Here’s a bold call.
After the post-Brexit, face-ripping comeback in gold prices, Christopher Wood at CLSA believes that the precious metal is set up to more than triple in price.
Since the start of 2016 gold bullion has gained 24.6%, said Wood who has been high on gold for some time now, and the risks to the global economy will make the the safe haven nature of the commodity will make it the go-to investment.
“A long-term bullish view is maintained on gold bullion, with the ultimate price target now set at US$4,200 an ounce,” wrote Wood in a note to clients on Tuesday.
What could possible make gold go from roughly $1,350 an ounce now to a historically high price? According to Wood, central banks. Here’s his breakdown (emphasis added):
“This is because the view here remains that central banks, including most importantly the Federal Reserve, will not be able to exit from unconventional monetary policy in a benign manner and will remain committed to ongoing balance-sheet expansion in one form or another. Such policies will ultimately discredit central banks pursuing unconventional monetary policy, threatening the stability and indeed integrity of the current fiat-paper-money system.”
Essentially, the inability of central banks to wind down their balance sheets and the continued effort to stimulate the economy by, admittedly, unconventional means will end our current currency system. Once this happens, we will return to some sort of gold or physical standard, thus making gold an incredibly valuable asset and sending it soaring.
Secondary to this, gold miners will be a beneficiary according to Wood. In the short-term, this group is trading at around the same level (as measured by the Arca Gold BUGS ETF) as they were in 2002, when gold was only $310 an ounce. In the long-term, these stocks “remain the geared way of betting on such a view,” said Wood.
This may take some time, however, so investors should be patient with the trade.
“It should also again be emphasised that the investment in gold is viewed as insurance, not as a short-term trade,” wrote Wood.
While not as bullish on gold, HSBC’s James Steel also said that the metal will most likely make some gains as worries continue to roil the global economy.
Steel, the chief precious metal strategist at HSBC, said the combination of the safe-haven desire of investors after the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, the Fed’s dovish stance, and negative interest rates leaving investors looking for any attractive asset should support gold prices.
“In November, we highlighted three reasons to be bullish on gold: expectations of a stronger EUR-USD, the Fed outlook, and a likely increase in demand, especially from emerging market buyers of jewellery and investment demand from ETFs,” said Steel.
“We continue to expect some of these factors, notably continued accommodative Fed policies and investor demand, to support gold and add another reason for strength in the months ahead: increased demand for perceived ‘safe-haven’ assets following the UK’s vote to leave the EU.”
So it appears whether it’s the end of our decades-long currency systems or simply short-term demand factors, gold looks pretty good right now.