Crisis in Ukraine could ‘explode’ gold: RBC expert

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine could have a massively bullish impact on gold prices, according to one of Wall Street's foremost gold experts.

"One of the largest suppliers of gold, and of course platinum, is Russia," said George Gero, precious metals strategist at RBC Capital Markets. "And if they're going to be involved in sanctions, and more problems with Ukraine, and deliveries are curtailed—and there is already a problem in South Africa between the miners of platinum, palladium and the mining companies—all of that could somehow explode on the upside and curtail deliveries, meaning higher prices."

According to the British Geological Survey, Russia is the fourth-largest producer of gold, outputting 7 percent of the world's total supply.

Getty Images

And in fact, on Thursday morning, as Russian President Vladimir Putin issued what sounded like a warning to the Ukrainian government, gold surged much higher in minutes. If Russia becomes more involved in Ukraine, more sanctions from the U.S. and other countries could be on the table.

Read MoreGold ends higher on Ukraine worries, options buying

On Thursday's episode of "Futures Now," Gero then went on to explain another reason why gold could move higher in the days ahead.

"You have option expiration tonight on the Comex, and options, when in-the-money, become futures contracts," Gero said. "And we have more puts than calls that could be in-the-money if the price goes lower from here. And that means there will be large short positions to be covered, or very large margin calls."

—By CNBC's Alex Rosenberg.

Watch "Futures Now" Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. ET exclusively on FuturesNow.CNBC.com!

Contact Futures Now

  • Showtimes

    Watch Futures Now Tuesdays & Thursdays 1p ET exclusively on cnbc.com!

Sponsor Links

  • CME Group brings buyers and sellers together through its CME Globex electronic trading platform and trading facilities in New York and Chicago.

  • Take your trading to the next level with a platform that lets you trade stocks, options, futures and forex all in one place with no platform or data with no trade minimums. Open an account with TD Ameritrade and get up to $600 cash.