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In the second week of June 2019, gold surged amidst uncertainties over US-China trade issues and the unpredictability created by the US Federal Reserve's plans related to the monetary policy.
The imbalance between countries' fiscal and monetary policies created by rate issues from Europe to Japan made yellow metal valuable. It is one of the portable and liquid assets that provides the owners with the best form of insurance.
In the last weeks, no major development on the geopolitical front could be seen, like the US-Iran tensions or other issues like an attack on ships in the Gulf of Oman, which America said was caused by Iran.
Hence, the US stocks remained positive, and crude remained weaker at $52.00 a barrel, while the US dollar was also under pressure.
Gold increased to a 14-month high in the last weeks amid uncertainties, where the analysts expected it to gain significantly, especially if it can push past the 5-year trading range. The gold-silver ratio recently climbed to 90, signalling one of the highest prices for gold compared to silver.
The metal ratio was 12 to 1 in the Middle Ages, determined by France's bimetallic monetary standard to 15.5 to 1 in the 19th century.
As silver was demonetised in favour of the Gold standard – its rate declined to 30 in the 20th century, and then it reached 58 in 1971.
The ratio was around 90 from 1990 to 1993. In the 1990s, the silver slump was caused by buying by the investor Warren Buffet, shifting the ratio from 100 to lower than 40 (in 1998).
There existed a lack of investor's belief in the increase in the price of silver, which has been a major reason for the lacklustre performance of the metal.
Most of the other precious metals - white and grey- are under pressure and are performing relatively low compared to gold due to low demand in key markets like the US.
Historically, the low demand for silver Eagle coins of the US Mint indicated one of the weakest trends in the coin trade from January to May 2018.
One of the reports - the World Silver Survey 2019 (Refinitiv), suggested that buyers would invest in gold in the condition of volatility or risks in the market. However, the trends were different in the post-2008 crisis when the metal surged to an all-time high of $50 in 2011, and the ratio between the two was just 31. Experts say silver broke the downtrend of the last few months, and now, it can gain.
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