The price of gold continued to increase in Pakistan on Monday, following the gains of last week. According to the All Pakistan Sarafa Gems and Jewellers Association, the rate of 24-carat gold rose by Rs2,000 per tola and Rs1,714 per 10 grammes, settling at Rs237,300 and Rs203,446, respectively.
In the international market, the gold rate declined by $5, reaching $1,972 per ounce. Throughout last week, the rate of gold experienced fluctuations in both the domestic and international markets, amidst uncertainty surrounding the raising of the US debt limit.
If the US debt limit, which is currently capped at $31.4 trillion, is not raised, it could trigger the first-ever US default.
According to Geo, recent volatility in the domestic gold market can be attributed to various factors, including economic and political turmoil, high inflation, and currency depreciation. In such times, people tend to prefer buying yellow metal as a safe investment and a hedge.
On May 10, the safe-haven bullion reached an all-time high of Rs240,000 per tola, driven by increased political uncertainty following the arrest of Imran Khan, the Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). However, it subsequently dropped in line with the decline in the international rate.
Pakistan’s gold price peaks above global market levels
The jewellers’ body also highlighted that local gold in Pakistan is currently overpriced by Rs5,000 per tola compared to the Dubai bullion market. Consequently, the Pakistani gold market is presently more expensive than the world market.
Data shared by the association revealed a significant jump in the price of silver, with an increase of Rs50 per tola and Rs42.87 per 10 grammes, settling at Rs2,900 and Rs2,486.28, respectively.
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