Investment demand for gold and related exchange traded funds remains robust with an increasing number of individual and institutional investors seeking out the precious metal as a potential source of return and diversification to traditional stock and bond portfolios.
On the upcoming webcast, Gold Investing Outlook Continues to Shine, George Milling–Stanley, Head of Gold Strategy at State Street Global Advisors, and Juan Carlos Artigas, Director of Investment Research for World Gold Council, will delve into outlook and illustrate ideas on how to incorporate gold into a diversified investment portfolio.
The good news for gold ETFs is that inflation could serve as a catalyst for the yellow metal. Rising inflation could also prove to be a catalyst for gold ETFs. By some metrics, the Fed has under-estimated U.S. inflation, which could prove beneficial to gold because the yellow metal is historically a popular inflation fighter.
Another possible catalyst for gold entering the back of the year is lingering debate surrounding how many times the Fed can raise rates this year – one more is what many traders are betting on, and in 2018, three seems to be the bet there.
Moreover, in the face of a stronger dollar and speculation that the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates as many as three times this year, gold prices could still move modestly higher with some help from increased demand out of the emerging markets, namely China and India.