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Gold Soars to New Record on Rate Cut Hopes, Geopolitical Tensions

Geopolitical Jitters and Potential Fed Pivot Drive Gold Rally

by Victor Adetimilehin

Gold prices surged to a record high on Monday, surpassing $2,450 an ounce for the first time ever. The rally was fueled by a combination of factors, including growing optimism for a Federal Reserve interest rate cut later this year and rising geopolitical tensions in the Middle East.

Perfect Storm for Gold

The precious metal’s haven status came into sharp focus following the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash on Sunday. Raisi, considered a potential successor to the country’s supreme leader, died amid ongoing turmoil in the Middle East, including the recent Gaza war. This latest development adds to a climate of heightened geopolitical risk in the region, further boosting demand for gold.

Additionally, recent economic data suggests a potential slowdown in the U.S. economic recovery. This has fueled speculation that the Federal Reserve may cut interest rates as early as September. A rate cut would make gold, which doesn’t offer interest, a more attractive investment compared to yield-bearing assets like bonds.

“Traders have been increasing bets in recent sessions that the Fed may reduce borrowing costs,” explained Fawad Razaqzada, a market analyst at City Index. “A weaker dollar has also provided additional support for the precious metal.”

The gold price surge isn’t solely driven by potential monetary policy changes. Broader macroeconomic factors are also at play. China’s recent stimulus measures have bolstered demand for commodities, including gold. Additionally, there have been improvements in economic data coming out of the Eurozone and the UK, which is providing further support for the market.

Hedge funds are also contributing to the gold rally. Data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission shows that hedge funds trading Comex futures increased their bullish bets on gold to a three-week high in the week ending May 14th. This suggests that investors believe the gold price rally has room to run.

Gold’s Allure

This year, gold prices have already gained an impressive 17%. The metal’s strength can be attributed to several factors, including central bank purchases, particularly from Asian countries like China, ongoing geopolitical tensions, and robust demand from Asia. The recent rally has also spilled over into other precious metals, with silver reaching its highest price since December 2012.

The upcoming OPEC+ meeting on June 1st will be closely watched by the gold market. If the group decides to maintain production cuts, it could further tighten global oil supplies and push energy prices higher. This, in turn, could add to inflationary pressures, potentially prompting the Fed to delay a rate cut. A delay in a rate cut could dampen the gold rally.

However, the underlying factors that have been driving the gold price higher – geopolitical tensions and a potential economic slowdown – remain in play. These factors could continue to support gold prices in the near future.

Analysts Weigh In

Analysts are divided on the gold price outlook. Some believe that the rally has further to go, citing the factors mentioned above. Others believe that the recent surge may be a correction and that prices could pull back in the short term.

“The outlook for gold remains positive in the medium to long term,” said Nadia Siddiqui, a senior analyst at a precious metals consultancy. “However, there could be some volatility in the near term as investors adjust to the latest developments.”

Source: Mining.com


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