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Gold Prices Hit 3-Week Low as UK GDP Makes Rate Rise a 'Done Deal', GOP Back Taylor Rule at US Fed

GOLD PRICES fell to the lowest in 3 weeks against all major currencies in London on Wednesday, falling as world stock markets rose after Wall Street set fresh all-time highs despite growing expectations of tighter central-bank policy in the US, UK and Eurozone.
 
UK government Gilt yields jumped to their highest since February followed stronger-than-expected GDP growth for Q3, while US 10-year Treasury yields rose to fresh 7-month highs of 2.45% after news reports said Republican lawmakers advised President Trump to pick "hawkish" economist John Taylor as the next chair of the Federal Reserve.
 
"Nothing less than the big 'taper' plan for next year is expected from Mario Draghi" at tomorrow's European Central Bank press conference, says CNBC.
 
Eurozone stock markets edged higher on Wednesday but London's FTSE100 slipped and the UK-focused FTSE250 held flat after new GDP figures said economic growth held at 1.5% per year in the third quarter of 2017.
 
The last major data release before next week's Bank of England interest-rate decision, that just beat analyst forecasts but still put GDP growth at the slowest in almost 5 years, with the construction sector technically in "recession" by shrinking for the second quarter in a row.
 
Sterling jumped almost 1.5 cents against the Dollar to a 1-week high above $1.32.
 
That sank the UK gold price in Pounds per ounce by £10 to £960, the lowest level since early October.
 
Chart of the wholesale gold bullion 'spot' price in British Pounds. Source: BullionVault
Despite fears of an underlying slowdown as Brexit talks wear on, "The GDP data suggest the UK could stomach a rate rise," says one London fund manager.
 
With UK inflation already at 5-year highs, today's data " probably sealed the deal" on a rate rise next month from the current record-low 0.25% adds an economist.
 
Reporting Tuesday's GOP "vote" on the next Fed chair meantime, "Trump only asked about [current Fed governor Jerome] Powell and Taylor," says one report, "and most senators simply smiled instead of raise a hand for either candidate."
 
Prior to current chair Janet Yellen's term ending in February, December's US rate rise to a ceiling of 1.50% is now virtually certain according to betting on CME futures contracts.
 
From there to September 2018, the odds of "no change" have fallen over the last month from stronger than 1-in-3 towards just 1-in-5.
 
"Speculation about higher interest rates in the US is weighing on the gold price," says the latest Commodities Daily from German financial services group Commerzbank.
 
"If [Trump] does indeed choose Taylor, gold is likely to fall sharply."
 
First proposed in a 1993 paper, the Stanford academic's so-called Taylor Rule "calls for interest rates significantly higher than they are now," says a story on Bloomberg.
 
"But [Taylor's] support of tax cuts [by the Trump admininstration] may make him reluctant to hike rates."

Adrian Ash is director of research at BullionVault, the world-leading physical gold, silver and platinum market for private investors online. Formerly head of editorial at London's top publisher of private-investment advice, he was City correspondent for The Daily Reckoning from 2003 to 2008, and he has now been researching and writing daily analysis of precious metals and the wider financial markets for over 20 years. A frequent guest on BBC radio and television, Adrian is regularly quoted by the Financial Times, MarketWatch and many other respected news outlets, and his views from inside the bullion market have been sought by the Economist magazine, CNBC, Bloomberg, Germany's Handelsblatt and FAZ, plus Italy's Il Sole 24 Ore.

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