Gold has been low since the previous week with no significant breakthrough. It has had various oppositions from other assets. The yellow metal contends with higher US Treasury yields, especially in the interest-rate sensitive short-end, that continue to reduce the precious metal’s appeal.
The present situation is not novel because the US Treasury yields have been rallying for months, but lower prices are probable with little to no bullish impulses for gold.
The US Treasury 2-year traded with a yield of 4.25% on Thursday, yet another multi-year high. There is an expectation for Bond yields to climb further in the months ahead due to the Fed’s interest-rate mantra of higher, faster, and longer, although the speed and size of any more moves will probably be restricted.
The markets expect Fed Funds to push around 4.50%-4.75% in the first half of the 2023 fiscal year, allowing little time for short-dated yields to push higher.