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Gold shines at new high | What's making it 'glitter' — A look at your investment strategy

Gold shines at new high | What's making it 'glitter' — A look at your investment strategy

Gold shines at new high | What's making it 'glitter' — A look at your investment strategy
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By Anshul  Jan 24, 2023 2:49:55 PM IST (Published)

February gold futures rose to Rs 57,099 per 10 grams. The yellow metal is up 4 percent so far in the calendar year 2023. Read on to understand what's making gold glitter?

Gold prices are trading higher on Tuesday, extending this year's gains to an all-time high. On Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX), gold surged to Rs 57,099 per 10 grams, up nearly four percent so far in 2023. Globally, spot gold rose 0.2 percent to $1,935.69 per ounce as of 0208 GMT.

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Gold prices have been increasing since the beginning of November 2022. In India, rates are up Rs 7,000 per 10 gram since November.
(A look at gold prices in the last one year. Source: WGC)
So, what's the trigger?
Weakness in US dollar
The rise in gold prices comes amid weakness in the US dollar and softening of US treasury yields. The dollar index dipped 0.2 percent, making greenback-priced bullion more affordable for many buyers.
Gold is usually denominated in US dollars and there is an inverse relationship between the two. This means that as the value of the US dollar rises, the value of gold falls. The strength of the US dollar is related to the factor of interest rates.
Global economic slowdown
Another factor which analysts are stressing on is global economic slowdown. Investors are seeking refuge in the safe haven metal amid concerns over a global economic slowdown.
According to a note shared by Kotak Securities, deteriorating outlook for global economy, particularly US and the prospects of a Fed pivot have brought in some inflows.
"India’s gold imports in 2022 dropped to 706 tonnes from 1,068 tonnes a year ago. Prospects of a looming slowdown in US, cooling inflation and labour market coupled with a Fed pivot might continue to bolster the gold prices," it said.
Rising bets for lower rate hikes
US Fed is expected to raise rates by 25 basis points in its upcoming policy meeting. This means a slower pace after four consecutive 75 bps increases. Lower interest rates are beneficial for bullion, decreasing the opportunity cost of holding the non-yielding asset, experts say.
A look at the investment strategy
According to experts, short to mid-term investment in gold is always fine. Like any other asset class, it is difficult and futile to time the market, whether it is gold or equity. So, the thumb rule for gold is to allocate up to 10 percent of savings/portfolio in gold-related instruments and stay invested to get the benefit of appreciation in gold prices which have a tendency to catch up with inflation.
On top of that, diversification is important due to the uncertain economic environment and volatility in the stock market. However, the rule of investment says that asset class should not be looked at as a primary investment vehicle. Rather it should be used for portfolio diversification purposes.
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