XAUUSD

XAUUSD
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The XAUUSD pair allows you to trade spot gold prices against the US Dollar. Gold helps diversify your portfolio, while being a precious metal that retains value much better than other financial assets. The US Dollar is the world’s reserve currency, and historically has shown an inverse relationship with gold prices.

Understanding the Quote

The XAU USD rate depicts the price of 1 troy ounce of gold (XAU) in US Dollars (USD). Due to its ability to retain value even during times of economic crisis and extreme volatility, XAU is known as a precious instrument. However, physical possession of gold bullions are expensive and unsafe, which is why investors focus on trading the spot price of gold against the greenback.

Special Relationship between XAU and USD

Since gold is priced in US Dollars, it has a special correlation with the greenback. As a rule, when the value of the USD rises against other currencies, gold price fall in USD terms. Conversely, as the value of USD depreciates, XAU tends to appreciate, since it becomes cheaper in terms of other currencies.

Historically, one of the key influences on gold prices has been the real interest rates of the US:

  • Low real interest rates lead to low or negative returns on investments in cash and bonds, which pushes investors to seek alternative sources of investment. This drives gold higher.
  • High real interest rates lead to robust returns from traditional investments, which reduce the appeal of gold. This drives gold price down.

The US Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, which takes place once every few weeks, gives an idea about the state of the US economy. If the FOMC takes a stance that implies that interest rates could rise in future, the USD tends to strengthen, while the gold prices might decline.

Economic Releases That Impact the XAUUSD Pair

For Gold:

  • US interest rates
  • US Dollar movement
  • Inflation data
  • Gold mining data
  • Breaking news

Check out the economic calendar to stay abreast of news and events.

For the US:

  • The Federal Reserve’s interest rate decisions
  • Employment data
  • Non-Farm Payroll (NFP) data
  • CPI (inflation)
  • Producer Price Index (PPI)
  • Institute for Supply Management (ISM) data
  • GDP growth rate
  • Retail sales

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