The increasing role of digital currencies such as Bitcoin has spurred a debate in the precious metals market both about their intrinsic worth, and whether their rising popularity will detract from traditional haven gold. For Mobius, their advent will actually boost bullion consumption.
“You have all these currencies, new currencies coming into play,” he said. “I call them ‘psycho currencies,’ because it’s a matter of faith whether you believe in Bitcoin or any of the other cyber-currencies. I think with the rise of that, there’s going to be a demand for real, hard assets, and that includes gold.”
Spot gold -- which hit $1,535.11 an ounce on Aug. 13, the highest since 2013 -- rose as much as 0.5% to $1,503.46 on Tuesday, and is up 17% this year. Mobius correctly predicted in early July that prices would top $1,500.
As signs of a global slowdown emerge, central banks have boosted accommodation. The Fed cut interest rates last month for the first time in more than a decade, while the authorities in China have delivered targeted support.
“I think we are going to see lower rates in China and elsewhere,” Mobius said.