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Gold whipsaws over robust US economic data

15 Apr 2019 09:00

By Benjamin Lu

GOLD prices exhibited topsy-turvy trading conditions amid shifting market expectations on bullion appeal this week. Risk appetites diminished early week as the IMF slashed global growth forecasts downwards for the third consecutive time in six months.

The impact of trade protectionism and its disruptive effect on the global supply chain unnerved traders' amid heightened downside risks for 2019. Market sentiments shifted rapidly however over stronger-than-expected US economic releases. A rebound in the US dollar and US 10-year yield cumulated to a sharp retreat in gold prices as investors pivoted away from the non-interest bearing asset. Though strong risk appetites have capped bullish gains in Q2, mounting economic and geopolitical uncertainties will keep gold prices vigorous in the longer term.

What should investors look out for in the coming term?

The lagged effects of monetary policy tightening and weaker economic growth will soften risk appetites invariably in 2019. The rise of populism in global politics has raised market risks as investors grapple with Brexit uncertainties and US trade protectionist policies.

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Source: Business Times

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