So why is gold doing so well here in early 2016? As I write this gold is hovering in the low $1200.00 per ounce range, up over 10% year to date, already exceeding the high annual price estimate forecast by many ‘experts’. Even though metal prices regressed slightly from earlier highs during the trading days surrounding Valentine’s Day weekend, the week of February 8-12, 2016 was the best week for gold in four years.
This year looks to be another one of increased volatility as the market see-saws in different directions. Here are three compelling reasons why 2016 may be the perfect time to add gold to your portfolio.
The most frequent question asked of us here at JHCB by the public goes something like this… “What’s a better buy, silver or gold?” Our simplistic answer is a polite “We don’t really know”, or a similar non-committal response usually followed up with our question for you… “Why are you buying precious metals?” We’ve found over the years that our precious metals customers can be separated into two categories. The first group are those looking to make a long term profit buying low and hopefully selling high several years down the road. Our second category of buyers want tangible metals to act as an ‘insurance policy’ against weakening paper based assets.
Many of our wholesale and retail customers are unaware that Jack Hunt Coin Broker (now known locally as Jack Hunt Gold & Silver) once produced and marketed 100 oz. silver bars. It has come to our attention recently that there are some who mistakenly believe that these bars are a rare collectors item, produced by the infamous Hunt brothers (no relation to Jack).
Recently on more than one occasion I have come across bloggers essentially claiming that United States Mint is failing in its legal mandate to meet domestic investor demand for Silver Eagles. They argue that this especially holds true when market factors lead to significant increases in demand. Arguments range from poor management to nefarious intent to drive up Silver Eagle prices. As one of only twelve organizations worldwide that can buy Silver Eagles directly from the U.S. Mint, Jack Hunt Coin Broker has a clear picture of both the supply and demand issues involved with Silver Eagles. There are numerous reasons, that work individually and/or in conjunction that sometimes affects Silver Eagle supply. Consider the following:
Reprinted courtesy of The Silver Institute
(Washington D.C. – January 28, 2016) Silver is prized primarily for its dual role as a monetary asset as well as an important industrial metal utilized in a wide-range of existing and growing applications. Factors driving the silver market include supply and demand fundamentals, global economic performance, geopolitical issues, interest rates, currency fluctuations and investor sentiment, among others. Against this backdrop, the Silver Institute offers the following thoughts on this year’s silver market trends.