Gold prices have soared to unparalleled heights, breaching the $2,100 mark for the first time ever, as market participants increasingly anticipate a shift in the Federal Reserve's monetary policy towards interest rate reductions in the latter half of the year.

The April gold futures surged by 1.46% to close at a historic $2,126.30, outstripping previous records and marking a consecutive session of all-time highs. This momentum is echoed in the performance of the VanEck Gold Miners ETF (GDX), which notched up a 3.86% increase, trading above its 50-day moving average and signaling a robust bullish trend in the gold sector.

This remarkable rally in gold prices is underpinned by the recent inflation data from the Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) index, the Fed's favored inflation metric, which aligned with market forecasts. The anticipation of a dovish pivot by the Federal Reserve, with a 66% market consensus betting on a rate cut come June, as per the CME Fed Watch Tool, has further fueled the ascent of gold prices. Historically, gold thrives in a low-interest-rate environment, offering no yield and hence becoming more attractive as borrowing costs decline.

The precious metal's upward trajectory is bolstered by a confluence of factors, including tepid economic indicators such as U.S. manufacturing and construction spending data, alongside subdued price pressures. Market strategists, including Phillip Streible of Blue Line Futures and Jim Wyckoff of Kitco Metals, posit that gold could breach its record highs, especially if upcoming U.S. economic data, including the jobs report, underperform expectations, or if Fed Chair Jerome Powell adopts a more dovish tone in his forthcoming addresses.

Moreover, the geopolitical landscape, fraught with tensions, has dampened the appetite for short-selling, further solidifying gold's position as a safe-haven asset. This sentiment is reflected in London's gold price benchmark, which achieved a new zenith at $2,098.05 per troy ounce during an afternoon auction, according to the London Bullion Market Association, underscoring the global resonance of gold's rally.

The precious metals market at large has mirrored gold's gains, with platinum and palladium registering increases of 1.1% and 0.5%, respectively, while spot silver leaped by 2.8% to $23.79. These movements underscore a broader bullish sentiment across precious metals, propelled by the anticipation of a more accommodative monetary policy stance from the Federal Reserve and underscored by a complex tapestry of economic and geopolitical factors that continue to drive investor interest towards safe-haven assets like gold.