Gold Rises as US Shutdown Approaches

Gold advanced to the highest level in more than a week, heading for the first quarterly increase in a year, as concern that the U.S. government may be shut down because of a budget impasse boosted haven demand.
Bullion for immediate delivery advanced as much as 1.3 percent to $1,354.35 an ounce, the highest price since Sept. 20, and was at $1,340.80 at 3:06 p.m. in Singapore. Prices are 8.6 higher in the three months ending today, the first quarterly increase since the period to September 2012.
Congress has just today to end the stalemate that raises the risk of the first government shutdown in 17 years. The House of Representatives voted yesterday to stop many of the central provisions of the Affordable Care Act for a year, tying it to an extension of government funding. Should the Senate reject the bill today the government could be shut down from tomorrow.

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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