A report says that gold demand from investors worried about inflation and currencies should continue in 2010 and 2011 to make up for the steep fall in jewellery demand and scrap sales
Gold prices may rise above $1,300 per troy ounce by 2011 on record demand from investors worried about inflation, currencies and sovereign debt, a survey by UK-based consultancy GFMS has said, reports PTI.
Gold prices are averaging $1,113 this year, up from $972 in 2009, and are forecast to touch $1,150 in long term, the report said.
The demand sparked by investors worried about inflation and currencies should continue in 2010 and 2011 to make up for the steep fall in jewellery demand and scrap sales, says the report.
But a sharp correction is in store further ahead when inflation fails to run away and the US dollar escapes a dollar-crisis as some predict, it said.
GFMS chairman Philip Klapwijk said in an interview that he expects “the current strength in gold prices to moderate,” noting that (investment) demand will begin to wane as real interest rates rise and the safe haven properties of gold become less relevant under a more stable economic environment.
“We are entering the final stages of a bull market. But that doesn’t rule out the potential for some fairly fancy price gains before it reaches a peak in prices. We are actually pretty bullish over at least the next 6-12 months. By the end of this year, we believe prices will be near the $1,300 mark,” Mr Klapwijk said.
However, he said that the current trend in gold demand is not a reflection of a healthy underlying market as the demand for jewellery, the traditional mainstay of the gold market, has reduced to just 43%.
Jewellery demand was off by 25% (at 1,111 metric tonnes) over the past year, according to the GFMS survey.
Such demand is normally the mainstay of the gold market as it usually represents nearly 70% of total global gold demand.
Gold investment in 2009 surpassed jewellery buying for the first time since 1980.
That's why Mr Klapwijk suggests, “The rise of gold prices is not sustainable because record investment buying at some point will fall off.”
While jewellery demand has begun to recover from last year’s “exceptionally low levels,” the report suggests that prices will have to fall sharply to bring traditional gold buyers back to the market.