The cost of an ounce of pure gold is on the brink of hitting its historical peak, reaching $2,071 per ounce, closely approaching the record set during the Covid-19 pandemic three years ago. Back on August 7, 2020, amid the uncertainties of the pandemic, spot gold prices surged to an unprecedented high of $2,072.50 per ounce.
Currently trading at $2,071.95 per ounce, gold is just a fraction below its all-time high, showcasing a 0.029% difference from the peak reached on August 7, 2020. The surge in gold prices is reflective of ongoing global economic uncertainties, drawing investors to this traditional safe-haven asset.
While the intensity of the Covid-19 crisis has diminished, concerns about global economic stability persist. China is currently grappling with a surge in mysterious respiratory diseases, and international tensions, such as conflicts between Russia and Ukraine and Israel and Hamas, contribute to the heightened uncertainty. These factors enhance the appeal of gold as a valuable asset.
Additionally, the Federal Reserve’s strategy of increasing interest rates to tackle inflation has led to higher interest rates and market volatility in the U.S., raising fears of a potential recession. Geopolitical unrest, global economic slowdowns, and a surge in demand for gold from central banks further contribute to the current surge in gold prices.
Notably, silver has not reached its historical peak and has experienced only a modest 0.65% rise in the last 24 hours. Analysts suggest that the rally in gold and silver is far from over, with gold expected to gain value at a greater pace than silver in the current economic conditions.