Gold is seen as insurance against economic uncertainties and financial fluctuations, making it a popular choice among investors.
However, another significant factor contributing to the appreciation of gold is the weakness in the dollar. Gold and the dollar often exhibit an inverse relationship, meaning that a decline in the dollar can lead to an increase in the value of gold. The weakness in the dollar enhances the international demand for gold against other currencies.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, in his speech at Spelman College in Atlanta, emphasized that policy steps would be taken in a balanced manner and highlighted the careful approach against the risks of inadequacy and excessive tightening. Powell’s statements led to an increase in the value of gold.
Gold prices have been under pressure for a long time due to interest rate concerns. However, with the Federal Reserve signaling a potential interest rate cut, gold continues to gain value. With the green light given to a possible interest rate cut in early 2024, gold reached its all-time highest level.