Hedge funds betting on gold

Hedge funds betting on gold. Hedge funds are the most bullish on gold in more than two years, betting the metal's allure will strengthen as slowing economies in Europe and Asia threaten US expansion. Speculators increased their net-long position by 80 per cent this year, US government data shows. The US economy expanded at a slower-than-forecast pace in the fourth quarter and Federal Reserve officials acknowledged global risks at the end of their policy meeting last week. Gold prices in January capped the biggest monthly gain in three years. Policymakers in Europe and Asia are adding to stimulus as they battle cooling growth, boosting the appeal of alternatives to currencies that are being revalued. Weaker foreign expansion has increased speculation among investors that the Fed will wait longer before raising US interest rates. (paywall) (VIEW LINK)

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