Friday 06 October 2017

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GOLD, MINES AND NATURAL RESOURCES: The greenback picks up

In a nutshell - Having reached their highest point since August 2016 ($1,357.6/oz), gold prices slumped, falling below $1,300/oz and weighing on their 100-day average.

Janet Yellen’s more hawkish speech at the last FOMC pushed up to 70% the likelihood the Fed will raise key rates in December. It also prompted a steep hike in the US dollar and real interest rates. The news clearly influenced gold prices too.

Less risk-averse in the face of geopolitical dangers, investors have also been neglecting safe-haven assets like the yen and gold. 

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Arnaud du Plessis

Senior Portfolio Manager

Global Thematic Equities, Natural Resources / Gold & Precious Metals

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