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Gold bulls can look forward to a bright future despite headwinds – Heraeus

Even as markets watch gold prices fall into the low 1830s as the fourth quarter gets underway, interest rate history favors gold bugs in the medium and long term, according to the latest precious metals report from Heraeus.

“The gold price tends to rise following the first cut of US interest rate cycles,” the analysts write. “On average since 1984, one calendar year after the Federal Reserve first cuts its rate after a hiking cycle, gold is 10% higher than the day of the decision to reduce interest rates, and after two years is 18% higher. The dollar tends to weaken, yields on U.S. Treasuries fall, and the economy tends to have deteriorated. All of these elements can act as a tailwind for the gold price.”

The analysts say that after the yield on the 10-year treasury note peaks, it’s only a matter of time before Fed Chair Jerome Powell begins to cut. “The last rate hike of the cycle also tends to coincide with the peak in the yield on 10-year U.S. Treasuries,” they write. “Since 1984, interest rate cuts have never lagged the peak in 10-year U.S. Treasury notes by more than one year and seven months – this being the outlier in 1989. Excluding 1989, cuts have followed the peak by an average of ~10 months.”

They note, however, that this does not constitute a guarantee. “Two years after the first interest rate reduction in 1995, gold was 16% lower at $325.50/oz,” they say. “On the other hand, gold’s relative performance to the upside following interest rate cuts has grown since the 2001 cycle.”

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