Gold May Test The $2500 Level In May

Vladimir Zernov
Updated: May 17, 2024, 18:10 GMT+00:00

Key Points:

  • China is actively selling U.S. Treasuries due to rising tensions with the U.S.
  • Apparently, China is using the proceeds to boost its economy and buy gold for reserves.
  • Fed is expected to start cutting rates in September, which is bullish for gold and other precious metals.

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Following a brief pullback, gold gained upside momentum and moved towards the $2400 level. What’s next?

China Sells Treasuries To Buy Gold

According to the data from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, China sold $53.3 billion of Treasuries and agency bonds in the first quarter.

Bloomberg noted that Belgium sold $22 billion of Treasuries in the same quarter, which may represent China-linked sales.

Meanwhile, China is actively buying gold for its reserves. For China, gold is the only market that has sufficient liquidity to absorb the huge sums of money it holds as reserves. In addition, gold cannot be blocked by sanctions, which is important at the time when U.S. – China relations get worse day by day.

U.S. has recently hiked tariffs on various Chinese imports, including EV batteries and computer chips. At the beginning of May, U.S. imposed sanctions on multiple Chinese companies for their support of Russian military complex and threatened to cut some Chinese banks off from the dollar-based financial system.

The trend is clear, so China has no other option than to sell Treasuries and buy gold. This process will continue, boosting demand for gold in 2024 and beyond.

Fed Will Likely Start Cutting Rates In September

FedWatch Tool indicates that there is a 49.8% probability that Fed will start cutting rates in September. Markets expect that federal funds rate would drop to 475 – 500 bps by the end of the year.

Gold and other precious metals pay no interest, so falling interest rates are bullish for them.

As usual, the market prepares for the beginning of the rate cut cycle in advance, so investment demand for gold will likely increase in the upcoming months.

A combination of strong demand from central banks and rising demand from investors may soon push gold towards the psychologically important $2500 level.

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About the Author

Vladimir is an independent trader and analyst with over 10 years of experience in the financial markets. He is a specialist in stocks, futures, Forex, indices, and commodities areas using long-term positional trading and swing trading.

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