23 per cent: The price of gold jumped 23 per cent in 2019, the most in the last eight years.
- The reasons behind this jump were reduced supply and continuous buying by central banks.
- Apart from this, worsening geo-political tensions and the trade war between US and China saw the metal gain.
- However, consumer's appetite for gold was restricted to an extent due to the rupee's weakness against the dollar, which increased the cost of gold imports.
- In its recent report, Goldman Sachs forecasts gold to reach $1,600 in 2020. However, not all agree, expecting US-China trade tensions to ease.
- Gold prices edged higher in India on January 3, on the MCX. February gold was up 0.25 per cent to Rs 39,165 per 10 grams.
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Small savings schemes
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Hard path to growth
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