Spot Gold Price
The price of gold is constantly changing, which is why investors ensure that they check the price of this precious metal religiously. And despite these price fluctuations, gold is still one of the most popular investments in the market.
Gold is considered one of the top safe haven investments. This is an investment that retains or increases its value during periods of market volatility. Gold as a physical commodity can’t be printed like fiat currencies, and its value is not impacted by prevailing government interest rates the way traditional stock markets are. And because of its relative stability (in comparison to the equities markets), it is used as a kind of insurance against market volatility.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquartered in Washington, DC, is the organization that manages the statistics of national assets of countries around the globe. These national assets also include how much gold each country holds and tracks the price of gold across the globe.
The price of gold is typically reported in ounces (but can also be reported in grams and kilos) using US dollars as an anchor, and is tracked using a 24-hour spot gold price chart. The spot gold price refers to the current price at which gold can be bought or sold at any given point in time (as opposed to the precious commodity being sold in the future).
The spot gold price is determined by multiple forces, but the main impact comes from simple supply and demand. If more people want to buy gold (this usually happens when the markets are down and there is political and economic instability), the price of the precious metal goes up. And if sellers dominate the market, then the price of gold goes down.
Other factors that influence the spot price of gold include the closest gold futures contracts that have the highest volumes, jewelry demand, market volatility, governmental monetary policy, equity markets, etc.