maandag 8 juli 2013

Red Alert: Gold Forward Rates Turn Negative

As I told before, the only parameter that is going to dictate gold lease rates, is the GOFO rate, because the Federal Reserve will always keep the fed funds rate at zero, which means the LIBOR rate will stay at zero. 

The GOFO rate though, is dependant on the demand and supply mechanics of gold. And today we have the first time that the GOFO rate actually turned negative, which is officially a backwardation in gold. Since the 2008 crisis hit us, the GOFO rate has never been negative, so this is a premiere. As a matter of fact, we have never seen a negative GOFO rate in a decade or more. (except for those few days in 2008 which are ignorable)

Once such events happen, we will see a huge shortage coming in gold.

Chart 1: LBMA GOFO rate turns negative
And the subsequent rise in lease rates:

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