Gold starts a new trading week edging slightly higher to underline that the haven asset remains in demand despite the aggressive monetary policies adopted globally by central banks.
A slight weakening in the US dollar has given gold more breathing space and enabled the precious metal to climb further away from the $1,700 an ounce threshold.
The fact that equities and the Euro are also gaining suggests that today’s moves are largely corrective ones after a punishing recent period for both stock markets and the single currency – with gold a willing beneficiary of this slight reappraisal.
While today’s upward tick will be applauded by gold investors, it remains hard for gold to make considerable gains in the current environment – with momentum gaining for the European Central Bank to follow the Federal Reserve’s lead and implement a further series of large interest rate hikes over the coming months.
Added to that is the positive news coming out of Ukraine with the Russian forces losing large amounts of territory in a surprising reversal of fortunes.
The war has been one of the supportive factors for gold and while an end to the conflict would be celebrated around the world, gold would likely see its price dip as demand for the ultimate safe haven that has endured through centuries of wars. However, that point still remains some distance in the future.
Rupert is a Market Analyst for Kinesis Money, responsible for updating the community with insights and analysis on the gold and silver markets. He brings with him a breadth of experience in writing about energy and commodities having worked as an oil markets reporter and then precious metals reporter during the seven years he worked at Bloomberg News.
As well as market analysis, Rupert writes longer-form thought leadership pieces on topics ranging from carbon markets, the growth of renewable energy and the challenges of avoiding greenwash while investing sustainably.
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