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Gold Takes a Breath After Record-Shattering Rally

Precious Metals

by Victor Adetimilehin

Gold prices dipped slightly on Thursday after exceeding a new all-time high earlier in the day. This comes as investors carefully consider recent remarks from the Federal Reserve regarding potential interest rate cuts in 2024.

Gold’s Gleaming Ascent Met by Momentary Pause

Spot gold dipped 0.4% to $2,289.25 per ounce by mid-morning Eastern Time on Thursday. This slight pullback follows an earlier surge that saw gold reach a record high of $2,304.09. However, despite this short-term retreat, the overall trend for gold remains bullish. The precious metal has been on a remarkable run in recent weeks, fueled by speculation that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates later this year.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s comments on Wednesday suggesting a more accommodative monetary policy further bolstered investor confidence in gold. The market currently predicts a near 60% chance of a rate cut by June, according to the CME FedWatch tool. This dovish shift from the Fed has encouraged investors to seek assets like gold, which are traditionally seen as safe havens during periods of economic uncertainty.

Geopolitical Tensions and Central Bank Buying Provide Additional Support

Heightened geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine have also contributed to the gold price surge. Investors often turn to gold during times of international conflict, as it is perceived as a stable store of value that can weather geopolitical storms. Additionally, central bank purchases of gold have provided further support for the price.

Joni Teves, a precious metals strategist at UBS Group AG, attributes the gold rally to its role as a portfolio diversifier and hedge against uncertainty. “The case for building strategic allocations in gold is strong,” Teves said in a note to Bloomberg, citing factors like ongoing geopolitical risks and the potential for increased volatility in the upcoming US presidential election. Gold’s lack of correlation to traditional asset classes like stocks and bonds makes it an attractive option for investors seeking to reduce overall portfolio risk.

Analysts Bullish on Gold’s Mid-Term Prospects

Analysts at Singapore’s OCBC bank believe the gold rally has room to run in the medium term. They point to historical data suggesting that gold prices typically rise when the Fed cuts interest rates. OCBC highlights the period following the 2008 financial crisis as an example, where gold prices soared after the Fed implemented a series of rate cuts.

However, some analysts remain cautious about the sustainability of the gold price surge. The fact that real US interest rates – which account for inflation – remain high, typically acts as a headwind for gold. When interest rates are high, investors can earn a greater return on less risky assets like government bonds, making gold less attractive. Kyle Rodda, a senior market analyst at Capital.Com, expressed concern about a potential correction, stating, “There doesn’t seem to be a clear fundamental reason for this move.” Rodda suggests that the current gold rally might be fueled by speculative buying rather than sound economic fundamentals. Even OCBC, despite its bullish outlook, warns investors of the possibility of a pullback in gold prices.

Looking Ahead: Will the Gold Rush Continue?

The coming months will be crucial in determining the future trajectory of gold prices. The Federal Reserve’s monetary policy decisions will be closely watched by investors. If the Fed follows through with its expected rate cuts, it could provide further support for gold prices. Additionally, the geopolitical landscape and overall economic climate will also play a role.

While there is some uncertainty surrounding the long-term outlook for gold, its recent performance suggests that it remains a valuable asset class for investors seeking a haven and portfolio diversification. The precious metal’s historical resilience during times of economic turmoil makes it a compelling option for those looking to hedge against potential risks in the coming months and years.

Source: Mining.com

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