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Fri Jun 18, 2021, 02:27 PM

Gold price down 4% as investors panic, dollar rallies after feds nod inflation risks

Gold dropped sharply and the dollar rose Thursday after the Federal Reserve signaled it may raise interest rates sooner than expected. Gold futures declined 4.5%, the largest drop in over 10 months. That took gold down to $1,777.80 a troy ounce, its lowest since early May. The WSJ Dollar Index, which tracks the currency against a basket of others, advanced 0.3%. That added to its 0.8% gain on Wednesday, which was its biggest one-day gain since March 2020. Against the euro, the dollar rose another 0.5% Thursday, putting at about $1.19 per euro.

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell Wednesday said the higher inflation recorded this year should be temporary, but the risks that it would persist couldn’t be ignored. Some members of the rate-setting committee brought forward their expectations of when rates might have to rise. Higher interest rates in the U.S. make investing in American bonds more attractive to foreigners, and can increase demand for the dollar from overseas. Treasury yields rallied their most in three months after the Fed’s disclosures Wednesday, helping bolster appetite for the dollar. Those higher yields also make gold less attractive as an investment because it produces no income.

“Contrary to popular belief that high inflation leads to high gold prices, gold would only benefit massively if inflation goes above 4%,” said Bernard Dahdah, senior commodities analyst at Natixis. “It is no longer the Covid story that is influencing gold, it is the recovery story, and the main concern is the Fed raising rates.”

Many investors have viewed the dollar as likely to continue weakening for much of the past year due to expectations that a broad, global recovery will take hold and boost markets in many countries.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/gold-price-drops-dollar-rallies-after-fed-nods-at-inflation-risks-11623936699

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Fri Jun 18, 2021, 02:29 PM

1. Thanks a lot, Rudy.

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Fri Jun 18, 2021, 03:08 PM

2. Thats in addition to a $48 [near 4%] drop Wed. the day before.

[Something going on there, the drop unconfirmed by a silver drop, beyond general economic news].

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Fri Jun 18, 2021, 03:11 PM

3. . . . and a 4.3% drop at 3:09p today. DJ down 438

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Fri Jun 18, 2021, 03:38 PM

4. Sooner Than Expected?

But that's late 2023 instead of early 2024. Hardly panic inducing.

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Fri Jun 18, 2021, 04:25 PM

5. To keep things in perspective

They're arguing here about keeping the rates at historic lows, or moving them higher to historically low values. The market is reacting like we're heading toward 1970s rates in the fall. It's sort of reactionary silliness.

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