Gold Bugs Chuffed At Volatility In Financial Markets

Gold is currently trading at $1,215.26 per ounce, up 0.91% or $10.96. Over the past 30-day period, Gold has risen 6.40% or $72.40 per ounce. The precious metal flourishes during times of economic uncertainty, and the fiery rhetoric of President Donald Trump has done nothing to assuage those concerns. His inaugural address on Friday, 20 January 2017 was a scathing indictment of Washington DC and political insiders. Trump vowed radical change, starting with his promise to fulfill his election mandate.

From the outset, Trump promised to remove the US from the Trans Pacific Partnership, renegotiate NAFTA so that the US gets a much better deal (or scrap it entirely). He wishes to kickstart massive infrastructure development, rebuild the military and embark upon a policy of America First. These and other policies form the crux of Trump’s radical change agenda. Naturally, gold bullion tends to react sharply to dramatic change and geopolitical uncertainty. The precious metal was trading higher in early morning sessions across Asia, along with silver. Analysts have positioned themselves in favour of gold as the preferred safe-haven asset this week. For binary options traders, there is no doubt that gold is the go-to asset.

How Has Gold Been Performing in USD Terms in Recent Years?

Since 2002, Gold has generated an average return of 10.7%. However, the total return on the precious metal is substantial at 332.7%. The last 5 years have generated mixed results for bullion.

  • In 2013, the price of gold declined by 28.3%
  • In 2014 the price of gold declined by 1.5%
  • In 2015 the price of gold declined by 10.4%
  • In 2016, the price of gold rose by 8.5%
  • In 2017 to date, the price of gold is up 4.7%
  • The performance of gold in USD terms is not the best performance of the precious metal in currency terms. Gold has performed remarkably well in GBP (+409.6%), and INR (+510.3%). Turning our attention to gold futures, the signs are positive. In 2017, gold is already showing signs of becoming a commodity leader. Speculators are generally bearish on gold, but given their contrarian nature this is a positive sign for the precious metal. As a binary option trader, the most important determinant of gold strength or weakness now is GLD SPDR Gold shares ETF. When cash is changing hands on Wall Street, this is where you want to look for activity. Investors and speculators looking to plow money into gold, or to divest from the precious metal typically go through this exchange traded fund. GLD is the most important barometer of gold demand. Take a look at the below chart which indicates trading activity on this exchange traded fund:

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    Travis Esquivel is an engineer, passionate soccer player and full-time dad. He enjoys writing about innovation and technology from time to time.

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