

Demand from retail investors could put a floor on the prices of gold, experts say

  • By Himendra Mohan Kumar, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:37 May 5, 2013
  • Gulf News

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  • Pile of gold coins and bars at a gold shop in Bur Dubai.

Abu Dhabi: Gold may come under fresh selling pressure in the week ahead on continued off-loading by Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and institutional investors, but, demand from retail investors could put a floor on the prices, experts say.

“The ETF outflows, which are reportedly large and significant so far this year, may not be all what they seem to be. There has been a major change in the pricing structure for gold holdings in unallocated accounts in Switzerland. It has been reported that some Swiss banks have made it more expensive for their customers to hold metal in unallocated accounts than in allocated accounts. The reason for that might be that the banks will have a much higher capital requirement for gold held in unallocated accounts, as they are an on-balance sheet item for the bank,” said Gerhard Schubert, Head of Commodities Wealth Management at Emirates NBD in his latest research note.

He said despite some conflicting data, the trend seems to be of a growing and stronger recovery in the US.

“This will not be positive for the outlook for gold, unless there are inflationary tendencies visible, and we might be years away from that scenario. The current price levels are comfortable, but it seems that our customers are looking to liquidate, at least some of their holdings,” he added.

On Friday, gold prices ended the week trading at $1,464.20 a troy ounce.

Pradeep Unni, Senior Relationship Manager at Dubai-based Richcomm Global Services DMCC said “gold imports by India, the world’s largest consumer, are poised to fall after the central bank restricted overseas purchases by banks to reduce domestic demand and curb a record current-account deficit.”

Banks will be allowed to import bullion on a consignment basis to meet only genuine needs of exporters of gold jewellery, the Reserve Bank of India said in its annual monetary statement.

Comments (3)

  1. Added 14:48 May 5, 2013

    13th May is Akshaya Trithiya and Gold demand from India will surge....

    Jeny Michaels, SHJ, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 11:22 May 5, 2013

    A parallel universe is when up is down and bad is good. When the stock market couldn't care less about the real economy as long as the Federal Reserve is willing to push a trillion dollars into the system. Bankers take a big part of that money and buy stocks with it – the stock market goes up and UP and UP. Why not buy stocks, they have nothing to risk, it’s not their money! When the banks buy stocks they only keep a portion of them and pledge the rest to the Fed for reserves. If gold reached new highs the public loses trust in fiat-paper money so the Central Banks cannot allow gold to rise. Last Tuesday the Chicago Purchasing Manager Index came in at 49 for the first time below the magic 50 number since the crash of 2008. With all of the other lousy economic data points last week the logical conclusion would be that the stock market would finally start a true correction - downwards. The reason that it wasn't down 400 points is the Federal Reserve was in session of a two-day meeting on monetary policy. Already before that, there had been rumours that with low inflation and the constantly bad economic news the Fed may decide to do even MORE stimulus. The bottom line is this is a skewed market. Earnings don't exist and no one cares. They're buying stocks. Stocks that they can make go higher. If there ever was a reason to buy gold and silver, the time is now. Use the stock market to make profits and take the profit to buy your gold and silver Support your gold souk merchants!.

    Louie Tedesco, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 11:15 May 5, 2013

    What does that means for layman, price will go up or down?

    ST, DXB, United Arab Emirates

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