Market Update May 22nd – Gold and Silver Rally Takes a Breather

Mark Yaxley | May 22nd 2024, 1:49:00 pm

This Week's Market UPDATE: STRAIGHT FROM THE VAULT. Keep up-to-date with the economic and socioeconomic factors affecting the price of precious metals with this weekly update from industry expert Mark Yaxley, CEO, Strategic Wealth Preservation.

Gold, silver, and platinum closed above USD $2400, $30, and $1000 per ounce respectively on Friday following a memorable week that saw all metals make significant gains. In fact, silver’s close was its highest in over 10 years.

So far this week, the metals have paused to take a breath. Investors are taking profits, which, for silver investors in particular, have been long-awaited.

The rally was fueled by the emergence of less favorable US economic data and the expectation of a weakening US dollar and interest rate cuts from the Fed. Chairman Powell is now hinting at September for a first cut.

Meanwhile, in China, which has been the main driver of the gold price lately, gold ETFs saw their fifth consecutive monthly inflow in April, adding USD $1.3 billion (17 tons), the largest monthly inflow EVER. China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China, has announced gold purchases for 18 consecutive months, and their official holdings now stand at 4.9% of total reserves, again, the highest EVER.

We’ve also seen escalations on the geopolitical scene (Gaza, Ukraine, and the death of the Iranian President). Investors should continue to watch these macro trends closely, as the current pause in the gold and silver rally may be short-lived.

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Mark Yaxley, CEO of Strategic Wealth Preservation (SWP), began his journey in precious metals with Kitco Metals in 2006. Co-founding SWP in 2014, he now guides individual and commercial clients towards their investment goals. Renowned for his 'Inside the Vault' YouTube series, Mark has helped millions gain insights into gold and silver bullion ownership.

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