Pure gold price hits record high of K4 million per tical

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The photo showcases gold ingots displayed at the jewellery outlet.

As the spot gold price leaps to an all-time high above US$2,150 per ounce, the domestic gold price peaked at K4 million per tical (0.578 ounce or 0.016 kilogramme) on 7 March 2024.
Along with a surge in spot gold price, the domestic gold price climbed to K4 million per tical.
Meanwhile, the Yangon Gold Entrepreneurs Association (YGEA) hit K3.7985 million per tical.
There is a price gap of around K200,000 per tical between the YGEA’s reference price and the actual market value.
The YGEA calculated the price depending on the Central Bank of Myanmar’s interbank reference exchange rate, with some addition, in spite of the US dollar gain in the unofficial forex market, causing the price gap to widen to K400,000-K500,000 per tical.
Following the CBM’s liberalization for authorized dealers on online forex trading platforms on 5 December 2023, the YGEA’s reference price and the actual market value are not that different. The kyat-US dollar exchange rate is K3,630 at present.
The US dollar exchange rate, therefore, influences the gap between the domestic gold market value and YGEA’s reference gold price.
The soaring dollar exchanging up to K4,000 drove the gold price up to a record high of K4 million per tical in August 2023.
The YGEA also requested that, on 24 January, its members deal in gold with immediate payment and cooperate to stabilize the gold price. — NN/EM

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