Gold begins to move upwards, but 1-year low still lingering

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Gold has been struggling to maintain the values that it reached during the spring of 2022 over recent months, and by the middle of July it had reached a 1-year low.

Whereas the prices in May had reached $1,980 per ounce, Gold had dropped to $1,700 by July 14.

Today, however, a slight upturn in the value of Gold has begun to make itself evident, and this morning during the Asian trading session, Gold had risen to $1,720 per ounce.

Admittedly, this is still a low value compared to any time during the past twelve months, but the factors which are now beginning to influence the value of gold away from its two-month long decline to the low value reached at the end of last week.

This morning, Gold rose to $1,717 per ounce, which some are attributing to a weakness in the US Dollar. Ordinarily commodities and stores of value such as Gold would not be so influenced by the currency market, but the US Dollar's value is intrinsic to the value of Gold because Gold is valued in US Dollars and bought and settled in US Dollars.

Another US Dollar-related factor which could be contributing to the slight rise in the value of Gold is that the US Federal Reserve Bank intervened to cool down market expectations of a 1.0% rate hike on Friday, which in turn helped the Gold Price to defend the yearly low that it reached on Thursday.

Talk of interest rate increases in the United States are enough to blunt enthusiasm, especially when considering that there have already been a few this year, and that The Index of Consumer Expectations declined to its lowest level since May 1980 at 47.3. These very low figures were released alongside a 0.20% contraction by the US Industrial Production for June to favor Gold buyers or traders of the US Dollar against Gold.

There are talks of a 1% interest rate rise at the next Federal Reserve meeting, and that is a clear indicator that inflation is still a major concern for policymakers in the United States, just as it is in Europe.

The difference is that commodity prices are affected by these economic decisions which involve the US Dollar.

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