Gold moved higher overnight, continuing its impressive start to the year that has seen the yellow metal rise 9%, whilst silver, which is currently trading above USD $18oz, has put on closer to 15%.
The move has been impressive given the complete absence of volatility and in risk assets, though given gold was oversold at the start of 2017, some kind of rally was to be expected.
Portfolio diversification and a desire to hedge rising inflation are part of the growing demand, with declining real yields also supporting the metal.
For local investors, gains in precious metals continue to be limited by the strength in the AUD, though we expect that to peter out soon given most forecasters see iron ore falling back toward USD $60.
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