MARKETS Commodities

While the US Federal Reserve (Fed) will increase rates this year, inflation will remain stubbornly high, maintaining a low real rate environment. Gold prices could rise 8% in the first half of the year, aided by a weaker US Dollar (USD). However, USD strengthening in the second half of the year and subdued enthusiasm for the metal in the futures market could drive a sell-off, with gold ending the year at US$1230/oz, just 2.5% higher than today.

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MARKETS Commodities

After dropping for seven consecutive weeks following Donald Trump’s election, gold started staging a relief rally at the end of December as the dollar consolidated, bond yields took a breather and the equity markets ebbed and flowed. Add to that some bargain-hunting as well as support from traditional buying in China ahead of Lunar New Year.

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MARKETS Forex

The US Dollar has jumped sharply in recent months, reaching the highest level since late 2002. The US Dollar has moved ‘too far too fast’ and could unravel in coming months if the US Federal Reserve’s actions don’t live up to its rhetoric.

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