Can a continued reaction from the Fed be why gold is down today - a week after the FOMC meeting?
Both gold and silver tumbled to near three-year lows in overnight trading.
"Actually, I think we've got multiple factors at work here," Money Morning resources expert Peter Krauth told us when we asked him to explain the 4.13% ($52.80) fall in gold prices today.
"First, it's an ongoing reaction to the Fed," said Krauth. Last week Team Bernanke sent stocks and gold tumbling on the idea that the Fed's quantitative easing measures could taper by year end.
"Second, rising interest rates create a bit more opportunity cost for owning gold," continued Krauth. "Third, we're in summer now, a seasonally weak period for gold, and finally, there's ongoing apathy for gold as official inflation remains tame."
Official government-reported inflation is 1.7%.... Although you probably would argue otherwise if you've been grocery shopping recently. That's still below the Fed's 2% target.