The Shanghai debut of China's first yuan--denominated crude futures trading market on Monday proved a great success, with major domestic and foreign traders displaying active interest. Total turnover amounted to 18.3 billion yuan ($2.9 billion) on the first trading day.
The market's better-than-expected performance is believed to have significantly contributed to the recent strength of the yuan on global currency markets.
For the first time in more than five years, commodity analysts at the U.S. investment bank are bullish on yellow metal prices. Goldman's analysts said signs of an uptick in inflation and the "increased risk" of a stock market correction should both prove to be price supportive for bullion.
"Our commodities team believes that the dislocation between the gold prices and U.S. rates is here to say," Goldman Sachs analysts, led by Eugene King, said in a research note published Monday.
"Based on empirical data for the past six tightening cycles, gold has outperformed post rate hikes four times," the analysts added.
alexgreat replied the topic: Market Sentiment shifting
Rather than congratulate the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission for taking note last week of the manipulation of the monetary metals futures markets, silver market rigging whistleblower Ted Butler today notes acerbically that the violations just cited by the commission took place during its interminable investigation of the silver market, which found ... nothing at all!
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Looks like more paper gold is needed
The World Gold Council has filed for a new physical gold ETF. The Gold Trust will be very similar to the $35 billion SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), the world’s largest gold fund, but with key differences.
At first glance, the fund looks like it will go head to head with GLD, but maybe not. It seems unlikely the World Gold Council would want to cannibalize a successful existing product that already has its backing. The filing is actually quite vague, with a lot of information—including the ticker and expense ratio—left blank.
GLD’s main competitor is the iShares Gold Trust (IAU). A share of IAU represents ownership of 1/100th of an ounce of gold. However, one share of GLD represents 1/10th of an ounce of gold.