August 31st, 2012
by Adrian Ash, Bullion Vault
Will he, won't he? Either way, gold says more QE is coming in due course regardless...
Maybe Ben Bernanke's much-awaited speech at the annual Jackson Hole shindig for central bankers wasn't so disappointing after all. Certainly the Wall Street Journal seems to think that, and its own inhouse "Fed wire" journalist Jon Hilsenrath to boot! But if today's speech was a promise, it fell a long way short of matching 2010's big event. Back then, Bernanke made the imminent launch of QE2 plain. Whereas the financial media's first-rush response today was headlined "Bernanke: No more easing, for now".
So maybe the gold market's just got its mojo back. Or perhaps this week's anticipation – the same anticipation we've seen for times this summer – merely put the gold price on hold, as the buying already under way took pause.
As you can see, the gold price hit a classic bout of the doldrums in summer 2012. And within that $100 trading range, you can see quanticipation – the anticipation of quantitative easing – blowing a hot breeze first this way and then that.
Starting in May, gold priced in Dollars has risen on any and every "hint" of fresh money printing in the US, only to slip back when the Fed then disappoints. "Will he? Won't he?" All financial markets have been trying to guess the answer. But you can most clearly see it in the price of gold – that most sensitive asset to monetary policy. Because buying gold is always a vote of "no confidence" in central banks. Selling it means you think the Fed has got on top of its job.
And today, post-Jackson Hole, gold has now done something it's failed to do every time previous this summer. It rose despite Ben Bernanke's damp squib of a speech. So perhaps the bullion market has finally shrugged its shoulders and accepted that – whatever the Fed says – it will choose to pull the big lever marked "More Money" sooner or later.
Market-timing be damned? Quanticipation might now be driving the gold price regardless of Fed jaw-boning. The all-too typical autumn rally in gold looks very much in train either way.
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About the Author
Adrian Ash runs the research desk at BullionVault, the physical gold and silver market for private investors online. Formerly head of editorial at London's top publisher of private-investment advice, he was City correspondent for The Daily Reckoning from 2003 to 2008, and is now a regular contributor to many leading analysis sites including Forbes and a regular guest on BBC national and international radio and television news. Adrian's views on the gold market have been sought by the Financial Times and Economist magazine in London; CNBC, Bloomberg and TheStreet.com in New York; Germany's Der Stern and FT Deutschland; Italy's Il Sole 24 Ore, and many other respected finance publications.