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Gold Climbs to Record as Dollar, Inflation Outlook Spur Demand

• Bloomberg
 

Bullion, which usually moves inversely to the dollar, is on course for a ninth annual gain after the dollar dropped 6.6 percent this year against a basket of six currencies. Gold reached $1,066.55 an ounce in London, while futures climbed to $1,067.70 in New York, surpassing the previous highs on Oct. 8.

“There’s lots of concern about the weakness in the U.S. dollar and it’s this that has been driving gold,” Peter Fertig, the owner of Quantitative Commodity Research Ltd. in Hainburg, Germany, said by phone. “The fear that central bank exit strategies will come too late to prevent inflation is giving support to gold.”

President Barack Obama has increased U.S. marketable debt to a record as he borrows to reignite growth in the world’s biggest economy. That’s boosted speculation increased money supply will debase the currency and spur inflation.

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U.S. consumer prices will expand 1 percent this quarter and 1.9 percent and 1.8 percent in the following two quarters respectively, according to the median estimate of 66 economists surveyed by Bloomberg.

Oil futures, used by some investors as an inflation guide, gained as much as 0.9 percent to $73.96 a barrel today in New York, after climbing 2.1 percent yesterday. The U.S. Dollar Index, which last week dropped to the lowest level in almost 14 months, was 0.2 percent lower today.

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