Indians Finally Buying Less Gold...
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Indians Finally Buying Less Gold…

Over the past nearly 15 years, gold prices have ranged from US$ 400 to nearly US$ 2,000 per ounce (which is about 31.1 grams). Internationally gold is priced in US# per ounce. Internationally, gold was going up till 2011 but lately gold is “only” US 1,250 per ounce. India along with China is world’s biggest gold buyer and consumer both for jewelry and safe keeping. Gold prices have been swinging somewhat wildly for couple of years due to global tensions, and more recently due to growing fears of global trade wars, higher oil prices and inflation. However it has still well within this wide range.

Prices in India are over Rs. 30,000 per 10 grams, which is on the high side, and this is before added prices for converting to jewelry. Markets feel current high prices but also demand in India is slowing down and instead going to other investments (financial markets) is taking place. One less talked about reason is demonetization, more electronic funds flows and anti-corruption actions is having an impact!

Source: Money Control

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1st Time Ever Nifty Touches 10,000 - An All Time High!
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1st Time Ever Nifty Touches 10,000 – An All Time High!

The Indian Nifty index opened above 10,000 an all time high and made a new high before dropping back, while the Sensex is also near all time highs. Reasons are many and all positive – stable political environment, can do government, good economic prospects for India for years to come even though job growth is slow, a young population, controlled inflation, foreign money pouring in, relatively painless GST roll over so far and other technical reasons. This gives a positive view to the just over 3 short years of this government. With India getting built and rebuilt, great things are ahead for the country in the years and decades ahead with big external and internal challenges!!!

Source: Economic Times

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Watch Out - Fixed Deposit Coming Down, Again...
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Watch Out – Fixed Deposit Coming Down, Again…

Savers and depositors are in tears while borrowers are rejoicing as interest rates continue to come down, a ongoing trend over multiple years. State Bank of India has cut rates and others banks will follow. Rates on 2 and 3 year deposit rates have been reduced to below 7%, rates, which are well below the 9% and more in years past. These rate reductions and now being seeing in post office savings schemes, annual DA rates of increase, PF interest rates and annual salary increases. So why is this happening: in a good way due to lower inflation, strong economic growth, improved tax collections and surplus funds with the banks due to demonetization. As you worry about this, you should note how lucky a depositor still is, as 3 year deposit rates in some western countries are around 2% only, think about that.

Source: Economic Times

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