Gold Futures Chart and Indexes
Gold trading chart
03 Feb 2023 23:59
Closing price, the previous day.
The highest price over the last trading day.
The lowest price over the last trading day
Price range high in the last 52 weeks
Price range low in the last 52 weeks
Advantages of gold trading
Gold has always been in high demand in the financial market. Analysts outline the following reasons why gold may bring profits:
– Gold is a highly liquid trading instrument
The gold market operates 24/7 every day and investors can exchange the asset for fiat currencies at any time. It is much easier and faster to sell gold than shares or bonds. This fact offers ample opportunities for speculative traders.
– Gold has low volatility
Gold stands as the most stable trading instrument. Its price rarely hikes or plummets as it usually happens to cryptocurrencies. That is why investors use gold to diversify their portfolios and reduce excessive volatility to avoid considerable losses.
– Gold is the best safe-haven asset
The precious metal tops the list of the best protective trading instruments. During turbulent times in the global economy and unstable geopolitical environment, risky assets and stock indices decline but gold prices tend to rise.
History of gold prices
In 1944, the Bretton Woods Agreement adopted the gold standard under which gold was the basis for the US dollar. Signed by 44 countries, the agreement fixed the price of gold.
Gold had been trading at $35 an ounce until former US President Richard Nixon unpegged the US dollar from gold in the early 1970s. From that moment, the precious metal entered a new era of pricing.
Between 1971 and 1980, gold showed the largest gains in its history. During that time, the value of the asset jumped by 24 times to $850.
Gold demonstrated another impressive rally after September 11, 2001. The 9/11 attacks greatly undermined confidence in the US dollar around the world but gold became more appealing. Over the next 10 years, its price rose to $1,920.
In 2020, the precious metal reached its peak in popularity. Mass asset purchases amid the pandemic pushed gold to an all-time high. The record price was $2,067.
Record gold rally in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in August 2020
How to invest in gold and trade it
You can do it in several ways. Physical bullion is great for long-term investing. Futures and options are best for short- and medium-term trading.
Gold usually shows the most intensive trading during the US session because the price of the metal is highly correlated with the US dollar and depends on news from the US.
There are two fundamental strategies applicable to gold trading:
1) Trading on news
Gold prices are highly sensitive to news. If there is economic turmoil or escalation of conflicts in the world, gold increases in price. Therefore, investors should always keep a close eye on trouble spots on the map. Force majeure events such as wars, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and economic crises boost gold prices.
2) Correlation trading
It is important to keep track of the US dollar and major currency pairs to predict quotes of gold. When the DXY index rises, gold depreciates, and vice versa. As for the currency pairs that may affect gold prices, the AUD/USD and EUR/USD pairs are the ones to keep a close eye on. If they increase, gold usually follows suit.
EUR/USD has a positive correlation with gold
What affects gold prices
Since USD quotes strongly affect gold, investors should pay close attention to the following indices and reports:
– US consumer price index. Usually, the higher it is, the better. Investors use gold as a hedging tool against inflation.
– Fed's interest rate. Higher rates support the US dollar, meaning that when the rate rises, gold falls in value.
– US GDP. The growth of the US economy supports USD, depreciating gold at the same time. However, gold turns the tables when a recession starts.
– Nonfarm Payrolls. When the index increases, gold depreciates. If otherwise, gold strengthens.
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