Gold Falls Before FOMC As Taper Set to Continue

Gold futures fell, snapping the longest rally since February, on speculation that the Federal Reserve will further curb U.S. monetary stimulus, damping demand for the precious metal as an alternative investment.

The Federal Open Market Committee, which starts a two-day meeting today, reduced the monthly pace of bond purchases by $10 billion in each of the past four meetings. U.S. and Iranian officials met in Vienna as President Barack Obama weighs options against the insurgency by Sunni militants in Iraq.

Through yesterday, gold fell 8.1 percent in the past 12 months as equities surged and the Fed reduced stimulus. The central bank will probably raise its benchmark interest rate faster than money-market investors expect, according to a majority of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News.

“It seems that the Fed will stay on course with tapering, and worries about higher rates are increasing,” Frank McGhee, the head dealer at Integrated Brokerage Services LLC in Chicago, said in a telephone interview. “The safe-haven premium because of Iraq is also coming off.”

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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