Gold on the Ropes as Markets Hit All Time Highs
Precious metal prices have been in full retreat the past few weeks, with the price of gold declining toward USD $1300oz. This pullback has had a number of drivers including an easing of the ‘safe haven’ bid as markets fade the rhetoric to do with Korea, the USD catching a bid, and new all time highs in equity markets.
In the last 24 hours, the weakness was compounded by the US Federal Reserve, who, whilst leaving interest rates unchanged (as expected) signalled some confidence about the possibility of one more rate hike in 2017 and even more importantly, laid out its intentions in relation to its colossal $4.5 trillion balance sheet.
The severity of the pullback was not unexpected given the above factors, especially in light of the extended positioning from the more speculative end of the market (see chart), which have often portended a correction.
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