Gold Reserves Current Affairs - 2020

World Gold Council Report: 37% of Indian Women never bought gold

On May 27, 2020, the World Gold Council released its report on Retail Gold Insights: India Jewellery Report. According to the report, around 37% of Indian women never bought jewellery.

Highlights

The report says that gold jewellery was the second most popular item among “Fashion and Lifestyle” shoppers next to clothes and silk sarees. Around 60% of Indian women already owned jewellery.

The 37% of Indian women that do not buy gold are now being seen as new target by the gold industry. Of these, 44% of the women are from rural areas and 30% are from urban.

Challenges

According to the World Gold Council, the current young Indian women show least interest towards gold ornaments. Only 33% of women in the age group 18-24 bought gold jewellery. Their future purchase intent is low.

This is a great threat to the gold market. India is one of the largest gold market in the world and decrease in gold purchase in the country will affect gold industry badly.

World Gold Council report: RBI ranks 6th in buying gold abroad

The World Gold Council (WGC) recently released its report, “World Gold Outlook 2020”. The report says that gold has performed the best since 2010 in 2019. In 2019, the gold trade in USD has increased by 18.4% as compared to 2010.

Highlights: India

According to the WGC, RBI (Reserve Bank of India) currently holds 625.2 tonnes of gold. This is 6.6% of the country’s foreign exchange. With this, India ranks sixth in the world among other central banks.

The report says that higher taxes have exacerbated the local gold price consumption. the recently introduces new hallmarking reforms are expected to increase consumer trust, remove inefficiencies, promote growth and improve confidence.

Highlights: World

The other 5 countries that have bought more gold than India include China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Poland. The Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) of institutional investors were the second largest buyers of gold in 2019. The report predicts that they will continue to buy more gold in 2020 as well.

In 2019, the largest gold sellers were Uzbekistan and Venezuela. They sold 16.6 tonnes and 30.3 tonnes respectively.

World Gold Council

The WGC is a market development organization. The headquarters of WGC is located in London. The offices of WGC are located in China, India, US and Singapore. The WGC office in India is located in Mumbai.