Gold rose to a record above $1,880 an ounce in New York, poised for the longest run of weekly gains since April 2007, as escalating concern that the global economy is slowing drove equities lower.
The metal is set for a seventh weekly advance as worse- than-expected U.S. economic data and Europe’s debt crisis boost speculation that growth will falter. The MSCI All-Country World Index of equities fell as much as 1.7 percent, heading for the fourth straight weekly drop, after Morgan Stanley cut forecasts for global growth.
“Lack of confidence in the global economy is pushing people towards gold,” Tom Pawlicki, a Chicago-based analyst at MF Global Holdings Ltd., said in a telephone interview. “Gold will continue to advance unless leaders are able to resolve the European or U.S. debt crisis.”
Gold for December delivery gained $27.60, or 1.5 percent, to $1,849.60 on the Comex at 10:40 a.m. in New York, after touching $1,881.40, the highest ever. Before today, prices gained 4.6 percent this week and 12 percent since July 31.
In London, the metal is in the 11th year of a bull market for spot prices, the longest winning streak since at least 1920.
“Gold is the currency of the world at the moment, with the world convinced that the monetary and fiscal authorities are likely to do nothing right and everything wrong when it comes to resolving the world’s current fiscal problems,” Dennis Gartman, the economist who correctly forecast 2008’s commodities slump, said in his daily Gartman Letter today.
Investors want to protect their wealth from declining equities, depreciating currencies and accelerating consumer prices. Gold may climb next week amid concern about debt crises and slowing growth, a Bloomberg News survey showed.
Sweden’s financial regulator said lenders must do more to prepare for a worsening debt crisis in the region as the Wall Street Journal reported American regulators are intensifying scrutiny of the U.S. arms of Europe’s largest banks.
“Medium term, the disorder of the global monetary system and long-term inflation threat will amplify gold’s nature as a currency and an inflation hedge,” said Cai Hongyu, an analyst at China International Capital Corp., the country’s biggest investment bank.
Silver futures for December delivery advanced $1.014, or 2.5 percent, to $41.73 an ounce on the Comex. Earlier, prices surged to $42.435, highest since May 3.
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