Gold Prices Forecast: Poised for Further Gains After Fed’s Dovish Pivot

James Hyerczyk
Updated: Dec 17, 2023, 04:39 GMT+00:00

Gold's surge, driven by Fed's easing hints. lower Treasury yields and a weaker dollar, hinges on future monetary policy and economic health.

Gold Prices Forecast

In this article:


  • Fed’s dovish stance lifts gold to 10-day high.
  • Dollar’s sell-off, Treasury yields impact gold prices.
  • Future Fed moves crucial for gold’s trajectory.

Federal Reserve Influence on Gold Prices

Last week, Gold (XAU/USD) exhibited significant volatility, influenced largely by the Federal Reserve’s statements and actions. Prices settled higher, touching a 10-day peak as the Fed signaled a potential end to its tightening cycle, which impacted both the U.S. dollar and Treasury yields. Gold reached a weekly high of $2047.95 and closed at $2019.54.

Weekly Gold (XAU/USD)

Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s comments indicated a shift towards a more dovish stance, suggesting that the prolonged tightening of monetary policy may be nearing its end. This outlook was echoed by a majority of Fed policymakers, pointing towards lower borrowing costs in the future. However, contrasting remarks from New York Fed President John Williams about not actively considering rate cuts introduced uncertainty. The Fed’s balanced approach towards its dual mandate of stable prices and maximum employment, along with Powell’s hint at a potential “soft landing,” played a pivotal role in shaping market expectations.

Impact of Treasury Yields

The Treasury market reacted strongly to the Fed’s messages, with significant movements in yields. The 10-year Treasury yield experienced its worst week since March, indicating a market interpretation favoring easing monetary policy. This shift was evident as the yield on the 10-year note dropped substantially, affecting key borrowing costs like mortgage rates. The fluctuating yields reflect the market’s attempt to price in the Fed’s policy intentions, highlighting the bond market’s sensitivity to central bank signals.

US Dollar Weakens

The dollar’s sell-off last week also had a notable impact on gold prices. The Dollar Index faced a weekly drop, influenced by the Fed’s dovish pivot and the market’s expectations of future rate cuts. Williams’ remarks, however, tempered these expectations, underscoring the Fed’s data-dependent approach. This movement in the dollar, influenced by Powell’s comments and market rebalancing, was crucial in making gold more attractive to overseas buyers.

Weekly Outlook for Gold Prices

Looking ahead, gold prices are expected to closely track the Fed’s policy moves and the broader economic indicators. If the U.S. economy shows signs of slowing in early 2024, it could bolster gold’s appeal, potentially driving prices towards new highs. Market expectations, as indicated by the CME FedWatch tool, currently suggest a high probability of a rate cut by March. The Fed’s dovish stance, if sustained, could lead to an aggressive cycle of rate cuts, which would likely be a positive catalyst for gold prices.

In summary, gold’s performance in the coming weeks will hinge significantly on the Fed’s policy direction, Treasury yield movements, and the US dollar’s strength. The balancing act between monetary policy and economic indicators will be critical in shaping the market’s outlook for gold.

About the Author

James is a Florida-based technical analyst, market researcher, educator and trader with 35+ years of experience. He is an expert in the area of patterns, price and time analysis as it applies to futures, Forex, and stocks.

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