Gold ends higher for the session and week, with the Fed seen as 'less aggressive' on interest-rate hikes


Gold and silver prices continued to climb on Monday after cementing their best weekly performance since March.

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What analysts are saying

Strategists warned that the latest rally — the biggest for gold and silver since March — has been driven by the perception that the Federal Reserve is planning to slow the pace of rate hikes. Rupert Rowling, a precious metals strategist with Kinesis Money, warned that it could reverse if investors abandon the view that the Fed is already slowing the pace of rate hikes in response to a slowing U.S. economy.

“A large portion of markets’ recent bounce, which gold has also been a beneficiary of, has been predicated on future Fed rate hikes being smaller with fewer of them required. If this proves a false dawn then a fresh slide of both equities, particularly growth stocks, and gold can be expected,” Rowling wrote in an emailed note viewed by MarketWatch.


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