By compounding emerging threats and introducing new ones, the COVID-19 pandemic increased uncertainty. However, by the end of last year, investors were hopeful that the worst was behind them. Gold climbed to a near four-month high in international markets, boosted by a drop in cryptocurrencies. A weaker US dollar and hopes of rising inflationary pressure have helped to support the precious metal.
International gold was trading at $1,883.21 per ounce, up 0.2 percent. Silver rose 0.4 percent to $27.64 per ounce, while platinum rose 0.6 percent to $1,173.03 per ounce. The precious metal was also helped by inflows into gold-backed exchange-traded funds, or gold ETFs
The cryptocurrency dropped dramatically over the weekend amid China's attempts to clamp down on bitcoin mining and trading. It's now down nearly half of what it was at the start of the year.
In Indian markets today, gold and silver prices edged higher, reflecting positive global cues. On the MCX, gold prices increased 0.24 percent to a four-month high of 48519, while silver prices increased 0.5 percent to 71,440 per kg.
In India, the second tranche of sovereign gold bonds for the current fiscal year went on sale today. The issue price has been set at Rs 4,842 per gram by the Reserve Bank of India.
Gold has gained more than 6% in the last 30 days, increasing $200 from its low of $1,680 at the end of March.
Despite certain conceptual similarities, gold and cryptocurrencies are essentially and functionally distinct, according to experts.
The recent exodus from bitcoin has benefited gold. According to JPMorgan, some large institutional investors are abandoning bitcoin in favour of gold.