Fresh gold price forecasts following May’s record highs

Fresh gold price forecasts following May’s record highs

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Our gold prices forecast points to a bull run

Gold prices hit a record of over USD 2,400 per troy ounce in mid-May. The commodity is up by around 20% over the last year and is up by close to 50% since late 2022, and is now nearly double the level that prevailed for much of the 2010s. Two key factors are at play behind this bull run. The first is smoldering geopolitical tensions amid U.S.-China frictions and wars in the Middle East and Europe, which have stoked safe-haven demand. The second—and perhaps most important—is central bank purchases. Monetary authorities snapped up more than 1,000 tons of the metal in 2022 and 2023, around double the average of the prior decade, and gobbled up a record amount in Q1 2024 as they looked to diversify their reserves and hedge against potential currency depreciation. These drivers outweighed a strong U.S. dollar and high interest rates, which generally tend to weigh on gold prices.

Price projections are bright

Our panelists have become increasingly optimistic on the outlook so far this year: Our average gold prices forecast for 2024–2028 is about 10% higher now than back in January. The metal in the coming years will remain—for the first time in history—comfortably above USD 2,000 per troy ounce, according to our gold price forecast. The drivers of this bright projection are manifold. Firstly, gold jewelry consumption is set to rise globally as emerging market consumers become ever-wealthier. Moreover, geopolitical risk will likely remain, spurring safe-haven demand. Furthermore, the growth of high-tech manufacturing will also require more gold; the metal is used in most automobiles and consumer electronics. Finally, production of the metal is seen as fairly stagnant ahead, as declining grades and the depletion of mine reserves offset the impact of new mines and expansions.

The outlook for silver prices, gold’s sister metal, is also upbeat

Gold and silver prices tend to move in close correlation, given that both are used in jewelry and as investment and safe-haven assets. As with gold prices, silver prices peaked in mid-May at an over-decade high, and are seen at historically elevated levels of over USD 25 per troy ounce over our forecast horizon to 2028. But silver has one crucial difference to gold: It is more widely used in industry, particularly in high-growth sectors such as solar panels and electric cars, which will give an extra boost for silver prices in the coming years. Couple this with the metal’s currently high price discount with gold, and silver looks even more appealing. Gold may be capturing most of the headlines right now, but prospects for silver prices are at least as bright.

Gold prices are forecast to stay elevated in coming years, though there is a wide spread among our panelists’ projections

Insight from our analyst network:

On the gold price forecast, ING’s Ewa Manthey said:

“We see prices averaging $2,250/oz in the second quarter and an annual average of $2,218/oz in 2024. We see prices peaking in the fourth quarter, averaging $2,300/oz, on the assumption that the Fed starts cutting rates in the second half of the year and the dollar and yields weaken.”

EIU analysts commented on jewelry demand:

“We forecast a return to growth in gold jewellery purchases in 2024 and 2025 of 1.6% and 2.4% respectively. More robust demand in Asian markets will be the primary driver of this trend in 2024, including in China (which accounts for more than a quarter of total jewellery demand). Falling real estate prices will encourage Chinese households to shift savings into the limited range of alternative investment assets available to them, including gold. A slight acceleration in global economic growth will sustain global jewellery demand growth in 2025.”

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