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Mukesh Kumar

Mukesh Kumar

Market Intelligence Group

World Gold Council

Mukesh joined the World Gold Council in March 2015, and works within the Market Intelligence Group. He has previously held positions with CRU International, Hatch Associates and Steel Authority of India Limited, focusing on consulting and research for the metals and mining industry.

Mukesh has a Bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from ISM Dhanbad and an MBA from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Mukesh Kumar
Market Intelligence Group
World Gold Council

Higher prices and custom duty dampened Indian demand in July

  • Indian gold imports reached just 37.7t in July 2019 – 49% lower than the same month last year 
  • The domestic gold price was 2.3% higher in July compared to June; 23% higher y-t-d
  • The custom duty on gold was unexpectedly raised by 2.5% in the Union Budget on 5th July
  • With elevated domestic gold prices and a higher custom duty, the discount in the local gold market reached a peak of US$28/oz in July
  • Volatile prices and weak physical demand encouraged healthy gold futures trading on MCX: volumes touched a high of 46.8t in July
Mukesh Kumar
Market Intelligence Group
World Gold Council

Higher domestic price and monsoon dents Indian gold demand in June

Summary

  • Indian gold imports were 62t in June 2019 – up slightly on the same month last year 
  • The domestic gold price was 6.1% higher in June as compared to end of May
  • With higher domestic gold prices, the local discount in the gold market reached $23/oz (1.6% to the international price) by end of June
  • Higher and relatively volatile prices encouraged gold futures trading on MCX: volumes touched a high of 28.2t in June 
Mukesh Kumar
Market Intelligence Group
World Gold Council

India’s gold import duties rise

Summary

  • On 6th July, India’s gold import duty increased from 10% to 12.5% as part of a revenue-raising budget
  • We believe it will have a negligible long-term effect on gold demand
  • We think it may be a temporary measure: when the government’s books are in better shape we may see some of these tax increases rolled back
  • The market will be supported by other government initiatives, including the structural reforms such as the India Gold Spot Exchange and plans to boost rural incomes
Mukesh Kumar
Market Intelligence Group
World Gold Council

Gold shines brighter on Akshaya Tritiya

Akshaya Tritiya is one of the most auspicious occasions in Hindu religion. The word Akshaya means ‘Eternal’ and Akshaya Tritiya is thus considered an auspicious day for, among other things, starting a business, buying a property or making an investment. Buying gold on Akshaya Tritiya is believed to bring good fortune and prosperity. On the day itself, there is even a specific time period which is seen as auspicious for buying gold – the shubh muhurat.