Gold is up in early U.S. trading, buoyed by a softer dollar and appears poised to record its first weekly gain in the last four. This is a good initial indication that the pattern that has emerged in recent years, where gold bottoms late in the year and rallies into the new year, is set to repeat.
Fresh doubts about whether the reconciled tax bill has the votes to clear Congress is stoking political uncertainty. While the Fed now sees GDP rising to 2.5% in 2018, they see it tapering again to 2.0% by 2020. The long range forecast remains steady at 1.8%, raising doubts that the tax bill will “pay for itself.” as the backers claim.
The GOP is trying to get the legislation passed before the new Democrat Senator from Alabama can get seated, which would further narrow the already razor thin advantage Republicans holds in the upper chamber. If the tax measure fails to get to the President’s desk by year-end, stocks would likely reverse, which would push gold back toward $1300.