Last week’s sell-off in world bonds steadied following central banks from Asia to Europe contributed reassurance that policy support persists in place.
That’s served to moderately quiet markets and draw Treasury yields back from their highest level in a year. Bets on accelerating inflation raise concerns that there could be a pullback in monetary policy support despite assurances from the Federal Reserve that higher yields reflect economic optimism for a substantial recovery.
Gold is increasing on expectations that Treasury yields have risen, for the time being, stated Avtar Sandu, a senior manager for commodities at Phillip Futures Pte. Deep corrections of prices because of short-term fluctuations are seen as buying possibilities.
Bullion’s had a shaky start to the year as the higher Treasury yields pulled on demand for the non-interest-bearing metal. The roll-out of vaccinations worldwide encouraged optimism regarding recovery from the epidemic.
A declining gold price points that the main concerns are higher rates
Over the weekend, the United States House of Representatives declared President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package and the bill now go to the Senate.
Spot gold climbed 1.2% to $1,754.81 an ounce by 6:53 a.m. in London, after falling 2.1% to the weakest close after mid-June on Friday. That caused the decline in February to 6.2%, the most after November 2016. Silver, platinum, and palladium all escalated. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index dropped 0.3%.
Bond markets proceed to indicate the end of the interest rate cut cycle, stated Michael McCarthy, the chief market strategist at CMC Markets. If the inflationary weights followed by clearly lower bond prices are apparent by mid-year, central banks will have limited choice but to rewind their current support. A declining gold price points that the main concerns are higher rates, over-riding any safe-haven appeal to the yellow metal.
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