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Gold hits near two-week high on dollar weakness, dovish Fed

Gold bars are pictured on display at Korea Gold Exchange in Seoul

By Brijesh Patel

(Reuters) – Gold prices climbed to their highest level in nearly two weeks on Monday, as the dollar weakened and the U.S. Federal Reserve’s new policy framework suggested that interest rates would remain low for some time.

Spot gold was up 0.3% at $1,969.98 per ounce by 0304 GMT, after hitting its highest since Aug. 19 at $1,976 in early Asian trade. However, gold was down 0.2% so far this month.

U.S. gold futures rose 0.2% to $1,978.70.

“The greenback took a big spill on Friday as market participants digested what was coming out of the Jackson Hole Symposium, and the knock-on benefits to gold are still being felt,” said IG Markets analyst Kyle Rodda.

“With the USD’s trend still looking skewed to the downside, a continuation of that trend might be what it takes to drive another lift in the upside momentum for gold.”

The Fed’s new monetary policy strategy suggested that the U.S. central bank’s key overnight interest rate, already near zero, would stay there for potentially years to come as policymakers woo higher inflation.

Lower U.S. interest rates put pressure on the dollar and bond yields, increasing the appeal of non-yielding bullion.

The dollar index dropped close to a two-year low and was on track for its fourth consecutive monthly decline.

Gold has gained nearly 30% so far this year, notching an all-time high of $2,072.50 earlier this month, as investors seek to buy the metal as a hedge against possible inflation and currency debasement due to unprecedented money printing by central banks.

“Gold is expected to retest the old highs again. I don’t think anything has changed in terms of the underlined fundamentals,” said Edward Meir, an analyst at ED&F Man Capital Markets.

Elsewhere, silver jumped 1.6% to $27.94 per ounce and was heading for its fifth straight monthly gain, up nearly 15%.

Platinum rose 0.4% to $935.03 and palladium gained 0.7% to $2,221.16.

(Reporting by Brijesh Patel in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

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