GOLD PRICE EXTENDS LOWER, US DOLLAR REBOUNDS AFTER JULY 2020 FOMC MINUTES
- XAU/USD price action spikes lower following the latest FOMC minutes release
- Gold under pressure possibly owing to little appetite for yield curve control
- Large-scale asset purchases officially part of the conventional monetary policy toolkit
Gold prices are sliding fast as traders react to July 2020 FOMC minutes that just crossed the wires. Fed officials discussed the potential use of yield curve control as a tool for conducting monetary policy, but details showed little appetite for this possible approach.
GOLD PRICE CHART: 1-HOUR TIME FRAME (26 JUL TO 19 AUG 2020)
The FOMC minutes noted that while yield curve caps, or targets, could be used as an effective tool, it was also stated that potential requirement for “very sizable amounts of government debt under certain circumstances could pose risks to the independence to the central bank.” Gold prices reacted negatively to the news seeing that yield curve control likely would have served as a bullish fundamental driver due to a fixed lid on Treasury rates.
That said, the FOMC minutes also noted how large-scale asset purchases “were effective in the wake of the previous recession” and thus becomes part of the monetary policy toolkit, but looking ahead, language hints at a preference of forward-guidance. This brings the upcoming Jackson Hole Symposium front and center as a potential platform for the Federal Reserve to outline the path forward as the economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.