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How Rising Gold Prices Affect Currencies

January 25, 2008 at 20:25 by Mario

It’s not hard to understand why we’ve experienced a run-up in gold prices lately. In the US, we’re dealing with the threat of inflation and a lot of geo-political tension. Historically, gold is a country-neutral alternative to the U.S. dollar. So given the inverse relationship between gold and the U.S. Dollar, currency traders can take advantage of volatility in gold prices in innovative ways.

For example, if gold breaks an important price level, one would expect gold to move higher in coming periods. With this in mind, forex traders would look to sell dollars and buy Euros, for example, as a proxy for higher gold prices. Moreover, higher gold prices frequently have a positive impact on the currencies of major gold producers. For example, Australia is the world’s third largest exporter of gold, and Canada is the world’s third largest producer of gold. Therefore, if you believe the price of gold will continue to rise you could establish long positions in Australian Dollar or the Canadian Dollar — or even position to be long those currencies against other major countries like the UK or Japan.

2 Responses to “How Rising Gold Prices Affect Currencies”

  1. Mario

    How does this impact the Forex?

    Canadian and Australian dollars will strengthen as they are gold producers. Take this into account.

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