Gold prices rose to the highest in 16 months on speculation the US Federal
Reserve would cut benchmark interest rates to head off a possible recession, even
as a dollar fall fuelled demand for gold.
gold gained $2.27 at $720.17 an ounce in London, the highest since May 2006.
Fed will announce its rate decision at 2:15 pm in Washington, along with an accompanying
statement on the outlook for inflation and growth.
has risen 7.2 per cent in London this month as a crisis in the US subprime mortgage
market weakend the economy, pushing the dollar down 1.7 per cent to a record low
versus the Euro.
Bank of England on Monday said it would offer $8.77 billion to shore up confidence
in UK banks and mortgagers amid spreading turmoil in global credit markets.
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