Relatively speaking, gold is a safe asset which traditionally does well in times of political uncertainty, and remains a valuable potential investment. However, gold prices have largely struggled recently as the market has had to readjust its expectations of Federal Reserve policies and. According to a J.P. Morgan Research team, the Fed hiked its benchmark interest rate inevitably, including the anticipation for economic growth this year and next. Many could for see the central bank raising the fed funds rate to a range between 2% and 2.25%.
Gold can be sensitive to higher interest rates due to a rise in rates that tend to boost the dollars value, therefore, making gold more expensive for buyers with other currencies. However, higher rates also lift U.S. bond yields, discouraging the attraction of non-yielding gold. The dollar had a rough 2017, falling almost 10% against a myriad of major currencies. For this reason, many analysts have predicted a continued decline for the dollar.
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