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The turkey has finally been eaten, those last few chocolates left at the bottom of the tin are being polished off, and the Christmas season is drawing to a close. As the new year celebrations kick-off, many of us are reflecting on the year that has passed, as well as pondering the possibilities for the year ahead.

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Well, the big day is just over a week away, and most of us will be celebrating with the giving and receiving of gifts with loved ones. Whether you’re religious or not, most of us know the story of the very first Christmas, with many variations of the nativity scene on show in households all over the world. All will feature Jesus in the manger, and Mary and Joseph looking on adoringly, along with three visitors who came bearing gifts – frankincense, myrrh, and of course, gold.

Gold has been looking fairly positive over the last ten days or so, but will it continue on this path as we come to the end of the calendar year?

After rises throughout 2018, speculation is currently mounting that the Federal Reserve will pause interest rate hikes in the beginning of 2019. But what could this mean for the future of gold?

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