The continuing weakness and collapse of the U.S. dollar is driving gold prices as much as anything else, as in terms of the U.S. dollar, gold broke an all time record again, reaching $1,500 a troy ounce, as investors ignore the plunging jewelry demand from India and other nations and look toward safety and an inflation hedge.
To get a grasp of how weak the U.S dollar is, in other currencies gold is far from breaking records, as in being measured by the yen it's 15 percent below their all time record in gold, and the Australian dollar is even stronger, being 30 percent away from their all-time high for gold prices as measured by their currency. Even against sterling gold is 6 percent away from record past highs.
Again, gold is being moved by the increasing lack of faith in the U.S. dollar, along with complete uncertainty on the condition of the economy, as mixed signals and postive thinking reports from the government continue to hide the real condition of the global and U.S. economy, which is probably much worse than being reported.
The response to the U.S. dollar shows investors believe this completely.