Insights and Market Perspectives

Gold in today’s volatile market

Author: Ani Markova

February 14, 2018

In early January, we published a note titled “Are you worried about a correction?” where we discussed concerns regarding the uninterrupted run up in the equity markets. In the past week or so we have seen how quickly investors can re-price risk in the market and start to unwind positions. Between January 26th and February 9th, a period which spanned ten trading days, both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average saw a 9% correction.

Although gold did not go up the way we expected it to in this market due to a rebound in the U.S. dollar, it did what it was supposed to do – it held its value vs. the equity markets (see charts below). Gold was actually flat in CAD, offering Canadian investors a wealth preservation tool.

Figure 1 – Gold vs. US and Canadian Equity Indices

Source: Bloomberg, as of February 9, 2018

The Outlook

We believe that the current run up in the U.S. dollar is more of a short-term rebound from a quick depreciation and that in the medium- to long-term, the dollar will resume its downwards trend on the back of stronger growth in international markets and too much debt in the U.S. We will watch carefully next month how the Chinese oil futures contracts quoted in RMB start trading, as this will be the first indication of the impact on the dollar from shifting away from a historic norm of pricing commodities in USD.

Figure 2 – U.S. Dollar Index Performance

 Source: Bloomberg, as of February 9, 2018

As we have highlighted before, portfolio diversification is important and finding the right type of diversification is key for wealth preservation. As long-term history shows, gold provides much needed protection against rising inflation and falling markets.


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Written by

Ani Markova, MBA, LIFA, CIM, CFA

Vice-President and Portfolio Manager

AGF Investments Inc.

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