Today real rates clearly moved higher and that’s clearly what moved gold lower. You had stronger PPI data out and I think when that data came out the market had another look at rates and expectations.The extreme volatility seen recently in the precious metal market is not customary. Generally considered a safe-haven asset, gold rarely sees daily changes larger than 2-3%. Gold’s rise over $2,000 last week was extremely rapid. Tuesday’s drop, which took prices back down to $1,910, was the sharpest intraday drop since June 2013. Other safe-haven assets also saw strong movements negative during Tuesday’s trading. Bitcoin in particular lost over 4%, dropping from over $11,900 to just under $11,400. During the decline, the substantial increase in equities markets may indicate that Bitcoin has decoupled from stocks. This would indicate that the market is seeing Bitcoin more as a store of value than before. The fact that Bitcoin also followed gold’s decline adds to this theory. Should Bitcoin truly decouple from equities markets, it will likely follow gold in price movement. This would shift the narrative for Bitcoin’s price adjustments in the coming months, particularly as economic data is released. If the economy truly begins to improve and yields increase, the gold market will likely lose steam. This, with strength in the value of the dollar overseas, could move Bitcoin negative as well.
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