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The Message Behind Gold’s Rally: The World Economy Is in Trouble

  • U.S. five-year real yields are hovering near seven-year lows
  • Precious metal topped $1,900 an ounce first time since 2011
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Mark Mobius on Gold: 'Buy Now and Continue to Buy'

It’s easy to forget now but there was a time early on in the pandemic when the price of gold was in freefall.

It was a curious thing, what with the virus sparking a collapse in the global economy, and it would prove in time to be one of the great head-fakes in the recent history of financial markets. For the pandemic of 2020 would soon show itself to be the driving force behind one of the most ferocious rallies the gold market has ever seen. At the close of trading in New York on Friday, bullion had spiraled to $1,902.02 an ounce, some 30% higher than the low it hit in March and just 1% off a record high set back in 2011.