Indian Gold Rates Fell By Rs. 370,
On Nov 18, Mirroring International Trend
Indian Gold prices have fallen by Rs. 370/10 grams today, on
November 18. Today in India, 22 carat gold rates are quoted
at Rs. 48,100/10 grams and 24 carat gold rates are quoted at
Rs. 49,100/10 grams. However, in major cies like Delhi and
Kolkata, gold rates have fallen by Rs. 200-450/10 grams today.
The Comex gold December futures fell by 0.33% and were quoted at $1864/oz, while the spot gold
prices fell by 0.25%, and were quoted at $1863.7/oz ll last traded. Yesterday Comex December
gold futures closed at $1870/oz, hence today the global gold rate trend is heading north. On the
other hand, the US dollar index in the spot market stood at 95.66, dropping by 0.16%. Mirroring the
same global gold rate trend, in India, the Mumbai MCX gold in October future also fell marginally,
ll last traded. Gold rates in different Indian cies are quoted differently, daily. Today's gold rates in
major Indian cies follow:
22 carat (INR/10 Grams)
24 carat (INR/10 Grams)
Today in major markets risk senments were mostly negave. Hence, the asset markets performed
marginally lower than yesterday. Speaking of gold, the rates in the internaonal markets and Indian
markets are heading north in this month, November. Mostly inflaon concerns are rising gold rates.
However, today gold rates in Indian markets have eased to some extent, in line with global trends.
Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans has stated that they are quite focussed on
inflaon rates and he is looking for inflaonary pressure to fall.
Fed's policy stance to push gold price down over the next few years, says
Despite worrying inflaon levels, gold is not likely to surge over the next few years as the U.S.
Federal Reserve begins to ghten its monetary policy stance, according to a report by Capital
"While our forecast that high inflaon in the U.S. will be more persistent than the markets expect
should ulmately mean that investors demand higher inflaon compensaon, we also believe that
a modest ghtening of the Fed's monetary policy stance will drag real Treasury yields a bit higher. That
should be enough to cause the gold price to fall over the next few years," said Capital Economics assistant
economist Kieran Tompkins.
Gold does have a history of performing very well during periods of high inflaon. But the key to gold's
success is how persistent the price pressures are over the long term.
"While gold has performed very well as an inflaon hedge in the last decade and a half, even
outperforming the rise in the U.S. CPI, it has been less reliable over shorter periods. That is because it
depends on whether short bouts of high and/or rising inflaon have any impact on long-term
expectaons for inflaon and interest rates," Tompkins said.
As economies have reopened across the globe, inflaon has started to surge. In the U.S., price
growth accelerated to a 31-year high in October, running at 6.2% on an annual basis.
"Rising inflaon is generally bad news for financial markets. In the case of equies, higher inflaon
might raise the value of earnings, but that effect is usually outweighed by investors discounng the
value of future earnings at a higher rate. Investors assume that higher inflaon will go hand in hand
with the central bank ghtening monetary policy. It is a similar story for bonds, too, as the
purchasing power of the future cash flows from bonds are eroded as inflaon picks up," Tompkins
This inflaon fear has brought gold back into the spotlight this fall as prices climbed back above
$1,800 an ounce, and analysts are now targeng the $1,900 level.
"Gold is considered as an inflaon hedge … The metal can be likened to a zero coupon bond that is
held in perpetuity with infinite duraon … Since gold effecvely has a fixed nominal yield at 0%, its
price won't downwardly adjust to higher inflaon and expectaons of ghter policy if expectaons
of the stance of real monetary policy are unchanged," Tompkins noted.
On top of that, it is also a self-fulfilling prophecy. "If there is collecve belief amongst market
parcipants that a certain asset will hold its value during periods of high/rising inflaon, then
market demand will rise in those circumstances. As a result, the collecve belief raises the price
and makes it an effecve inflaon hedge," he added.
Gold's reliability as an inflaon hedge is only quesoned when inflaon surges for short periods of
me, the report pointed out, nong that this is their base-case scenario for next year.
“And because the increase in inflaon this year has generally been described so far as transitory,
there hasn't been a rise in long-dated U.S. real Treasury yields. Indeed, these have even fallen
slightly since the beginning of the year, reflecng expectaons from investors that the Fed won't
need to ghten the real stance of monetary policy very much to bring inflaon back to target,"
Capital Economics projects that the Fed will begin ghtening its monetary policy next year, and
inflaon will average 3% in 2022 and 2023 in the U.S., which will weigh on gold.
"We do think that there will be a modest ghtening in monetary policy, causing real U.S. Treasury
yields to grind higher," Tompkins added.
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