Domestic gold price falls by K45,000 per tical in two days

September 14


THE price of precious yellow metal falls back on 13 September, with a drop of K45,000 in two days, domestic gold market’s data showed.


The price of pure gold metal hit fresh new peaks in the recent days and it reached the highest of K1,900,000 per tical (0.578 ounce, or 0.016 kilogram) on 11 September tracking the dollar gains on Kyat in the forex market, whereas it dropped to K1,855,000 per tical on 13 September, according to Yangon Region Gold Entrepreneurs Association (YGEA).


On 11 September, the association made six decisions, including control of the market rally, permits for the members to secure transportation to and from gold refineries and for holding a large amount of cash.


The spikes in the gold market were attributed to the political developments, high demand in the domestic gold market, shortage of raw gold metals, the price gain in the international market and the Kyat depreciation.


The global gold price stood at only US$1,789 per ounce on 13 September, while a US dollar exchange rate was set at K1,734.


As a result of this, YGEA urged its members to regulate trade in order to deal with market volatility.


To regulate unsustainable rally in the domestic gold market, the association called for the members to make the gold transaction with only immediate payment, avoid the verbal transactions over calls and halt trading outside the Yangon region, according to YGEA.


In January 2021, the gold price was ranged between the minimum of K1,316,000 per tical (28 January) and the maximum of K1,336,000 per tical (6 January). It reached an all-time high of K1,410,000 per tical on 3 February and hit the minimum of K1,340,000 per tical on 2 February. In March, the rate fluctuated between the highest of K1,391,000 (25 March) and the lowest of K1,302,000 (4 March). The price was registered the highest of K1,455,000 (30 April) and the lowest of K1,389,000 (1 April). The price reached an all-time highest of K1,709,000 (12 May) and the lowest of K1,447,000 in May. The price moved in the maximum of K1,575,500 (11 June) and the minimum of K1,543,000 (19 June). Last month, it fluctuated between K1,562,300 (26 Jul) and K1,587,000 (K1,587,000), the gold traders said.


According to gold traders, the local gold reached the lowest level of K1,310,500 (2 September) and the highest level of K1,314,000 (1 September). In October, the rate ranged between K1,307,800 (30 October) and K1,316,500 (21 October). The rate fluctuated between the highest of K1,317,000 (9 November) and the lowest of K1,270,000 (30 November). In December, the pure yellow metal priced moved in the range of 1,280,000 (1 December) and 1,332,000 (28 December).


With global gold prices on the uptick, the domestic price hit fresh highs in 2019, reaching K1,000,000 per tical between 17 January and 21 February, crossing K1,100,000 (22 June to 5 August), climbing to over 1,200,000 (7 August-4 September), and then reaching a record high of K1,300,000 on 5 September 2019. — GNLM