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  • laloponce50 laloponce50 Sep 29, 2011 11:46 AM Flag

    Gold to Move Above $2,000: UBS

    Gold's recent sell-off belies its long term attractiveness and investors should avoid the panic and stay faithful to the precious metal, Dominic Schnider, Commodities expert at UBS Wealth Management told CNBC Thursday.



    "The structural problems still remain and Greece is really going to call for higher prices and higher demand.

    So we are looking at $2,000 and above in some of the months to come," Schnider said.

    He dismissed notions that the gold bubble was close to bursting but cautioned that investors should expect more falls in the short term.

    "In the short term you might see some further downside in the price but the demand side is still there," he said.

    Gold has lost much of its sheen in recent days as part of a wider metals sell off and the strength of the US dollar in the face of stock market volatility over wider macro-economic woes.

    An arrest in the rise of the metal saw a number of commentators claiming that the gold sell-off could see the price of the precious metal plummet to below the $1,500 level.

    Marc Faber, author of the Gloom Boom, and Doom Report, told CNBC earlier this week that he would not be surprised if a 40 percent price correction occurred, causing gold to bottom out at $1,100 to $1,200.

    Schnider added that gold would remain a safe haven because market volatility was so sharp but an increased desire by investors for liquidity could hamper its revival to the upside.



    "If there is a liquidity crunch then even gold is going to have difficulty holding off and then cash is king. Gold is being driven weaker because of investors' desire for more liquidity," Schnider said.

    Hampering another rally in gold prices is the strength of the dollar trade, but Schnider said demand for the dollar would be short term.

    "It's all about the fear trade and risk aversion is shooting up and gold should be supportive on the one hand but if you seek liquidity it's all about the U.S. dollar. The dollar strength is just short term because the structural story remains unpleasant," Schneider said.

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