The price of gold punched through the $2,100 barrier this week to notch an all-time high as recessionary fears for 2024 ignite a flight to safe haven assets.
Analysts expect bullion to remain elevated over $2,000 next year as geopolitical tensions simmer while a potential Federal Reserve pivot could further boost gold.
However, despite gold’s landmark record, Bitcoin has vastly outperformed so far in 2023 – surging over 150% year-to-date versus gold’s 16% gain.
- Gold prices hit new record high of $2,110.80/oz, expected to remain above $2,000 in 2024
- Geopolitical uncertainty and anticipated weaker dollar seen boosting gold demand
- Analysts forecast potential Fed interest rate cuts in 2024 could further lift gold
- Bitcoin has surged over 150% year-to-date in 2023, significantly outpacing gold
- Debate continues whether bitcoin can surpass gold long-term amid generational wealth transfers
Spot gold prices peaked at $2,110 on Monday before retreating modestly back below $2,100. Still, analysts foresee strong tailwinds for gold in 2024 including dollar weakness, rising market volatility, and a possible Fed policy reversal from tightening to rate cuts that would slash bond yields making gold more attractive.
Central banks are also expected to accelerate gold purchases, with a recent industry survey showing 24% intend to increase reserves over the next year. The confluence of supportive macro drivers suggests gold will sustain lofty prices above $2,100 despite recent weakness.
Yet while gold reaches unprecedented heights thanks to its inflation-hedging properties, Bitcoin has left the precious metal far behind in terms of investment returns this year so far. The leading cryptocurrency has rocketed from under $17,000 on January 1st to over $41,000 this week, gaining over 140% within 12 months.
Some crypto advocates see digital gold eventually supplanting the physical version as a store of value, especially among younger generations. But others argue gold will maintain dominance during market turmoil and recessions whereas Bitcoin remains lightly tested through full economic cycles.
For now, both gold and Bitcoin seem to be riding high on the fumes of monetary stimulus while investors brace for potential economic headwinds. If dim forecasts materialize in 2024, gold may shine brighter as a crisis hedge. But thus far in 2023’s still-roaring bull market, Bitcoin has proven once again its unmatched growth potential outpacing all assets.