ECB : Considering Lowering Euro
(Fri, 11 Sept 2020). The ECB might follow the Federal Reserve’s inflation policy. If that happens, it could massively buoy the sentiment around the gold price.
Former ECB vice president Vitor Constancio believes the central bank might follow the Federal Reserve’s inflation policy. High inflation sustained over an extended period would boost the gold price in the longer term. The ECB’s attempt to lower the euro’s value could also fuel the precious metal in the near future. The European Central Bank (ECB) and other central banks might follow the Federal Reserve’s inflation policy. If that happens, it could massively buoy the sentiment around the gold price trend in the medium term.
Three factors surrounding the ECB could strengthen the bull case of gold in the coming months.
First, the ECB is trying to lower the value of the euro to avoid cheaper imports. Second, the bank wants to see a similar inflation rate as the U.S. Lastly, the gold price has consolidated due to the rising U.S. dollar and euro. An extended consolidation phase could trigger a stronger upside movement.
ECB Wants to see the Euro Fall
In recent weeks, the value of the euro has strengthened against other reserve currencies. Analysts attributed the euro’s upsurge to the eurozone’s favorable stimulus and a recovering economy. But for the ECB, a high euro presents significant challenges. It eliminates the advantages of exporters in the eurozone. It might also hinder inflation as cheaper imports slow the European economy.
Stores of value and safe-haven assets, like gold, are valued against reserve currencies. If the ECB moves to devalue the euro, it could cause the gold price to pick up momentum in the medium term. Mechanical Engineering Industry Association’s chief economist Ralph Wiechers said the euro’s rally is a real pain for the economy.
Investment banks say that the ECB lacks the tools to have an immense impact on the euro’s value. That could mean that the gold price might not benefit from it in the immediate future. But over the longer term, as the pressure on the euro intensifies, it could amplify the next bull run of the precious metal.
Even if the ECB cannot promptly slow the euro’s uptrend, strategists expect more verbal intervention. Natixis strategist Dirk Schumacher said that the euro’s appreciation has become a “headache for the ECB.” The firm expects to see intervention from ECB president Christine Lagarde to ease policies further.
Avoiding Low Inflation
A large part of the reason behind the ECB’s fear for the surging euro is its potential impact on inflation. When eurozone exports are at a disadvantage due to the high euro, it could cause inflation in the country to rise. Historical cycles show that high inflation benefits the gold price. Following the Federal Reserve’s landmark 2% average inflation announcement, strategists anticipate more central banks to follow suit.
Rising inflation often acts as a persistent catalyst for safe-haven assets, especially gold.
The Fed’s 2% average inflation policy allows the central bank to bump inflation when the economy slows temporarily. The Fed attempts to achieve a 2% inflation rate over time, but it could vary in the short term. If the ECB adopts a similar policy, the gold price would largely benefit over the long term. Avid gold investors, including the likes of Peter Schiff, believe inflation could be the bedrock for the metal’s next rally.
Gold is Consolidating
The gold price has been consolidating between $1,927 and $2,000 since August 12, for nearly a month. After an explosive rally to a new record high, a consolidation phase resets the market and neutralizes order books in spot markets. The start of an accumulation period, a stable gold price, rising inflation, and the negative outlook on reserve currencies brighten the sentiment around gold in the upcoming months.
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