Gold and silver sank to their lowest since 2010 on Friday as the dollar surged against the yen and other major currencies after the Bank of Japan shocked global financial markets by expanding its massive stimulus spending.
Spot gold broke below $1,180 an ounce, a level bullion had held twice during its last two major sell-offs in June and December last year. It also briefly held the mark earlier this month until Friday's drop.
The yen plunged to a near seven-year low against the U.S. dollar on Friday, putting it on track for its worst day in 18 months, after the Bank of Japan shocked financial markets with an aggressive easing of its monetary policy.
"The main reason for gold's fall is the strength in the dollar after the BOJ's desperate efforts to weaken the yen," said Jeffrey Sica, president and chief investment officer at Sica Wealth Management, which oversees $1 billion in client assets.