Gold’s strong start to the new year

Gold has raced off the starting blocks for 2021, hitting a two-month high on Monday.

Trading around $1,946/oz earlier this week, the gold price remains short of the all-time high achieved last August, when it hit an intra-day high of $2,075/oz. 

Despite the dip since then gold investors are sitting on tidy profits. Gold rose by 22% in 2020 and has gained 65% since August 2018. It faces two key issues in 2021. Firstly, the vaccines, which have taken some of the shine off gold, says The Times. 

As a safe-haven asset, the metal attracts less attention when the economy is doing well, as is expected this year. Investment bank analysts are cautious, with HSBC predicting gold will finish 2021 at $1,907; Bank of America predicts $2,060.

Secondly, bitcoin has emerged as an alternative hedge against inflation. The cryptocurrency’s surge may be diverting funds that would otherwise flow into precious metals, Delano Saporu of New Street Advisors Group told CNBC’s Lizzy Gurdus. Investors looking for a hedge against government currency debasement now have more options to choose from. 

Still, if 2021 brings the inflationary scare MoneyWeek has been fretting about for some time, then gold is likely to gain new impetus. This week’s jump is giving gold bugs hope. A store of wealth for thousands of years, there is still nothing quite like gold.

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