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Gold Prices Hit 30-Month Euro Low as Bank of Japan 'Defies' Everyone, Stays 'Ultra Easy' Before the Fed

GOLD PRICES fell below $1220 for the fourth time in a fortnight in London trade Tuesday, hitting new 30-month lows for Euro investors at €1038 as the Bank of Japan sparked volatility on the currency markets by tweaking its "continuous...powerful" QE money creation and asset-purchase program.
 
Vowing to suppress short- and long-term interest rates "for an extended period of time", the BoJ confirmed rumors that it will allow 10-year Japanese government bond yields to move around its 0% target.
 
It also switched its stockmarket ETF purchases from trust funds tracking the smaller Nikkei index to the much larger Topix.
 
"[These] steps [seek] to alleviate the strain on banks and the market distortions stemming from its policy," says Bloomberg.
 
But the BoJ will still buy some $53bn of equity ETFs this year, plus over $715bn of Japanese government bonds, and in "stick[ing] to ultra-easy money policy," says the Wall Street Journal, Tokyo is " defying expectations".
 
It also " defies [the] global move to roll back crisis-era stimulus" according to the Financial Times.
 
The US Federal Reserve starts a 2-day policy meeting today, with analysts expecting "no change" but a firm promise of further Dollar rate hikes ahead in Wednesday's decision.
 
Last week the European Central Bank repeated its plan to end Eurozone QE by New Year 2019, and London analysts now put a 90% chance on the Bank of England raising UK rates this Thursday.
 
With the Dollar gold price falling in tandem with the Yen's FX rate again today, the two assets' correlation on a 5-week rolling basis has now risen above +0.8 so far this summer.
 
That statistical figure would read +1.0 if gold and the Yen moved perfectly in lockstep, or -1.0 if they moved exactly opposite.
 
On a 52-week basis, gold has now shown a consistently positive relationship with the USD/JPY exchange rate since February 2013 – the longest such stretch since gold and then FX exchange rates began floating in the early 1970s.
 
Chart of gold (blue, right) vs. USD/JPY (red, left). Source: St.Louis Fed
 
In US Dollar terms, spot bullion has now traded 1.4% high-to-low over the last week, but moved just 1.0% against the Japanese Yen.
 
London's benchmark price has moved 1.0% against the Dollar over the last week, but Shanghai's benchmark Yuan price has moved barely 0.3%.
 
Tuesday's news meantime saw the Euro jump almost ¥1 to a 2-week high versus the Yen, and it also rose against the Dollar, nearing its strongest exchange rate in 3 weeks at $1.17.
 
Euro gold prices meantime sank to fresh 2.5-year lows at €1038 per ounce, falling over 8% from end-June's 12-month high.
 
"I think that the momentum towards the 2.0% is firmly maintained," said BoJ governor Haruhiko Kuroda of Tokyo's target for annual inflation in consumer prices – last seen at 0.7% and failing to break 2.0% since the VAT sales tax hike of 2014.
 
"The markets expected the BoJ to show a much clearer path," says Keiko Onogi, senior bond strategist at Daiwa Securities Co.
 
"There are [only] some small wording changes."
 
Silver outpaced gold's drop on the BoJ news, touching a 0.8% loss for this week so far at $15.40 before rallying 10 cents per ounce back to unchanged.
 
Platinum meantime outperformed the monetary precious metals, rallying to $833 to trade 4.9% above this month's plunge to 14-year lows in US Dollar terms.

Adrian Ash is director of research at BullionVault, the physical gold and silver market for private investors online. Formerly head of editorial at London's top publisher of private-investment advice, he was City correspondent for The Daily Reckoning from 2003 to 2008, and is now a regular contributor to many leading analysis sites including Forbes and a regular guest on BBC national and international radio and television news. Adrian's views on the gold market have been sought by the Financial Times and Economist magazine in London; CNBC, Bloomberg and TheStreet.com in New York; Germany's Der Stern; Italy's Il Sole 24 Ore, and many other respected finance publications.

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