Environment|Gold|Risk Management
Environment|Gold|Risk Management

Geopolitical tensions, continued central bank buying likely to support gold in 2024

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7th December 2023

By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Senior Contributing Editor Online


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Gold had a strong 2023, defying expectations amid a high interest rate environment and outperforming commodities, bonds and most stock markets, the World Gold Council (WGC) says as it outlines possible scenarios for the gold market in 2024.

In its ‘2024 Outlook on Gold’ report, published on December 7, the council states that market consensus is for a “soft landing” in the US, which should positively affect the global economy.

“Historically, soft landing environments have not been particularly attractive for gold, resulting in flat to slightly negative average returns.

“That said, every cycle is different. This time around, heightened geopolitical tensions in a key election year for many major economies, combined with continued central bank buying could provide additional support for gold,” it notes.

Geopolitics added between 3% and 6% to gold’s performance in the last year, the WGC points out.

In 2024, factors like Israel’s war in Gaza, and major elections taking place globally, including in the US, the European Union, India and Taiwan, mean investors’ need for portfolio hedges is likely to be higher than normal.

Central banks have also been a significant source of demand for the gold market. Central bank buying is likely to reach a record year after breaking a year-to-date record in the third quarter.

The council expects this trend to continue into 2024.

Further, it says, the likelihood of the US Federal Reserve steering the US economy to a safe landing with interest rates above 5% is by no means certain, while a global recession is still on the cards.

“From a risk-management perspective, this would provide strong support to the case of maintaining a strategic allocation to gold in the portfolio,” the WGC states.

Edited by Chanel de Bruyn
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online



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