Gold Rises As an Appealing Hedge for Slow Global Growth

Gold rose near the highest price in almost four weeks in New York as concern that economic growth is slowing spurred demand for a haven.

Gold advanced this month and the dollar and global equities weakened as Federal Reserve officials indicated a worldwide economic slowdown may delay U.S. interest-rate increases. Crude oil traded in New York fell for the fifth time in six days. Some investors judge that lower oil prices can curb inflation, reducing the appeal of gold as hedge.

Bullion erased this year’s gains earlier this month as signs of an improving U.S. economy added to the case for higher borrowing costs. Rising interest rates reduce gold’s allure because the metal generally only offers investors returns through price gains, while a stronger dollar typically cuts demand for a store of value.

“With uncertainty about the timing of the Fed’s rate hike now starting to show, we feel that equities and the dollar would continue on the defensive, which would then underpin gold,” Abhishek Chinchalkar, an analyst at Mumbai-based AnandRathi Commodities Ltd., said in a report today. “Gains could be capped around $1,250 an ounce if crude continues under pressure.”

Gold for December delivery added 0.5 percent to $1,236.10 an ounce by 7:36 a.m. on the Comex in New York. It reached $1,238 yesterday, the highest since Sept. 17. Gold for immediate delivery was little changed at $1,235.81 in London, according to Bloomberg generic pricing.

via Bloomberg

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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