Futures Trading Discussion : Precious Metals and Fear Premium

We are going to go back with the futures trading platform to join a discussion on the topic about : “Precious Metals and Fear Premium”. I don’t think that this is a boring topic to anyone who care about metal futures. So, let’s see what the expert talks about it!

Topic we talk today is related to Fear. How is it talked about! Fear can often be a great motivator to buyers of precious metals, and it is subject matter I have explored before. The fear of the unknown and the fear of the worst-case have contributed to some epic price highs in gold, silver, and even platinum group metals. However, do you know what happens when the worst is over? What should you make of a market in the midst of resolutions? Sometimes one of the trickiest things for markets moving like silver and gold have been for the last several months is in deciding when to call a top, if at all. There are more than a few analysts who might call it a precious metal bubble, likening it to other stocks or markets that ran to extremes, only to deflate rapidly on some kind of calamity or another. Is this what is in store for gold and silver?

You will get the answer soon, but firstly, take a look at some of the things that have added money to the market.
The biggest catalyst for gold’s historic price run has been the breakdown of the global financial situation by far. Lower credit ratings for sovereign nations, credit crises in some of the largest Western powers, the fallout for developing nations that provide manufactured goods to said national powers – the list goes on. And silver, never mind silver’s latest meteoric rise. It was apparently sluggish out of the gate, but the last several weeks have seen a pop in the silver prices which have not seen since the 1980s. As a whole, investors have been in fact big on gold and silver in a way not seen since that decade.

The real bullet point on most of the fundamental reasoning behind the uptrend has been the investment jitters that stemmed from the financial crisis that began in 2008. We could not have predicted how long or how deep the recession would be, so there have been ups and downs along the way. At first, it looked like stimulus efforts and a handsomely lowered prime interest rate would provide just the kick-start needed to keep things from complete disaster. But as each new economic report, housing report, and generally bad piece of news hit the airwaves it was apparent that this was no flash in the pan crisis.

Enter the even lower interest rate and quantitative easing plans.

When the US dollar began getting undermined, the threat of hyperinflation and general currency devaluation helped to light another fire under metals. That investors appear to be ready to pay in an effort to preserve wealth in a climate of complete uncertainty has become the fear premium.

Now the markets get to grapple with fresh concerns when Japan is on the way to try to head off nuclear disaster, allies flex their foreign aid muscle in Libya and the Middle East erupts in protests and renewed tensions. Not particularly comforting for the average portfolio. The fear premium comes with some costs, namely the potential for a sell off as weaker longs breathe a collective sigh of relief every time there is a fresh comforting moment.
These moments are able to include any betterment of an economic report, like home sales or pricing reports. These have often come out with slightly better performance, prompting a happy return to stock market or other financial instruments, usually resulting in a liquidation of precious metals holdings. The key to these kinds of reports is in noticing how much better the reports really are.

Bear in mind that many things like housing and employment are coming off of record lows and the worst performances in years. Improvements on some numbers just might mean ‘less bad’ and not necessarily better.
Another catalyst for buying is inflation, and dismissal of the notion of rising prices can be a weak point for metals. The two precious metals – Gold and Silver – are seen as inflation hedges as much as asset preservers, so when the Federal Reserve goes on record with statements indicating they believe inflation is controlled or temporary, it affects metal prices. As fear of inflation ebbs so does the precious metals market.

The answer for the wonder about the topic from the time you read the title will be solved. I hope that such the information which has just shared can help you somehow understand more about what is going on around the markets you trade. Things keep changing and you need to learn more to make sure that you won’t be let behind. Next time, we will be back and talk about another topic around futures market.