YGEA diminish gold reference price to below K3.7 million per tical tracking spot gold price dip

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Gold ornaments are displayed at a retail outlet in Yangon.

With the decline in spot gold price, the Yangon Gold Entrepreneurs Association (YGEA) set the pure gold price lower to K3.6537 million per tical (0.578 ounce, or 0.016 kilogramme).
The spot gold price stood at US$2,045 per ounce at present.
On 5 December, the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) allowed authorized dealers (private banks) to operate forex exchange transactions freely as per the liberalized market rate determined by the supply and demand dynamic. Following this move, the price gap between the YGEA’s price and the market price is not that different.
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. The greenback is valued at around K3,450 at the over-the-counter market.
When the Kyat depreciated at 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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