The third quarter saw a decline in gold prices of 8.3%, bringing the year-to-date loss to -9.0%. However, Erste Group Research strategists predict that XAU/USD will stabilize around $1,700 in the upcoming quarter.
According to Erste Bank, the price of gold is supported by an uncertain economic climate. A factor affecting the performance of the gold price is the strong US dollar as well as the growing US Fed funds rate and yields. However, the medium-term demand for gold should be maintained by the slowdown in global economic growth and the decline in corporate earnings growth. High geopolitical risks continue to be a significant factor that helps performance.
Erste Bank stated, “We expect the price to increase to about $1,700 in the fourth quarter.”
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