Commodities and Cryptos: Oil slumps on cartel chaos, Gold shines, Visa Crypto demand impresses


Cartel chaos is finally sending oil prices lower.  The UAE has clearly shown their cards that they want to raise production and market share amid strong demand.  The UAE will likely find some middle ground with Saudi Arabia, the experiment that is OPEC+ could be ending later this year.  The energy market has a handful of strong years left as the world makes the shift to renewable energy, so most OPEC+ members feel the urgency to capitalize this moment of robust demand and high prices.


The bond market rally has been gold’s best friend.  Bullion buying has been steady as gold futures rally for a fifth consecutive day and form a golden cross.  Gold is holding onto the $1,800 level after the Fed’s minutes signaled there is no strong agreement over tapering amongst policymakers.  The Minutes were slightly dovish and that should support keeping Treasury yields heavy which could continue to drive gold higher.

Gold prices could continue to see steady flows now that the economy is beyond peak growth and as Wall Street continues to look beyond current pricing pressures and shrug off inevitable likelihood wage growth will pick up shortly.  If inflation continues to look like it will be transitory and wage growth does surge over the next couple of months, the Treasury curve will continue to flatten and that should be very bullish for gold.


It might not mean a lot for Visa, but news that the credit card giant saw over $1 billion worth of cryptocurrency spent by consumers in the first half of the year is tremendous news in making progress towards mainstream payment acceptance.  Financial institutions will continue to embrace cryptocurrencies and that should be great news for the long-term bets on Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Bitcoin remains trapped in the $30,000 to $40,000 trading range and that is fine for many long-term investors.  The current price action should be considered to be healthy for Bitcoin as ESG concerns are getting addressed and as miners exit China.   If the Bitcoin Mining Council is accurate that the miner energy consumption mix was 56% sustainable energy in the second quarter, we could see parts of Wall Street start to scale back into cryptos in expectation substantial progress will be made by year end.

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Ed Moya

Ed Moya

Contributing Author at OANDA
With more than 20 years’ trading experience, Ed Moya was a Senior Market Analyst with OANDA for the Americas from November 2018 to November 2023. His particular expertise lies across a wide range of asset classes including FX, commodities, fixed income, stocks and cryptocurrencies. Over the course of his career, Ed has worked with some of the leading forex brokerages, research teams and news departments on Wall Street including Global Forex Trading, FX Solutions and Trading Advantage. Prior to OANDA he worked with, where he provided market analysis on economic data and corporate news. Based in New York, Ed is a regular guest on several major financial television networks including CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Yahoo! Finance Live, Fox Business, cheddar news, and CoinDesk TV. His views are trusted by the world’s most respected global newswires including Reuters, Bloomberg and the Associated Press, and he is regularly quoted in leading publications such as MSN, MarketWatch, Forbes, Seeking Alpha, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Ed holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.