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Gold strikes record as macro unease jolts markets

• Reuters

Gold rallied to its second record high in a week on Thursday, driven by growing investor unease over the outlook for the U.S. economy after data showed an unwelcome pickup in inflation, and over the lack of resolution to the European debt crisis.

Asset such as stocks, corporate bonds, industrial commodities and higher-yielding currencies slid after investors lost more appetite for risk, to the benefit of gold, government bonds and the dollar itself, which many resort to in times of extreme market nervousness.

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