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Gold (XAU) Daily Forecast: Hits $2,450 Amid Safe Haven Appeal; Rate Cuts Loom

By:
Arslan Ali
Published: May 20, 2024, 07:02 GMT+00:00

Key Points:

  • Gold hit a record high near $2,450 in Asian session on Monday.
  • Renewed interest rate cut hopes and Middle East tensions drive demand for gold.
  • Fed officials' speeches later today may offer insights into future monetary policy.
Gold (XAU) Daily Forecast: Hits $2,450 Amid Safe Haven Appeal; Rate Cuts Loom

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Market Overview

Gold (XAU/USD) surged on Monday, hitting a record high near $2,450 during the Asian session. The rise is attributed to renewed expectations of interest rate cuts by the US Federal Reserve (Fed) and escalating geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine has further increased demand for safe-haven assets following significant attacks over the weekend.

Impact of Fed Speeches on Gold Price

Gold traders will turn their attention to speeches from Fed officials Bostic, Barr, Waller, Jefferson, and Mester later on Monday. These speeches may offer clues on future monetary policy. A cautious or hawkish stance from these officials could limit gold’s gains.

Currently, financial markets estimate a 10% chance of a rate cut in June and nearly 80% in September, according to the CME FedWatch tool.

Geopolitical Risks and Safe-Haven Demand

Geopolitical instability continues to support gold prices. Iranian state television reported no signs of life at the crash site of a helicopter carrying President Ebrahim Raisi, heightening tensions in the Middle East. This incident, along with the renewed conflict between Russia and Ukraine, has increased the demand for gold as a safe-haven asset.

Central Bank Actions and Gold Purchases

In April, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) added 60,000 troy ounces of gold to its reserves, marking the 18th consecutive month of gold purchases. This demonstrates sustained central bank interest in gold as a stable asset. Richmond Fed President Thomas Barkin noted that while inflation is decreasing, reaching the Fed’s 2% target will take more time.

Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester stated that the current monetary policy is appropriate as they continue to evaluate economic data. Fed Governor Michelle Bowman mentioned that although the policy is restrictive, she is open to rate hikes if inflation does not improve.

Gold Prices Forecast

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About the Author

Arslan, a webinar speaker and derivatives analyst, has an MBA in Finance and MPhil in Behavioral Finance. He guides financial analysis, trading, and cryptocurrency forecasting. Expert in trading psychology and sentiment.

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