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Bengaluru — Gold prices were flat on Tuesday as investors adopted a risk-averse stance amid caution ahead of US Federal Reserve’s policy meeting where the central bank is expected to provide cues on when it will begin tapering its asset purchases.

Bullion is considered as a hedge against inflation and currency debasement likely resulting from the widespread stimulus. A hawkish move by the Fed would diminish gold’s appeal, while an eventual interest rate hike would also raise the opportunity cost of holding the non-interest bearing asset.

Spot gold was steady at $1,763.60 an ounce at 1.23am GMT. US gold futures were flat at $1,764.40.

Prices had recovered on Monday from a one-month low on safe-haven demand as China’s Evergrande debt woes fuelled sharp sell-off in stocks worldwide.

Worries about the fallout from property developer Evergrande’s solvency issues spooked financial markets and lifted the dollar index, which hit a near one-month peak on Monday. A firmer dollar generally makes bullion more expensive for other currency holders.

The Fed is likely to provide an outlook on how soon and how often it thinks the economy will need interest rates rises over the next three years when it releases new forecasts at its policy meeting on Wednesday.

The volume of the European Central Bank’s bond purchases is becoming “less important” as the economic outlook improves and the money-printing scheme becomes a tool for guiding rate expectations, ECB board member Isabel Schnabel said on Monday.

Russia’s gold reserves stood at 73.8-million ounces at the start of September, the central bank said on Monday.

Silver edged up 0.1% to $22.26 an ounce, having hit a nine-month low of $22.01 in the previous session. Palladium climbed 0.6% to $1,896.30 after slumping to its lowest level since June 2020 on Monday. Platinum rose 0.5% to $915.05, having touched a 10-month low on Monday.

Reuters

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