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Gold Prices on the Rise in India and Globally

04 April 20243 mins read by Angel One
Gold prices across the world are shooting up like never seen before, this phenomenon has turned investor's eyes away from equity to access the investment opportunity.
Gold Prices on the Rise in India and Globally
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Gold prices and equity market returns usually show an inverse relationship. When equities perform well, gold prices tend to remain subdued. However, the current scenario is unique: both the stock market and gold prices are simultaneously reaching record highs. Notably, the price of gold is surging not only in India but also globally. In the United States, gold prices have recently surpassed an all-time high of $2,250. 

Factors Leading Gold Rally

1. US Dollar Index Weakness

There’s an inverse relationship between the price of gold in India and the US Dollar Index (DXY) and the Dollar Index has experienced a decline, even touching 102.5 levels in March. The US dollar weakened and the gold prices rose, this happened because a stronger dollar makes gold more expensive for holders of other currencies, leading to reduced demand and lower prices.

2. U.S. Federal Reserve Rate Hikes

The U.S. Federal Reserve’s decision to raise interest rates to combat inflation has influenced currency markets and investor sentiment. While higher interest rates typically make alternative investments like gold less attractive, concerns about inflation and economic uncertainty have outweighed this effect. Investors view gold as a reliable store of value during inflationary times, driving up demand and prices. 

The recent decision to extend the high-interest rate environment has also pushed the gold prices to highs.

3. Demand and Russia Conflict

There’s an overall increase in demand for gold partly due to geopolitical tensions, inflationary pressures, and economic uncertainty on the collective. The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine has contributed to geopolitical tensions and global uncertainty. In an environment like these, Investors seek safe-haven assets like gold to hedge against the potential impacts of instability on financial markets, leading to increased demand and upward pressure on gold prices.

Conclusion: Gold prices are rising due to a combination of global economic factors, while central banks continue to bolster their gold reserves as a strategic move. The relationship between geopolitical events, inflation, and investor behaviour continues to shape the glittering trajectory of gold in the financial landscape. 

Disclaimer: This blog has been written exclusively for educational purposes. The securities mentioned are only examples and not recommendations. It is based on several secondary sources on the internet and is subject to changes. Please consult an expert before making related decisions.

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