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Meat restrictions and ‘un-Brexit’? One bank’s ‘outrageous’ 2023 forecasts

Meat restrictions, skyrocketing gold rates and Britain voting to ‘un–Brexit’ might be on the cards for 2023, according to Saxo’s Outrageous Predictions.

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Saxo Bank’s “outrageous predictions” for 2023 consist of a restriction on meat production, increasing gold rates and Britain voting to “un-Brexit.”

The Danish bank’s yearly report, released previously this month, anticipates international economies to move into “war economy” mode, “where sovereign economic gains and self-reliance trump globalisation.”

The projections, while not agent of the bank’s main views, took a look at how choices from policymakers next year might affect both the international economy and the political program.

Gold to strike $3,000

Among the bank’s “outrageous” requires next year, Saxo Head of Commodity Strategy Ole Hansen anticipated the cost of area gold might surpass $3,000 per ounce in 2023 – around 67% greater than its existing cost of about $1,797 per ounce.

The report puts its forecasted rise to 3 elements: “an increasing war economy mentality” that makes gold more attractive than foreign reserves, a huge financial investment in brand-new nationwide security concerns, and increasing international liquidity as policymakers attempt to prevent financial obligation ordeals in their particular economic crises.

“I would not be surprised to see commodity driven economies wanting to go to gold because of a lack of better alternatives,” Steen Jakobsen, primary financial investment officer at Saxo, informed CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” on Dec. 6.

“I think gold is going to fly,” he included.

While experts are anticipating a boost in the cost of gold in 2023, a rise of that magnitude is not likely, according to international products intelligence business CRU.

“Our price expectations are much more moderate,” Kirill Kirilenko, a senior expert at CRU, informed CNBC.

“A less hawkish Fed is likely to lead to a weaker USD, which could in turn give gold bulls more breathing space and energy to stage a rally next year, lifting prices closer to $1,900 per ounce,” he stated. 

Kirilenko highlighted, nevertheless, that it’s all based on relocations by the Federal Reserve. “Any hint of increasing ‘hawkishness’ from the US central bank would likely pressure gold prices lower,” he stated.

Britain will vote to un-Brexit

The “outrageous prediction” more than likely to happen next year, according to Saxo’s Jakobsen, is for there to be another referendum on Brexit.

“I actually think it’s one of the things that will have a high probability,” he informed CNBC.

Saxo Market Strategist Jessica Amir stated British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his Finance Minister Jeremy Hunt might take Conservative Party scores to “unheard-of lows” as their “brutal fiscal programme throws the UK into a crushing recession.” 

This, the bank anticipated, might trigger the English and Welsh public to reassess the Brexit vote, with more youthful citizens blazing a trail, and force Sunak to call a basic election.

Saxo forecasts there might be another Brexit referendum on the cards for Britain.

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Saxo’s Amir stated the opposition Labour celebration might then win the election and guarantee a referendum to reverse Brexit for Nov. 1, with the “re-join” vote winning.

“Business people are saying the only thing they’ve gained from Brexit is U.K-specific GDPR,” Saxo’s Jakobsen informed CNBC. “The rest is just increased red tape,” he stated.

Anand Menon, director of the think tank UK in an altering Europe, stated this forecast “just doesn’t compute.”

“I don’t think there will be another referendum and the idea that [Labour leader Keir] Starmer would adopt that position is for the birds,” he stated.

Starmer informed a service conference in September that his celebration would “make Brexit work.”

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Public belief towards Brexit has actually altered considering that the referendum, Menon stated, after the vote led to a slim bulk of 52% of citizens choosing to leave the EU back in 2016.

“It’s absolutely the case that public opinion seems to be turning,” he stated. 

Research performed by YouGov in November revealed 59% of the 6,174 individuals surveyed believed Brexit had actually gone “fairly badly” or “very badly” considering that completion of 2020, while just 2% stated it had actually gone “very well.”

Meat production to be prohibited

Meat is accountable for 57% of emissions from food production, according to research study released by Nature Food, and with nations throughout the world having actually made net-zero dedications, Saxo states it is possible a minimum of one nation might eliminate meat production completely.

One country “looking to front-run others” on its environment qualifications might choose to greatly tax meat from 2025 and might prohibit all locally produced live animal-sourced meat completely by 2030, Saxo Market Strategist Charu Chanana stated.

Meat is accountable for 57% of emissions from food production, according to research study released by Nature Food.

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“I wouldn’t be surprised to see schools in Denmark and Sweden banning meat altogether, it’s definitely going that way,” Saxo’s Jakobsen informed CNBC. “It sounds crazy for us old people,” he included.

The U.K., nations in the European Union, Japan and Canada are amongst the countries with lawfully binding net-zero promises.

The U.K’s Department for Environment Food and Rural Agriculture stated there were “no plans” to present a meat tax or restriction meat production when gotten in touch with by CNBC.

An eventful 2023?

Some of the other “outrageous predictions” for next year from Saxo consist of the resignation of French President Emmanuel Macron, Japan pegging the yen to the U.S. dollar at a rate of 200 and the development of an unified European Union military.

The forecasts need to all be taken with a pinch of salt, nevertheless. Saxo’s Jakobsen informed CNBC that there was a 5-10% possibility of each projection becoming a reality.

The bank has actually made a set of “outrageous predictions” each year for the last years and some have really come to life — or a minimum of come close.

In 2015, Saxo anticipated that the U.K. would vote to leave the European Union following a United Kingdom Independence Party landslide, it anticipated Germany would go into an economic downturn in 2019 – which the nation directly prevented – and it bet that bitcoin would experience a meteoric rally in 2017.

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