The Fed’s stance

Much of the fluctuations in precious metals in the few months leading up to Donald Trump’s US presidential victory were dependent on the route that the US Treasury rates would take. 

The possibility of an imminent interest rate rise negatively impacts precious metals, as they’re non-yield-bearing assets. The higher the rate offered on Treasuries, the higher the chance of a fall in gold’s haven appeal.

The Federal Reserve’s meeting stance will be a major determinant of the direction gold and other precious metals could take. Speculation has mounted that Fed chair Janet Yellen could resign before the end of her term in January 2018. Trump accused the US central bank of keeping rates low to favor incumbent President Barack Obama. He also indicated that he could replace Yellen as chair of Federal Reserve.

Source: Market Realist

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