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Gold Prices Rise as U.S. Stimulus Nears

By Gina Lee - Gold prices continued to rise Wednesday morning in Asia, rising to the $1,700 mark. 


Gold Futures rose 0.66% to $1,671.75 by 9:35 PM ET (1:35 GMT) after a 6% jump during the previous session. Contributing to the yellow metal’s best day in over a decade was a U.S. Senate announcement that a deal for a massive stimulus package to tackle the COVID-19 economic downturn was close. 


However, those talks have been stretched into Wednesday. 


A U.S. Federal Reserve announcement on Monday of unprecedented measures such as purchasing unlimited amounts of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities also added wind to gold’s sails. 


Mark Mobius, founder of Mobius Capital Partners, told Bloomberg that he viewed the recent sell-off in gold alongside risk assets such as stocks and oil as a sign of pure panic, with investors selling everything as COVID-19 spread. 


“I think it’s a mistake. People should have gold and this may be a good time to increase holdings in gold - in fact I’m thinking that myself,” he added. 

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