Gold price edges higher on spot gold price rally

April 20


The pure gold price hit a high of K2.97 million per tical (0.578 ounce or 0.016 kilogramme) in the unofficial domestic market.


The domestic gold price spiked at K2,970,000 per tical as the spot gold price stayed high at $2,004 per ounce.


YGEA hiked the reference rate to over K2,360,900 per tical tracking increase in the spot gold price.


Consequently, there is a price difference of over K600,000 per tical between the YGEA’s reference price and the price in the unofficial market.


YGEA calculated the price depending on the Central Bank of Myanmar’s reference exchange rate of K2,100, with some addition, while the US dollar is exchanged at K2,860 in the unofficial forex market.


The US dollar exchange rate weighs on domestic gold prices. Following the bankruptcy of the US bank, the gold price soared. Despite the gold gain in the global market, Myanmar’s forex market sees no movement at all. Consequently, YGEA requested its members not to buy them competitively, tracking the upward trend in the spot gold price, as per YGEA’s statement released on 20 March.


Afterwards, the YGEA called for the members to make gold transactions with only immediate payment and avoid verbal transactions over calls without having any physical stocks.


The YGEA is not bound to have any responsibilities for market manipulation in the unofficial market. As a result of this, its members are asked to strictly adhere to the rules and regulations of the association while making gold transactions.


At present, the authorities concerned are attempting to deal with market abuse and inspecting and prosecuting market manipulation is being undertaken.


Moreover, the Central Bank of Myanmar will inspect those manipulators to interfere with market stability through digital platforms, according to the notification dated 20 March.


The soaring dollar exchanging at over K4,500 drove the pure gold price up to a record-high of K3.7 million per tical in late August 2022.


For the gold price to decline, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation has been selling gold ingots under the competitive bidding system in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw.


With an aim at reducing gold prices, the YGEA and Mandalay Region Gold Entrepreneurs Association sold gold bullion supplied by the executive members and the members as well. — NN/EM