Gold milestones on the road to record high
Gold milestones on the road to record high
Updated on Friday, May 6, 2011, 12:30 Print Email
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Gold struck a record high on Monday at USD 1,575.79 an ounce in thin holiday trade, hitting records for the fourth consecutive session, as concerns on rising inflation and the easy monetary policy in the United States continued to support sentiment.

Following are key dates in gold`s trading history since the early 1970s:

* August 1971: US President Richard Nixon takes the dollar off the gold standard, which had been in place with minor modifications since the Bretton Woods Agreement of 1944 fixed the conversion rate for one Troy ounce of gold at USD 35.

* August 1972: The United States devalues the dollar to USD 38 per ounce of gold.

* March 1973: Most major countries adopt floating exchange rate system.

* May 1973: US devalues dollar to USD 42.22 per ounce.

* January 1980: Gold hits record high at USD 850 per ounce. High inflation because of strong oil prices, Soviet intervention in Afghanistan and the impact of the Iranian revolution prompt investors to move into the metal.

* August 1999: Gold falls to a low at USD 251.70 on worries about central banks reducing reserves of gold bullion and mining companies selling gold in forward markets to protect against falling prices.

* October 1999 - Gold reaches a two-year high at USD 338 after agreement to limit gold sales by 15 European central banks. Market sentiment towards gold begins to turn more positive.

* February 2003: Gold reaches a 4-½ year high on safe-haven buying in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq.

* December 2003-January 2004: Gold breaks above USD 400, reaching levels last traded in 1988. Investors increasingly buy gold as risk insurance for portfolios.

* November 2005: Spot gold breaches USD 500 for the first time since December 1987, when spot hit USD 502.97.

* April 11, 2006: Gold prices surpass USD 600, the highest point since December 1980, with funds and investors pouring money into commodities on a weak dollar, firm oil prices and geopolitical worries.

* May 12, 2006: Gold prices peak at USD 730 an ounce with funds and investors pouring money into commodities on a weak dollar, firm oil prices and political tensions over Iran`s nuclear ambitions.

* June 14, 2006: Gold falls 26 percent to USD 543 from its 26-year peak after investors and speculators sell out of commodity positions.

* Nov. 7, 2007: Spot gold hits a 28-year high of USD 845.40 an ounce.

* Jan. 2, 2008: Spot gold breaks above USD 850.

* March 13, 2008: Benchmark gold contract trades over USD 1,000 for the first time in US futures market.

* March 17, 2008: Spot gold hits an all-time high of USD 1,030.80 an ounce. US gold futures touch record peak of USD 1,033.90.

* Sept 17, 2008: Spot gold rises by nearly USD 90 an ounce, a record one-day gain, as investors seek safety amid turmoil on the equity markets.

* Jan-March 2009: Gold-backed exchange-traded funds report record inflows in the first quarter as financial sector insecurity spurs safe-haven buying. Holdings of the largest, the SPDR Gold Trust , rise 45 percent to 1,127.44 tonnes.

* Feb 20, 2009: Gold rises back above USD 1,000 an ounce to a peak of USD 1,005.40 as investors buy bullion as a safe store of value as major economies face recession and equity markets tumble.

* April 24, 2009: China announces it has raised its gold reserves by three-quarters since 2003 and now holds 1,054 tonnes of the precious metal, boosting expectations it may add further to its reserves.

* Aug 7, 2009: European central banks opt to renew their earlier agreement to limit gold sales over a five-year period, setting the sales cap at 400 tonnes a year.

* Sept 8, 2009 - Gold breaks back through USD 1,000 an ounce for the first time since February 2009 on dollar weakness and concerns over the sustainability of the economic recovery.

* Dec 1, 2009: Gold climbs above USD 1,200 an ounce for the first time as the dollar drops.

* Dec. 3, 2009: Gold hits record high at USD 1,226.10 an ounce, with dollar weakness and expectations for central banks to diversify reserves into gold driving prices higher.

* May 11, 2010: Gold reaches fresh record high above USD 1,230 an ounce as fears over the contagion of debt issues in the euro zone fuel safe-haven buying.

* June 21, 2010: Gold jumps to a new high at USD 1,264.90 an ounce as underlying fears over financial market stability and sovereign risk combine with dollar weakness to push the metal through resistance at its previous high.

* Sept 14, 2010: Gold climbs back to record highs, this time at USD 1,274.75, as global markets reflect renewed uncertainty on the economic outlook.

* Sept 16-22, 2010: Gold hits record highs for five successive sessions, peaking at USD 1,296.10, as investors flock to bullion after the Fed signals it may consider further quantitative easing, weakening the dollar and raising fears over future inflation.

* Sept 27: Spot gold prices touch the USD 1,300 an ounce mark for the first time.

* Oct 7: Gold rallies to a record high above USD 1,360 an ounce as the dollar comes under pressure from building expectations for the US Federal Reserve to take extra measures to keep interest rates low and prop up the economy.

* Oct 13: Gold jumped to record highs near USD 1,375 an ounce as the dollar continued to languish, with the US unit coming under pressure after minutes from the Fed`s September meeting signalled the US economy may need further stimulus.

* Nov 8: Gold prices break through the USD 1,400 an ounce mark for the first time as haven buying prompted by renewed budget problems in Ireland more than offset a sharp dollar bounce.

* Dec 7: Gold reaches a fresh record high above USD 1,425 an ounce, driven by fund buying ahead of year-end, jitters over the euro zone debt crisis and speculation for further US monetary easing.

* January 2011: Gold prices fall more than 6 percent in their worst monthly performance in over a year as a revival in risk appetite diverts investment to higher-yielding assets.

* March 1: Gold recovers to hit a record high at USD 1,434.65 an ounce as unrest in Tunisia and Egypt spreads across the Middle East and North Africa, boosting oil prices.

* March 7: Gold extends record highs to USD 1,444.40 an ounce as oil prices hit their highest in 2-1/2 years after protests are quashed in Saudi Arabia and as violence in Libya rages.

* March 24: The resignation of Portuguese prime minister Jose Socrates pushes the euro zone debt crisis back to centre stage, lifting gold prices to a record above USD 1,447 an ounce.

* May 2: Gold climbs to an all-time high at USD 1,575.79 an ounce, striking a record in 11 out of the past 12 sessions, supported by the low interest rates in the United States and concerns on rising inflation globally, among other factors.

Bureau Report
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