Gold Price Outlook Remains Mired By Broader Recovery In US Yields

Gold Talking Points

The price of gold has been attempting to retrace the decline from the beginning of March as the US 10-Year Treasury yield has pulled back back from a fresh yearly high (1.62%). However, key market themes may keep the precious metal under pressure as the Federal Reserve appears to be in no rush to alter the path for monetary policy.

Fundamental Forecast for Gold: Bearish

The price of gold bounced back from a fresh weekly low ($1688) as the initial reaction to the 379 thousand rise in US Non-Farm Payrolls (NFP) continues to dissipate. Additionally, the recent weakness in longer-dated Treasury yields may lead to a larger rebound in the precious metal even as the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) maintains a dovish forward guidance.

Recent remarks from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell suggest the FOMC will retain the current course for monetary policy as the committee expects to “see inflation move up through base effects,” with the central bank head going onto say that the re-opening of the economy “could create some upward pressure on prices” while speaking at a virtual event hosted by the Wall Street Journal.

However, Chairman Powell argues that “the real question is how large those effects will be and whether they will be more sustained or more transitory,” with the comments largely aligning with the dovish rhetoric from Governor Lael Brainard, as the central bank head warns that “it’s not at all likely that we’d reach maximum employment this year.”

As a result, the Fed may continue to endorse a wait-and-see approach at its next interest rate decision on March 17 as Chairman Powell insists that the forward guidance is “outcome-based.” It seems as though the FOMC will rely on its current tools to achieve its policy targets, as the central bank head reiterates that the “current stance is appropriate.”

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