The appreciating rupee has opened up an opportunity for gold buyers in the country, as the increase in global prices of the metal is cushioned by almost six percentage points, said Somasundaram P R, managing director of World Gold Council’s (WGC) Indian operations.
The global gold prices have increased around 12 per cent in dollar terms since the January but rupee has appreciated almost 6 per cent during the period. Therefore, gold price in the Indian market has not risen sharply or the rise has been capped because cheaper rupee has made import cheaper.
“That is a great attraction for people to buy gold,” Somasundaram said.
However, with predictions by some economists that the rupee is going to further appreciate, people may get gold cheaper if international price remains at current levels.
|“This is a fantastic opportunity, which is like Indian gold is available at a discount of six per cent. But may be the discount will further go up if Rupee appreciates. People are definitely keen and the first quarter has been good,” he added. He was addressing media while discussing council’s report ‘India’s gold market: evolution and innovation’.
The non-resident Indians has identified the opportunity and their gold purchase in India has seen a growth. The gold price is $1,285 per ounce on Wednesday while in Mumbai standard gold closed at Rs 29,350 per 10 gm.