- Eyes on Fed’s next policy meeting this week
- Some predict negative interest rates
(Hong Kong) AFP: Gold hit a record high yesterday as investors rushed into the safe-haven on concerns about China-US tensions, a spike in virus infections around the world and a lack of progress on a new stimulus bill in Washington.
After months of healthy rallies across equity markets— fuelled by trillions of dollars in government and central bank support— traders are beginning to step back as they weigh the long-term economic impact of the coronavirus.
With vast monetary easing measures put in place by the Federal Reserve, pushing the dollar lower against most other currencies, gold is flying, hitting an all-time high of US $ 1,944.71, well above its previous record of US $ 1,921.18 seen in 2011. It later pulled back slightly.
Eyes are on the Fed’s next policy meeting this week, with some predicting further measures to boost the economy—possibly negative interest rates— that could put more pressure on the dollar and send bullion above US $ 2,000.
There are also concerns that a worse-than-forecast reading on the second-quarter US gross domestic product could spark another dollar sell-off.
While the weak dollar has been a key catalyst for the metal’s advance, gold has also been boosted by its attractiveness as a haven in times of turmoil with China-US relations souring by the day.
“Strong gains are inevitable as we enter a period much like the post-global financial crisis environment, where gold prices soared to record levels as a result of copious amounts of Fed money being pumped into the financial system,” said MineLife Senior Resource
Analyst Gavin Wendt.
The greenback was down against most other currencies, with the euro at its highest since September 2018, while higher-yielding units such as the South Korean won and Indonesian rupiah were also up.