Two hundred and fifty gram gold bars (Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg)

Hedge Funds Dumping Gold Bets at Fastest Rate Since 2008: Chart

(Bloomberg) -- Expectations for another boost in U.S. interest rates are wearing down gold bulls. Hedge funds and other large speculators cut long positions in bullion futures and options by the most in more than eight years last week. Traders have been exiting as Federal Reserve officials signal higher borrowing costs this year and political uncertainty in Europe eases, reducing demand for gold as a store of value.

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