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Gold Surges to Record Highs Fueled by Central Bank Demand

Market jitters and central bank buying propel gold to new record

by Victor Adetimilehin

The price of gold surged to a record-breaking $2,350 per ounce on Monday, fueled by a combination of factors including central bank buying and investor jitters ahead of key US inflation data.

The precious metal has been on a tear in recent weeks, notching a series of all-time highs. This bullish run has left some analysts perplexed, as there hasn’t been a single clear trigger for the rally. However, a closer look reveals a confluence of factors driving gold prices higher.

Central Banks Become Major Players in the Gold Market

One of the key drivers behind gold’s surge appears to be strong demand from central banks. The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has been a major buyer of gold, adding to its reserves for a remarkable 17th consecutive month in March. This strategic accumulation by the PBOC suggests growing confidence in gold as a safe-haven asset during times of economic uncertainty.

“Gold bulls may have taken their latest cues from the PBOC,” said Han Tan, chief market analyst at Exinity Group. Analysts believe other central banks may be following suit, further tightening supply and pushing prices up.

Geopolitical Tensions and Lower Interest Rates Add Fuel to the Fire

Geopolitical tensions in the Middle East have also played a role in gold’s recent rise. The metal’s status as a safe-haven asset makes it attractive to investors seeking to hedge against geopolitical risks. When traditional markets become volatile, investors often turn to gold as a store of value, believing it will retain its purchasing power over time.

Looking ahead, the prospect of lower interest rates from the Federal Reserve is another factor that could support gold prices. The Fed has signaled its intention to cut rates later this year, which could weaken the US dollar. A weaker dollar typically makes gold more affordable for investors using other currencies, potentially leading to increased demand.

Investment bank UBS Group has boosted its year-end gold price forecast by 11% to $2,500 per ounce. The bank believes that a revival in demand for gold-backed exchange-traded funds (ETFs) will provide further upward momentum when the Fed cuts rates. These ETFs allow investors to gain exposure to gold prices without having to physically buy the metal.

A Bright Outlook for Gold

While the future trajectory of gold prices remains uncertain, the current market conditions suggest there could be more room for growth. Central bank buying, geopolitical tensions, and the prospect of lower interest rates are all factors that could continue to propel gold prices higher. With continued economic uncertainty on the horizon, gold’s safe-haven status could see it remain a valuable asset for investors seeking to diversify their portfolios.

Source: Mining.com

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