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Old 24-04-2023, 20:33
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Default Re: Daily Market Analysis by ForexMart

Pension funds and hedge funds opt for gold

Despite hopes for lower inflation, the world's pension funds are still not taking risks. They are increasing their interest in gold, expanding their positions. According to the latest risk management report by Ortec Finance, published on Thursday, the company's analysts stated that they are 90% confident in a decline in inflation. Worldwide, more than half of the managers of government pension funds with a total of over $3 trillion in assets under management assume that inflation will be 3.3% or even lower this year. This assumption is already much lower than last year's survey, which predicted inflation at around 6.4%. The survey also showed that only 10% of global asset managers believe inflation will exceed 6%.

A week after the U.S. Department of Labor published data on the Consumer Price Index, which grew less than expected over the last 12 months to 5%, the survey results appeared. However, despite the optimism of fund managers that inflation will continue to decline, they are still not taking risks, increasing their positions in gold and other commodities.

According to the study, about 70% of the surveyed fund managers said their plans include increasing their participation in commodities. Specifically, 40% decided to increase their investments in gold; 42% said they increased their bond holdings.

Analysts believe that hedge funds' interest in gold should continue to support the precious metal and push prices to historical highs. Nevertheless, analysts noted that their bullish positions in gold are currently low compared to last year.

According to the latest data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, asset managers have long positions in gold of 104,000 contracts, about 27% of the peak in 2022 when prices exceeded $2,000 an ounce. Also, holdings in gold-backed exchange-traded products show there are fewer investors compared to the previous period. In March, gold-backed ETFs received a net inflow for the first time in 10 months.

Now, the world's largest gold ETF, SPDR Gold Shares (NYSE: GLD), contains 926.57 tons of gold. This is less than in March 2022, when it contained 1,100 tons.
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