Gold rose, setting a record for the fourth time this week, as a weakening dollar boosted demand for the precious metal as an alternative asset and an inflation hedge. Silver climbed above $40 an ounce to a 31-year high.
Gold rose to $1,476.20 an ounce in New York, the highest ever, after the dollar slid to the lowest level since December 2009 against a basket of six major currencies. Crude oil touched a 30-month high, and the European Central Bank yesterday raised borrowing costs from a record low to fight accelerating prices.
“The Federal Reserve isn’t anywhere near an inflation fight as the ECB,” said Frank Lesh, a trader at FuturePath Trading LLC in Chicago. “Gold’s move is about the weakness in the dollar. Inflation is the buzzword, and it’s the impetus behind the trade.”
Gold futures for June delivery rose $13.60, or 0.9 percent, to $1,472.90 at 11:44 a.m. on the Comex in New York. Gold for immediate delivery in London climbed as much as 1.2 percent to a record $1,474.90.
Silver futures for May delivery advanced 89.8 cents, or 2.3 percent, to $40.45. Earlier, the price touched $40.48, the highest since January 1980, the year futures reached a record $50.35.
The difference between yields on U.S. 10-year notes and Treasury Inflation Protected Securities, a gauge of trader expectations for inflation, widened to as much as 2.62 percentage points, the most in 33 months. The ThomsonReuters/Jefferies CRB Index of 19 commodities rose to the highest since September 2008, led by gains in cotton.
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