“The market worries more ahead of the event than after,” Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank A/S, said by e-mail. “Once the hike was out of the way, a more balanced picture emerged and that together with a reality check of the potential Trump impact did the rest.”
MK note: Gold continues to climb this morning though in somewhat subdued fashion probably a result of the holiday in the United States. Ole Hansen’s comments focus on the United States, but it seems that every area of the globe has its own unique concerns driving physical demand. China has a currency problem, massive debt and capital flight to contend with. In Europe, investors are worried about the rise of Marine LePen in France and her promise to take France out of the euro, possible debt default in Greece and teetering banks in Italy. In the United States, inflation expectations have begun to influence investment decisions across the boards. Altogether these singular, localized dimensions form an imposing whole.