Silver Prices Forecast: Rate Cut Bets, Record Gold Prices Driving Momentum -

Silver Prices Surge Multi-Year High

Silver prices reached an eleven-year high on Monday, driven by economic data that has strengthened expectations for interest rate cuts by the U.S. Federal Reserve. Recent inflation data has contributed to this bullish outlook for silver, with traders focusing on the Fed’s upcoming policy meeting minutes for further guidance.

At 11:54 GMT, XAG/USD is trading $31.54, up $0.04 or +0.11%.

Inflation Data and Fed Rate Cut Expectations

Last week’s U.S. consumer price index (CPI) report revealed a smaller-than-expected increase in April, indicating a continuing downward trend in inflation. This data has bolstered expectations for a potential rate cut by the Fed in September. Lower interest rates reduce the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding assets like silver, making it more attractive to investors.

The recent price action suggests that traders are not significantly influenced by Treasury yields or the U.S. dollar at present. However, this may change after the release of the latest Fed monetary policy meeting minutes on Wednesday, which could provide further insights into the central bank’s stance on interest rates.

Broader Metals Complex Influence

Silver’s rise is also benefiting from a broader surge in the metals complex. The metal’s ascent to new heights is likely a spillover effect from this broader market movement, rather than a direct response to safe-haven demand, despite geopolitical tensions following the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

China’s recent “historic” measures to stabilize its crisis-hit property sector have also played a role in supporting industrial metals, including silver. As a key consumer of silver, China’s actions are critical in shaping the demand outlook for the metal.

Federal Reserve’s Mixed Signals

Despite some indications of easing inflation, Fed officials have maintained a cautious stance. Recent comments from Fed Chair Jerome Powell reflect a balanced view, acknowledging the mixed nature of recent inflation data while still expressing confidence in a downward inflation trend over the long term. The April CPI report, which showed a slight slowdown in both headline and core inflation, has ended a streak of upside surprises, but import prices rose significantly, indicating persistent inflationary pressures.

Market Forecast

In the short term, silver prices are expected to remain bullish, supported by ongoing expectations of Fed rate cuts and positive sentiment from the broader metals market. However, traders should closely monitor upcoming economic data and Fed communications, as these will be critical in shaping market movements. The release of the Fed’s meeting minutes on Wednesday could provide key insights, potentially influencing market sentiment and silver prices further.

Overall, the outlook for silver remains positive, with potential for further gains as investors anticipate a more accommodative monetary policy environment in the coming months.

This article was originally posted on FX Empire


The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.


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