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China's Covid-zero policy, Indian weddings give a polish to gold

Indian jewellery buyers nearly doubled their purchases last year to 611 metric tons, according to the World Gold Council

Photo: Unsplash/Jingming Pan

Photo: Unsplash/Jingming Pan

David Fickling | Bloomberg
Gold isn’t behaving quite as you’d expect right now.

U.S. interest rates have risen by half a percentage point so far this year, as measured by the yield on 10-year government debt. That’s typically bad news for precious metal. About two-fifths of gold demand comes from private investors and central banks who regard it as a safe place to park their savings. When interest rates are close to or below zero, as they have been across the world for much of the past two years, no one is very worried that you don’t get a dividend, coupon or interest payment

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First Published: Feb 18 2022 | 7:45 AM IST

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