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The first quarter of 2021 has been good for gold. In the Q1 of 2021, the demand for gold was 815.7 tons, which is 4% higher than Q4 of 2020 (783.4 tons). However, if one compares Q1 of 2021 to Q1 of 2020, gold demand is 23% lower. This is only natural since the first quarter of last year, the global pandemic scared the world. Investors rushed to invest in gold as they saw gold prices increase and protect their investments from a potential financial crisis.
(Picture 1. Gold outperformed major assets in 2020 (1) )
Gold outperformed major assets in 2020. In comparison with 10 other assets, Gold „won“second place in terms of Annual returns. Nasdaq stock performed very well in terms of annual return, increasing more than 40%. While Nasdaq gained 40%, it had an over 20% maximum drawdown, making this asset much riskier than gold. Gold price made over 20% in annual returns while the drawback was only a few percentages.
(Picture 2. XAU/currency data (1) )
2020 was an amazing year for gold investors. Gold price reached an all-time high in all major currencies, moving past $2000. The highest registered gold price was at $2,067.15 per ounce. In Picture 2. XAU/currency data shows that XAU/USD gained 24.6%, followed by XAU/EUR with a 14.3% increase. Dollar returns were high because the dollar price has lost a lot of its value due to the enormous amount of Central Bank printing.
Gold has historically performed well amid equity market pullbacks as well as high inflation. In years when inflation was higher than 3%, gold’s price increased 15% on average. Notably, too, research by Oxford Economics shows that gold should do well in periods of deflation. Such periods are typically characterized by low interest rates and high financial stress, all of which tend to foster demand for gold. (1)
(Picture 3. Physical gold demand (1) )
The first quarter of 2021 was undoubtedly great. Physical gold demand has not been this high since Q4,2016. Gold investments in a physical form attract the attention of a wider and wider audience. New investors who fear the loss of value of fiat currencies, investors who are afraid of stock- and cryptocurrency bubble, are moving investments to gold.
For both China and India, the increase in demand for physical investment gold went hand in hand with the growing interest in gold jewelry, improved economic indicators, and lower prices in gold in their local currency.
In the first week of January 2021, gold market bulls tried to push the gold price higher, touching the $1960 area, but failed – the week closed near $1850. Gold price dropped the next 9-weeks consecutively, reaching the major support area and 11-months low at the end of March. Since then, the major support area around $1670 – $1700 has held strong, and from the end of March 2021 gold price has moved up 7-weeks straight and currently trading at $1881 (23.05.2021).
Gold is seeing some resistance in the area near $1900, and the price will likely correct before trying to reach new highs again. A potential price drop to support area $1755 – $1785 is likely.
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