26 Aug '11, 4pm

Interest in gold ETFs up

SINGAPORE: The value of gold has fluctuated more than most investments in recent weeks, and where it goes next depends very much on what the chairman of the US Federal Reserve says in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on Friday. Whether it is up or down, the volatility has already boosted interest in gold exchange traded funds (ETFs). The "will-he or won't-he" debate is weighing on investors' minds as much as it is weighing on the price of gold. The precious metal was down 7 percent since surging - in-line with volatility in the equity markets - to historic highs above US$1,900 an ounce three days ago. If Mr Bernanke holds off on extra stimulus for the US economy this weekend, gold may have further to slide. Ong Yi Ling, an analyst at Phillip Futures, said: "I think there is a chance that the (Fed) chairman may take a wait and see approach ... Further stimulus is dependent on the eco...

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