Around 02:25 UTC on Monday (July 27), the gold price made a historic move, reaching $1,922.36 an ounce, which means that it had broken above its all-time high (ATH) of $1,920.94, which had been set on 1 September 2011, as you can see from the one-day and the all-time price charts shown below:

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Currently (as of 7:10 UTC on July 27), spot gold is trading at $1,934.12.

According to a report by Kitco News, Marc Chandler, chief market strategist at Bannockburn Global Forex, said:

“It is difficult to talk about resistance in never-before-seen prices, but if our view of interest rates and the turn in the dollar cycle is fair, then $2,500 might not seem unreasonable.”

Steven Dunn, head of exchange-traded products at Aberdeen Standard Investments, told Kitco News:

“The combination of escalating U.S.-China tensions and enduring fears about the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic have provided plenty of fuel for this surge, and neither seem likely to dissipate in the near term… As investors continue to face volatility and uncertainty, the appeal of safe-haven assets like gold and silver will only increase.”

Afshin Nabavi, head of trading with MKS (Switzerland) SA, recently told Kitco News:

“Everywhere you look, the world is a mess and that is going to drive gold prices higher.”

According to data from CryptoCompare, less than 90 minutes after gold had broken its ATH, Bitcoin, the cryptoasset that many refer to as “digital gold”, surged past $10,300, a level last seen on June 1, as you can see from the one-day and three-month price charts shown below:

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So, what is the reason for the rallies that gold and Bitcoin are currently having? 

Well, we can’t be certain, of course, but here are some plausible explanations:

  • The worsening COVID-19 situation in the U.S. (CNBC says that Friday marked “the first time since late May the daily death toll totaled above 1,000 for four consecutive days”).
  • Escalating tensions between the U.S. and China as the result of trade disputes, China’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic back in January/February, and China’s stance towards Hong Kong.
  • Negative “real” yield on the U.S. 10 Year Treasury Note. 
  • Weakening of the U.S. dollar. 

On Sunday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday” that Senate Republicans plan to introduce on Monday a second coronavirus relief bill that is “worth about $1 trillion.”

According to CNBC, Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s Vivek Dhar said:

“The negative relationship between long term US real yields and gold futures has held up fairly well over the longer term.

“That is because when long term US real yields increase, gold is less attractive relative to US interest bearing securities since gold has no income earning ability…

“The fall in US 10 year real yields is primarily being driven by an increase in US 10 year inflation expectations.”

Kraken Co-Founder and CEO Jesse Powell explained one important difference between gold and Bitcoin — the supply of the former is essentially “infinite” considering the amount of gold that exists in space (but has not been mined yet):

As for how high the Bitcoin price could go, Vijay Ayyar, head of business development at crypto exchange Luno, told CNBC that Bitcoin whales were trying to decide whether to sell some of their BTC in order to bring the price down so that they could accumulate more Bitcoin:

“This doesn’t seem to have happened… What we have unfolding is potentially re-accumulation by big players, joined by smaller traders in an attempt to push BTC higher past 10K and more past 10.5K, which is the big resistance level, where BTC last put in a high…

“We still haven’t broken the 10.5K level, if that happens, BTC is probably running to 15K. All signs point to that at this point.”

But perhaps the last word should belong to the always funny BitMEX Co-Founder and CEO Arthur Hayes, who tweeted:


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