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2 Investments to Take Advantage of the New Gold Rush

With persistent inflation, the metals markets have experienced a veritable gold rush. Here are two ways to add exposure to the yellow metal.

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Despite persistent inflationary pressures for most of the last two years, gold had largely been relegated to an afterthought for most investors until only recently.

While a multitude of factors influence the yellow metal’s price, there has been a lack of consensus among analysts as to what’s driving its recent momentum. There is, however, little doubt that persistent inflation is a major factor.

Although traditional markers of inflation like food and fuel prices can swing rapidly, the most persistent inflationary pressures have come from goods and services that are the most difficult to tamp down. Namely, those of the Sticky Consumer Price Index, which includes the prices of housing, medical costs and automotive expenses.

The sticky CPI chart below shows that while U.S. sticky prices have pulled back from the highs of last year, they’re still at multi-decade highs and are still near a 42-year high.

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Moreover, the price of copper—an excellent barometer for inflationary pressure—is on the upswing again after a long period of quiescence, an indication that inflation may not be done rising.

Yet another important consideration in the inflation discussion is that this is one of those rare times that both gold prices and Treasury yields are rising synchronously. This is a rare occurrence and, in fact, normally happens only when inflation pressures are pronounced.

For instance, during the runaway inflationary trend in the mid-to-late 1970s, bond yields and gold both rallied in unison while ignoring the typical inverse relationship between the two. (Since gold offers no yield, rising Treasury yields usually act as a headwind for gold prices as investors prefer the former to the latter.)

That consumers are turning to gold can be seen in the fact that retail giant Costco is selling one-ounce, 24-karat gold bullion bars to its customers. Costco shoppers have been gobbling up those bars to the enormous sum of around $200 million per month!

That said, retail investor interest in gold isn’t the only place where demand for gold is coming from. It’s also coming from large institutions, including hedge funds, sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) and central banks. In fact, the World Gold Council expects record gold demand for 2024 with central banks accounting for an expected 500 tons in what some analysts are calling “break-neck speed” for central bank gold purchases (and nearly eclipsing a record last set in 1967).

With inflation likely to continue bolstering the future prospects for the shiny yellow metal, investors who want some exposure to gold without the burden that comes with physical storage might consider owning an interest in a gold-backed ETF or established mining stock. To that end, here are two considerations for the gold-minded.

2 Investments for the New Gold Rush

The Sprott Physical Gold and Silver Trust (CEF) is a closed-end trust that invests in fully allocated physical gold and silver bullion in bar form.

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In the words of the prospectus, it’s designed to “provide a secure, convenient and exchange-traded investment alternative for investors who want to hold physical gold and silver without the inconvenience that is typical of a direct investment in physical bullion.” The Sprott Gold/Silver Trust also provides liquid exposure to the bull markets in both metals and is one way to hedge against continued erosion of the dollar’s value.

Royal Gold (RGLD) is a streamer, which means it doesn’t engage in physically mining the metal but provides up-front payments to miners in exchange for the right to buy gold, silver, copper and other resources at a set price (or else receive a percentage of the metal), providing Royal with an advantage over traditional miners.

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Royal’s strategy of adding growth by purchasing high-quality assets and focusing on liquidity and capital returns to shareholders has paid off in recent years, helping the company increase cash flow and dividends (it recently increased the dividend for the 23rd consecutive year, current yield: 1.2%). Management expects margins to remain strong this year despite higher costs for most producers, while Wall Street sees earnings jumping 20%-ish both this year and next.

Clif Droke is a Senior Analyst at Cabot Wealth Network. For over 20 years, he has worked as a writer, analyst and editor of several market-oriented advisory services and has written several books on technical trading in the stock market, including “Channel Buster: How to Trade the Most Profitable Chart Pattern” and “The Stock Market Cycles.”