Gold Rallies Amid Banking Stress and Yield Decline

Stephen Innes
Updated: Mar 23, 2023, 09:22 GMT+00:00

Gold prices surge amid banking stress and a record decline in US 2-year yields, as fear drives the market to seek safer investment options.

Gold Rallies Amid Banking Stress and Yield Decline

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Key Takeaways

  • Gold rallies by $150/toz recently
  • Largest US 2-year yield decline since 1987
  • The rapid decline signals risk of market exit
  • Rates volatility reaches 2008 crisis levels

Gold has rallied by over $150/toz over the past two weeks on the back of banking stress and lit up by US 2-year yields recording the largest decline since 1987, which triggered a significant risk appetite reversal.

After a lengthy inversion, a rapid decline in front-end yields, in this case of a magnitude 10 variety, is typically a get-of-dodge signal for risk markets.

Fed Shift Ignites Market Volatility

The speed at which markets repriced a Fed pivot from 100bp tightening to 50bp in rate cuts by year-end has been unprecedented, leading to a spike in rates volatility to levels last seen in the depth of the 2008 financial crisis.

During the sell-off, gold outperformed risk assets such as equities or credit, turning it into an effective hedge in the risk-off rotation.

Volatility Impacts Commodities and Gold Amid Fear

Cyclical commodities like oil and base metals fell sharply, mainly on a liquidity shock as opposed to any change in underlying micro fundamentals that have, if anything, strengthened due to the improving China backdrop. Hence, rate volatility is tremendously impacting oil market sentiment these days.

Financially, this VaR shock started in rates as SVB’s collapse forced a rethink on the path of the Fed Funds Rate and pretty much everything else. If your central bank call is wrong, you will most assuredly get everything else wrong.

But ultimately, Fear is the essential medium to short-term driver for gold.

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With more than 25 years of experience, Stephen Innes has  a deep-seated knowledge of G10 and Asian currency markets as well as precious metal and oil markets.

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