A bad day on equities has also seen gold fall too with the precious metal failing to benefit from haven-seeking investors.
Concerns over a recession has triggered plunges in the price of oil and global equity markets yet while gold hasn’t suffered as steep a decline, the prospect of further tightening needed by central banks has dragged its price down too.
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Risk-off sentiment typically sees gold be one of the few beneficiaries but instead it has slipped below $1,830 an ounce. The latest figures from the UK confirmed that inflation continues to rise, with it now at a 40-year high, with Canadian data set to confirm that consumer prices are yet to peak there too.
Already central banks, notably the Bank of England and the Federal Reserve, have been forced into a series of interest rate hikes and with inflation far from being tamed, the pressure to continue acting keeps on mounting. In this environment, the non-yield bearing asset of physical gold becomes less attractive with interest-paying assets favoured instead.
However, the broader context of a market fearing a global recession is likely to cap how far gold will fall with the asset having endured through countless previous recessions and proven a reliable store of value over time.
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