The Personal Consumption Expenditure Deflator, a measure of inflation based on changes in personal consumption, rose 0.3% in October from the month before, below economists’ median forecast. It follows two other inflation gauges that indicated price pressures were easing, boosting bets on a slowdown in monetary tightening.
Rate hikes to curb inflation have weighed on non-interest bearing gold throughout the year by pushing up bond yields and the dollar. Bets on a slowdown and China’s Covid loosening saw bullion rise 8% in November as the greenback retreated the most since 2009.
Other data showed the jobs market gradually cooling, a welcome sign for the Fed as it tries to tame inflation. Wage gains driven by labor tightness have been a major driver of price increases.
The swift pace of Fed tightening was a major tailwind for the US Dollar. Now that the Fed is slowing the pace of hiking it reduces that tailwind and the Dollar is now trending lower. That’s a significant tailwind for gold.Click HERE to subscribe to Fuller Treacy Money Back to top