Gold Hits 3-Week Low, Dollar and Stocks Gain

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Gold continued to fall on Monday, marking the precious metal’s fifth loss in six trading sessions. Stock popularity continues to improve, putting gold into the “risk-off” category. The precious metal also lost ground as investors await the Federal Reserve meeting that will be held over two days.

The Federal Reserve will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday, with investors waiting to dissect the minutes to try and predict future actions.

The dollar soared to an eight-week high against the yen, as investors bet on U.S. consumer price increases supporting an interest rate hike in December.

Gold for December delivery hit its lowest level since August 25, falling 1.1%, or $14.40, on the day. Tensions of the North Korean provocation continue to weigh on the market. Increased provocation could send investors back to precious metals.

“Gold could fall below $1,300 in the short term, but the question remains how people perceive the U.S. economy and the need for higher interest rates,” said Ole Hansen of Saxo Bank.

Support for gold is expected, as analysts suggest that there are not enough strong signals of the U.S. economy accelerating. Inflation remains the main concern among investors. The futures market has investors predicting that another interest rate hike will occur this year at below 50%.

The drop in gold does little to hurt gold IRA accounts, which have risen from $1,154 to start the year to over $1,300.

Gold hit its highest level in 13 months on September 8, when the metal rose to $1,357.54 an ounce. Hedge funds raised their net long positions for the precious metal on Friday, marking nine straight weeks of an increase.

President Donald Trump will speak to world leaders on Tuesday, with the focus being on North Korea. The President’s remarks may put North Korean tensions back at the focal point of investments.

In other precious metal news, silver fell to its lowest level since August 31 on Monday. Silver fell to $17.65 an ounce, down 1.3% on Monday. Platinum is also down, falling to $960.50, down 0.3%. Palladium prices rose to $931.72, up 0.9%.

December silver also dipped 3.1%, falling $0.545 to $17.156. Copper prices gained on the day, rising $0.02 to $2.969 per pound, up 0.7% on the day.

World stocks rose to an all-time high. U.S. Treasury yields also rose on the day.

High rate environments put pressure on hold. Central banks in several countries, including Canada and Europe, are discussing tightening policies, which is expected to have a lasting impact on gold.

With over 20 years’ experience in the heart of the investment industry, Ben Myers has become one of the most respected commentators in the financial world. Having worked for global institutions such as HSBC and Bank of Ireland, Ben ran his own successful investment company in the UK before becoming chief analyst at ECMarkets and now YesOption.  Ben remains a keen forex and binary options trader and is a regular featured analyst for a number of online news portals including bbc.com, investing.com, fxempire.com and was responsible  for YesOption winning the Best Technical Analysis Award 2014 from DailyForex.com.