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Silver Prices Forecast: Focus Shifts from Fed Rate Cuts to Geopolitics

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Weekly Silver Market Recap

Silver prices closed last week near their multi-year high at $29.80, showing potential for significant movements in the coming days. The prices consistently trading within the previous week’s range indicates a cautious sentiment among traders, reflecting their balanced approach between U.S. monetary policy changes and international political developments.

Last week, XAG/USD settled at $28.69, up $0.80 or +2.85%.

Weekly Silver (XAG/USD)

Geopolitical and Economic Influences

Geopolitical tensions in the Middle East escalated last week, with Iran intensifying its military activities against Israel. This conflict has pushed investors toward silver as a historically stable asset during periods of political unrest. This increased demand briefly drove prices up, though they soon stabilized at around $28.75. In contrast, in the United States, the economic scene appeared robust with retail sales significantly outperforming expectations. Retail figures showed a 0.5% increase, double the forecasted growth, signaling strong consumer confidence even as the Federal Reserve maintains high interest rates to manage inflation. These contrasting factors—geopolitical tensions on one side and strong domestic economic indicators on the other—have created a complex but potentially lucrative environment for silver trading.

Central Bank Influence and Market Outlook

In a notable move, central banks, particularly those in emerging markets, added 50 tonnes of gold to their reserves last week. This strategy of diversifying away from the U.S. dollar typically supports not only gold but also silver by association, ensuring a steady demand that helps stabilize prices. This consistent institutional demand amidst global uncertainties and solid U.S. economic performance provides a supportive backdrop for silver’s market outlook.

Short-Term Market Forecast

Looking ahead, the market sentiment towards silver remains bullish for the upcoming week. Key to this outlook is the U.S. PCE inflation report due soon; a reading above expectations could see a spike in silver prices as the metal’s appeal as a safe haven grows. However, if signals emerge that the Federal Reserve may delay interest rate cuts—potentially maintaining high rates longer than previously expected—this could dampen the bullish sentiment.

Traders are advised to closely monitor geopolitical developments, particularly in the Middle East, and any significant shifts in U.S. economic policy. These elements are crucial as they will likely dictate silver’s price trends and guide strategic investment decisions in a market that highly values both its economic stability and crisis hedge roles.

This article was originally posted on FX Empire

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