Gold Rises But Not Drastically Changed by SNB Decision

Gold traded near its highest level in four months on Friday, and despite a slight dip on the day, the precious metal was close to logging its best week of trade in ten months.

Spot gold closed 2.57 percent higher on Thursday, reaching $1,261 an ounce – a level not seen since early September – after the Swiss National Bank (SNB) rocked markets by scrapping its currency peg against the euro.

In contrast, gold lost 13 percent against the Swiss franc during Thursday’s session, as the currency surged higher.

But commodity analysts were not necessarily excited, with Joni Teves, precious metals analyst at UBS, telling CNBC Friday that it was too early to tell whether the central bank’s move was a “game changer” for gold.

Teves said the market volatility the move caused was a positive for gold—which is often viewed as “safe-haven” asset—as was the SNB’s cutting of interest rates into deeper negative territory.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

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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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