The biggest news for gold this past month is… the price.
The price of gold has been red hot in the month of June. In fact, the precious metal is already up 6% from its May lows near $1,270 per ounce.
Less than nine months ago, markets thought the Fed was going to raise rates this year. After 10 years of a growing economy and rising markets – and rates still near zero – that made sense.
But then trade war worries took hold, and the Fed recognized the risk of a national and global economic slowdown. Now the markets expect the Fed will start cutting rates, rather than raising them. And this could possibly happen soon – and multiple times.
Most other central banks are already taking that route. But the specter of Fed cuts has now caused renewed weakness in the U.S. dollar and lit a fire under gold prices.
In fact, the Fed now admits that "unconventional tools" reserved for crises, like quantitative easing, zero interest rates, and even negative rates may no longer be seen as "unconventional."
With this kind of backdrop, it's little surprise the price of gold is running higher…
Conditions Are Perfect for a Gold Price Rally
The gold landscape has changed. Some might say dramatically.
Thanks to the new outlook on interest rates and concerns about recession, gold gained 6% in just the past two weeks.
The first move came on May 30. That's when U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States would hit Mexico with a 5% tariff on all goods. That's when gold got the defibrillator.
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Then on May 31, gold topped $1,300 to post its highest close in over seven weeks, thanks to trade tensions.
One thing is certain: Investors' interest has returned. On June 4, the SPDR Gold Shares ETF (NYSE: GLD) enjoyed its largest one-day inflow of gold in three years, adding 16 metric tons that day alone.
Gold futures even tested the $1,360 level on June 14. And depending how you count or who you ask, that's the sixth time since 2016 they've hit that level.
It's widely considered that the more attempts at breaking through an overhead resistance level, the bigger and stronger the eventual breakout.
Legendary billionaire trader Paul Tudor Jones just called gold his "favorite trade for the next 12 to 24 months." Jones said that if gold can push through $1,400 – just $60 higher – then it could blast all the way to $1,700.
He thinks the increasing possibility of Fed easing could be just the catalyst the price of gold needs.
Looking at a long-term chart for gold, it's easy to see why Tudor Jones has such a lofty target. Actually, it's this kind of view that gives the clearest perspective.
Have a look…
To be fair, it doesn't take an expert market technician to see the long-term resistance gold has faced near the $1,400 level. It's been a major obstacle since 2013.
And it also doesn't take much explanation to see that the next possible resistance level appears to be around $1,600.
It's looking like gold has a real shot at breaking out soon. The more times the overhead resistance level of $1,350 to $1,370 is tested, the better the chances of gold breaking through on the next attempt.
And the dollar may be about to lend a helping hand…
The Fed Isn't the Only Catalyst for the Price of Gold in 2019
About the Author
Peter Krauth is the Resource Specialist for Money Map Press and has contributed some of the most popular and highly regarded investing articles on Money Morning. Peter is headquartered in resource-rich Canada, but he travels around the world to dig up the very best profit opportunity, whether it's in gold, silver, oil, coal, or even potash.