Demonetisation impact: $1 billion worth of gold imported so far since Nov 9
By GCRU Gold News on Tuesday, November 15 2016, 22:43 - Permalink
A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes would cease to be legal tender from the midnight of November 8 – a move aimed at cracking down on the flow of black money – those in possession of unaccounted wealth were seen rushing to jewellers to buy gold. While these people were willing to pay huge premiums, jewellers were ready to accept old currency notes. The transactions took place on past-dated bills; even VAT was paid. As a result of this rush, there was a sudden spurt in demand for gold. According to market estimates, as much as $1 billion worth of gold, or around 30 tonnes, has been imported since November 9.