China’s strong demand is impacting the price of gold globally.

China has had a significant impact on the long-term and tenacious rise in gold prices, which have surpassed $2,400 an ounce.


Gold has been a popular investment amid geopolitical and economic uncertainty; the war between Israel and Palestine and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have caused a notable price spike in gold. China’s influence is largely responsible for the gold’s sustained and strong growth, which has seen the price of an ounce reach $2,400.

Chinese consumers have turned to gold, increasing its demand, as their faith in traditional investments like equities and real estate has declined. According to a New York Times investigation, China’s central bank has been gradually expanding its gold reserves while decreasing its holdings of US debt.

Furthermore, Chinese investors are expecting gold’s value to continue rising. China’s already significant influence on the gold market has intensified during the current bullish trend, which has seen an almost 50% increase in world prices since late 2022.

Amazingly, despite variables like rising interest rates and the US currency that usually reduce its allure, gold has managed to rise.

Reuters reports that this week, despite a little price adjustment, real gold demand in India remained modest as purchasers anticipated a further decrease. Meanwhile, weak demand over the holiday season led to a second straight week of declines for Chinese premiums.

China influencing global gold prices with robust demand

India, the second-largest consumer of gold in the world and a major importer, saw a decline in domestic pricing this week, with 10 grams costing around 70,500 rupees, down from a record high of 73,958 rupees last month.

Despite the Federal Reserve’s announcement that it will keep interest rates higher for a longer length of time, gold prices spiked last month. In addition, gold’s value has held steady this year despite the dollar’s rising relative to almost all other major foreign currencies.

Despite the fact that prices have dropped to about $2,300 an ounce, the general consensus is that Chinese investors’ and purchasers’ tastes now influence the dynamics of the gold market more than economic realities.

According to the China Gold Association, China’s gold consumption increased by 6% in the first quarter of this year over the same period last year. This increase comes after a 9% rise in the previous year.

Beijing has acquired gold, but even so, it only makes up 4.6% of China’s foreign exchange reserves. On the other hand, according to the NYT study, India has almost twice as much gold in its reserves than the United States.

The combination of continuous central bank purchases and robust retail demand from Chinese consumers has been keenly observed by Shanghai market speculators, who have gambled that the pattern would continue. Notably, compared to the prior year, the average trading volume for gold on the Shanghai Futures Exchange increased by more than double in April.

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