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Gold Rates Under Pressure, Although Inflation Tends To Rise: What Is The Trend Now?

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Gold rates in the global markets, and India are facing challenges to gain significantly in the first week of December. However, earlier investors expected that the precious metal will be on the path the reaching the $1900/oz. But breaking all the expectations, gold rates are now quoted at around $1760/oz in the futures markets.

 
Gold Rates Under Pressure, Although Inflation Tends To Rise: What Is The Trend?

With falling gold rates, common Indian buyers tend to consume more gold for their personal use. December is a wedding season in India, that contributes as the highest gold-demand season in the country. Subdued gold rates will ease the common buyers' pockets, and the gold demand is also expected to gain a bit with this.

Inflationary pressures, but gold rates under pressure

Inflation is one of the most important reasons behind the change in gold rates. With rising inflation, gold rates usually gain, while inflation stays under control, gold rates too do not react bullishly. However, in December, gold rates are not reacting in that way. Major economies across the world are facing challenges regarding inflation, whilst the USA is experiencing the headline inflation rate at the highest level in the past 30 years. So, as a hedge against inflation, gold rates should react bullishly, but the metal is reacting bearish, globally.

A new Covid variant, Omicron has been reported in multiple countries, but the WHO has recently said that this variant is not might be as severe as the delta variant. So, investors are worrying less about major inflationary pressures. So, it is probably the reason behind gold rate is bearish now. Another reason is, US Fed Chairman Jerome Powell recently sounded dovish about inflation and analysts are thinking that the Fed can take tighter measures to control inflation soon. So, gold rates are not gaining significantly, rather rates are under pressure.

 

However, Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank President Loretta Mester is worried about the Omicron Covid variant and is expecting intensified inflationary pressures. Additionally, Mester told Financial Times, "If it turns out to be a bad variant it could exacerbate the upward price pressures we've seen from the supply-chain problems."

(Also read: Indian Gold Rates Are Falling Sharply In December, As WHO Eases Omicron Concerns: Check Rates)

However, a falling gold rate will increase gold demand in India. In the domestic market, 22 carat gold rate is quoted at around Rs. 46580/10 grams, and 24 carat gold rate is quoted at around Rs. 47580/10 grams, on December 3. With the rise and fall in gold rates in the global markets, the metal's prices change in the domestic markets.

(Also read: Gold Rates Are Highly Volatile At The Present Market, After US Consumer Confidence Data Release)

Read more about: gold rates inflation gold demand
Story first published: Friday, December 3, 2021, 16:15 [IST]
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