Gold and silver exchange traded funds look tarnished after last year’s rout, and Moody’s Investors Service anticipates more pain for the precious metals ahead as central banks unwind accommodative measures and inflation remains subdued.
COMEX gold futures are trading around $1,227 per ounce and COMEX silvers futures are hovering around $19.6 per ounce. [2014 May Not be Much Better for Gold]
On Wednesday, Moody’s Investors Service cut its forward view on average gold and silver prices for 2014 and beyond to $1,100 per ounce and $18 per ounce, respectively, write Darren M. Kirk and Donald S. Carter on Moody’s. Previously, the ratings agency projected average prices of $1,200 per ounce and $20 per ounce over the next few years.
“These lower price expectations reflect significant deterioration in the spot price of gold and silver to about $1,200/oz and $20/oz, respectively, and fundamentals that seem unfavorable over the next couple of years as the global economy maintains forward momentum, governments unwind various stimulus programs, and the threat of inflation remains subdued in most major economies,” according to the press release. “Moody’s had previously indicated that it could lower its forward view if the price of gold was to persist below $1,300/oz.”