Pure gold dips to K3.8 mln per tical

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Some pure gold seen in the market.

Pure gold price slumped to K3.81 million per tical (0.578 ounce or 0.016 kilogramme) in the unauthorized market after it hit almost K3.9 million per tical on 31 January.
The Yangon Gold Entrepreneurs Association set the reference price at K3.672 million per tical, showing a price difference of over K130,000 per tical between the YGEA’s price and the actual market value.
Earlier, the YGEA used the interbank transaction rate set by the CBM in calculating the reference price for pure gold, indicating a big gap of K400,000-K500,000 per tical.
On 5 December, the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) allowed authorized dealers (private banks) to operate forex exchange transactions freely as per the market rate determined by the supply and demand forces.
The kyat-US dollar exchange rate is currently around K3,550 at the over-the-counter market. When the kyat weakened to K4,000 against the greenback in the forex market, the gold price peaked at K4 million per tical in late August 2023. — NN/EM

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