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Safe-haven Demand Drives Gold to New Heights, Silver Follows Suit

Gold Hits Record $2,400, Silver Soars Amid Geopolitical Tensions

by Ikeoluwa Ogungbangbe

Gold has reached a significant milestone, surging to an all-time high of $2,400 per ounce, driven by escalating tensions in the Middle East and increased demand for safe-haven assets. Concurrently, its counterpart, silver, has also experienced a notable upswing, reaching its highest level in three years. The surge in precious metal prices reflects investors’ growing concerns over geopolitical risks and uncertainties in global markets.

During early trading hours, spot gold skyrocketed to a record-breaking $2,400.59 per ounce, signaling a 0.9% increase from its previous levels. By 8:45 a.m. EDT, it had slightly retreated to $2,395.44 per ounce. Similarly, three-month US gold futures surged by 1.7% to $2,413.30 per ounce in New York, indicating strong investor sentiment towards the precious metal.

The surge in gold prices can be attributed to mounting tensions between Israel and Iran. Reports suggest that Iran is preparing for potential retaliation against Israel following a recent strike on the country’s diplomatic compound in Syria. This geopolitical turmoil has prompted investors to seek refuge in safe-haven assets like gold, driving up its demand and prices. Bloomberg columnist Mohamed A. El-Erian has pointed out that investors perceive gold as a better hedge against geopolitical risks compared to government bonds. This sentiment has further bolstered demand for the precious metal amidst growing uncertainty in global markets.

Gold has been on an impressive rally in recent weeks, with prices surging by nearly 20% since mid-February. Central bank purchases and speculation about potential rate cuts by the Federal Reserve in 2024 have contributed to this upward trajectory. Despite conflicting signals from US inflation data, investors remain bullish on gold, anticipating further gains in the future. Swiss bank UBS has maintained an optimistic outlook on gold, forecasting a target price of $2,500 per ounce. This bullish prediction underscores the enduring appeal of gold as a reliable store of value and a hedge against economic uncertainty.

In addition to gold, its sister metal silver has also witnessed a significant uptick in prices. Silver traded at its highest level since February 2021, reaching $29.28 per ounce, reflecting the positive momentum in precious metal markets. The surge in silver prices further underscores the role of precious metals as safe-haven assets during periods of market volatility. Overall, the rally in gold and silver prices underscores investors’ concerns over geopolitical tensions and economic uncertainties. As global uncertainties persist, investors continue to turn to precious metals as a reliable hedge against market risks, driving up demand and prices to record levels.

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