Gold Price Forecast: Fed Rate Hike Sentiment And Stronger Dollar in Play
Arslan Butt • 2 min read
The US Dollar Index was high on Tuesday as it surged for a third consecutive session to reach 96.61. The 10-year Treasury Note yield in the United States reached its highest level since mid-October on Tuesday, at 1.68%.
Fed’s Hawkish Policy Sentiments Underpin Dollar
The US dollar was strong in the market, owing to renewed expectations that interest rates in the United States will rise next year following the re-nomination of US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. The Dollar Index reached a fresh 16-month high after this news, which raised confidence that the central bank will lift interest rates in 2022.
At first, it was considered that President Joe Biden would prefer Lael Brainard to be the next Fed chair, as she was considered to be more dovish than Powell in terms of monetary policy or stimulating the economy longer. Investors are now betting that newly re-nominated Fed Chairman Jerome Powell will need to accelerate the pace at which the central bank is normalizing monetary policy to better deal with rising consumer prices.
GOLD prices were falling as demand for it as an inflation hedge decreased day by day on bets that interest rate hikes would begin next year. However, the loss in gold prices was limited by the rising concerns related to the coronavirus spread after European countries started imposing fresh lockdowns to curb the increasing number of cases across the region.