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Thursday, March 8 2018

India's Feb gold imports plunge a quarter on subdued demand

India’s gold imports in February dropped a quarter from a year ago to 63 tonnes as higher prices curtailed demand in the world’s second-biggest consumer of bullion, provisional data from precious metals consultancy GFMS and bank dealers showed.

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Tuesday, February 6 2018

India Jan gold imports plunge to 17-month low on subdued demand

The country’s imports were 30 tonnes in January, down 37 percent from 47.9 tonnes a year ago,

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Tuesday, January 16 2018

Gold imports surge 72% in December on high demand, weak global prices

India's gold imports rose by 71.52 per cent to $3.39 billion in December because of weak global prices and higher domestic demand. According to the commerce ministry's data released today, silver imports too rose by 106 per cent to $197.26 million last month as against $95.84 million in December 2016.

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Saturday, January 6 2018

Gold Imports Said to Rebound Amid Signs India's Tax Woes Fading

Indian consumers probably bought 650-750 tons of the metal last year, according to the World Gold Council -- similar to 2016 levels which marked the slackest demand since 2009. In the past year, the sector has also been hurt by tougher requirements for buyers to prove their identity before a purchase, and the capping of the amount of cash used in these transactions.

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Wednesday, January 3 2018

India gold imports surge 67 percent in 2017 on restocking, retail demand

India’s gold imports surged 67 percent in 2017 from the previous year to 855 tonnes as jewellers replenished inventory amid a rebound in retail demand, provisional data from precious metals consultancy GFMS showed.

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Thursday, December 7 2017

India's November gold imports nearly halve on higher prices

A drop in gold purchases by India, the world’s second-biggest consumer after China, could weigh on global prices that are already trading near their lowest in two months.

Imports in November were around 55 tonnes, a sharp fall from last year’s 100.6 tonnes, provisional data from GFMS showed.

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Thursday, September 28 2017

India Continues to Play a Significant Role in the Global Silver Market

India consumed 160.6 million ounces (Moz) of silver in 2016, accounting for 16 percent of global silver demand. The country’s dependence on imported metal means that changes in Indian offtake can impact countries that supply bullion to India. Between 2010-16, India imported an impressive 990 million ounces of refined silver to meet its needs.

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Monday, September 25 2017

Here's why gold will not glitter this Diwali

With Goods and Services Tax (GST), demonetisation and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations coming into effect, gold will not glitter much this Diwali,

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Tuesday, September 19 2017

Trade pact: Gold may be kept out of future trade pacts

A big spike in gold imports from countries with which India has trade agreements has caused alarm in the government, which now plans to exclude the yellow metal from such agreements in the future. “Provisions of trade agreements have been abused to import gold at zero or lower duty,” a government official said. The surge in gold imports has worsened the country’s current account deficit.

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Sunday, September 17 2017

Gold: Gold imports jump three-fold to USD 15 billion in April-August

The country's gold imports recorded a three-fold jump to USD 15.24 billion during the April-August period of the current fiscal, commerce ministry data showed.

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Wednesday, August 30 2017

The Battle for India's $45 Billion Gold Industry Has Begun

“We still operate the way my father did for 50 years,” said Ghugre, 52, explaining that transactions were typically in cash and were not always recorded. “For small jewelers and the unorganized sector, most of our sales happen through personal connections. Sometimes they don’t want bills, but the jewelers can’t say no to them.”

That way of doing business is under threat as the world’s second-largest gold market faces Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign to bring India’s informal economy to book. About three quarters of the estimated $45 billion of the precious metal that is traded in the country each year makes its way through thousands of family-run jewelry shops that have catered for centuries to the nation’s love of gold.

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Thursday, August 17 2017

India Bans Gold Exports Above 22 Carats to Plug Trade Loopholes

India has banned the export of gold products with purity above 22 carats with immediate effect, a move that the industry sees as a way of curbing irregularities in the trade.

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade issued a notice limiting shipments of jewelry, coins and medallions to 22 carats or below, without giving a reason.

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Monday, August 14 2017

India's gold imports to rebound in 2017 on restocking, good monsoon

India's gold imports are likely to jump by a third in 2017 to 750 tonnes on restocking by jewellers and as good monsoon rainfall is expected to boost demand in rural areas during the upcoming festive season, a leading refiner told Reuters.

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Monday, July 3 2017

Paytm goes gaga over gold

Paytm, which has sold more than 100 kg of gold on its platform, is in discussions with jewellers across the country to enable buyers to redeem their digital gold in the form of jewellery.

In April this year, the digital-payments firm had partnered with MMTC-PAMP to allow consumers to purchase 24K 999.9 purity gold on its platform and store it in MMTC-PAMP’s secure vaults free of charge. Customers, who could invest one rupee onwards, currently can either sell the gold back online or can get accumulated gold of more than one gram delivered to their homes.

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Monday, June 26 2017

India Said to Plan Gold Policy Revamp for $19 Billion Sector

India, which vies with China as the top consumer of bullion, is working on new policies to improve transparency and help expand its $19 billion gold jewelry industry, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The plans being worked out by the finance and commerce ministries along with industry groups should be finalized by the end of March, the people said, asking not to be identified because they aren’t authorized to speak publicly. D.S. Malik, spokesman for the finance ministry, didn’t answer calls to his cellphone, while a spokeswoman for the commerce ministry didn’t reply to an email seeking comment.

The start of a spot bullion exchange, to make gold supply more transparent and help enforce purity standards, is under consideration, the people said. An import tax of 10 percent could also be reduced as the government seeks to eliminate smuggling, they said. The plans also include a dedicated bank for the jewelry industry, according to one of the people.

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Friday, June 9 2017

Gold Imports by India Jump Fourfold as Tax Fear Spurred Stocking

India, which vies with China as the world’s top gold consumer, saw a fourfold increase in imports of the precious metal in May as traders stocked up fearing that the government would fix a higher rate for jewelry under a new national goods tax to be implemented from next month.

Overseas purchases advanced to 126 metric tons in May from 31.5 tons a year earlier,

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Thursday, June 8 2017

GST & its impact on India's gold market

On 1st July, India’s labyrinth of taxes will be replaced with a simple, nationwide Goods & Services Tax (GST). This is the biggest fiscal reform since India’s liberalisation in the early 1990s. While gold consumers will face a slightly higher tax rate, and the industry will go through a period of adjustment, we see the net impact on the gold industry as being positive. The gold supply chain should become more transparent and efficient, and the tax reform can boost economic growth, which we see as supporting gold demand.

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Sunday, June 4 2017

India says to levy 3 pct tax on gold under new regime, industry relieved

India will tax gold at a rate of 3 percent under a new nationwide sales tax that comes into effect on July 1, the government said on Saturday.

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) on gold, which was lower than industry expectations of around 5 percent, will replace a number of federal and state levies.

"Currently, the industry pays taxes around 2 to 2.5 percent, so 3 percent is almost as good as no impact,"

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Thursday, June 1 2017

India’s Hunger for Gold is Legendary, Who are the Buyers?

India’s hunger for gold is not surprising—people have been complaining about the “drain of gold” into India for ages, starting with Pliny the Elder, the Roman writer of the 1st century AD. But where in India does the gold go to? And who are the people who buy all this gold jewellery?

The short answer to the first question is, in one word: Kerala.

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Thursday, May 18 2017

3 years of Modi govt: Why gold schemes have failed to glitter

A survey partly financed by India’s Citizen Environment & Consumer Economy was conducted on 61,000 households as reported in LiveMint. The survey found out that nearly two-thirds of the households surveyed did not prefer to deposit their gold holdings with banks and roughly the similar size found that the interest rate of 2-3 percent given by the government was not enough.

It was also found that the three main motivations that drive people to hold gold are security (or capital conservation), scope of capital gains, and liquidity, in that order of importance.

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