Inflation rates in India have risen to 8.65% amid concerns surrounding the devaluation of the rupee and the erosion of the purchasing power of savings. The rupee has held its value against the struggling U.S. dollar, but it has fallen significantly against gold, silver, oil, and other food and energy commodities.
“Safe-haven physical commodity gold has a reputation as a valuable asset against weakened currencies,”
The Reserve Bank of India, India’s central bank, purchased 200 tonnes of gold from the International Monetary Fund in late 2009. From the start of 2011, some 30 banks in India have been granted permission to import gold and silver. Further gold purchases are expected in coming months, as the Reserve Bank has issued licenses to seven more banks to import gold and silver.
Indian banks are therefore contributing to the massive increase in demand for gold and silver. Chinese banks are also catering to the increased demand of Chinese people for gold bullion for investment and savings purposes.
In fact, most of the world’s central banks are now diversifying from major currencies such as the dollar and euro into gold. In addition to India and China, these countries include Russia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Mauritius, Mexico, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Importantly, China was expected to surpass India as the world’s largest gold importer this year. After the most recent Indian import figures, this is now not certain.
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