Gold Hits Record Highs on Federal Reserve's Rate Cut Hints

Finance |Author: Diana Kavardzhikova | March 21, 2024, Thursday // 16:04|  views


The price of gold has shattered through a historic barrier, reaching an unprecedented level of $2,200 per troy ounce, following confirmation by the Federal Reserve of three anticipated interest rate reductions this year.

The gold soared to $2,220.89 per troy ounce during early trading in Asian markets on March 21, marking a substantial 1.6 percent increase. Since mid-February, gold has been on a steady ascent, fueled by escalating geopolitical tensions and substantial purchases by central banks, notably led by China. Nevertheless, the rapid spike in its value has left many analysts astonished, as the catalyst for such a dramatic movement remains elusive, despite longstanding global market factors.

The surge in gold prices can be attributed, in part, to expectations of a more stringent monetary policy in the United States. This anticipation was solidified following the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's regular meeting of monetary strategists on March 20. Chairman Jerome Powell reiterated the institution's stance, emphasizing the need for further evidence of decreasing prices. However, Powell's acknowledgment that "many people still believe that such confirmation will appear and there will be interest rate cuts" has been interpreted by traders as a signal to re-enter the gold market.

Meanwhile, on the geopolitical front, the allure of gold as a haven asset continues to strengthen amidst mounting risks. From Russia's ongoing dominance in the conflict with Ukraine to the escalating violence between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, and the looming specter of the U.S. presidential election, global uncertainty is driving investors towards the perceived stability of precious metals.

China's persistent gold acquisitions are further contributing to the metal's soaring prices. Beyond central bank purchases, ordinary citizens are also flocking to acquire gold coins, bars, and jewelry, seeking to safeguard their wealth against real estate and stock market volatility.

Against this backdrop, and buoyed by the Federal Reserve's assurance of a gradual relaxation of monetary discipline, industry experts are eyeing a potential further surge in gold prices, with a technical target of $2,300 per troy ounce deemed entirely feasible.

As of the early hours of March 21, gold for immediate delivery was trading at a robust $2,204.25 per troy ounce, signaling continued bullish sentiment in the market.

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