The domestic gold market is facing price fluctuation in February. It was opened at K1,385,500 per tical (0.578 ounces, or 0.016 kilograms) on 16 February, the gold traders said.
The yellow metal fetched the highest of K1,330,000 per tical in January 2021. And now, it reached a new peak of K1,410,000 per tical on 3 February 2021.
Consequently, Yangon gold market was suspended from governing the volatile gold price on 5 February. The market was reopened on 10 February at K1,373,000 per tical. The prices stood at K1,369,000 per tical on 11 February, K1,363,000 on 12 February, K1,368,000 on 13 February and K1,378,000 on 15 February.
Following the emergency meeting held by Yangon Region Gold Entrepreneurs Association (YGEA) on 4 February, the association determined four factors on market volatility. It urged not to trust in the rumour of withdrawing K5,000 and K10,000, to control the gold trading over concerns, to use cash down payment system and to follow the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Sports.
Despite the bull market in Myanmar, the international gold price was sliding. The gold price was pegged at around US$1,856 per ounce on 2 February and $1,823 on 16 February 2021.
At present, some retail gold outlets are opened. However, the local market sees more sellers outnumbering the buyers. Additionally, Kyat is gaining against the US dollar in the local forex market at K1,440. —NN/ GNLM