As food and fuel prices in India have risen, inflation has surged: in June, the wholesale price index (WPI) and the consumer price index (CPI) remained elevated at 15.18% and 7.01% respectively. Meanwhile, the 10-year Indian government bond rose by 1% between the end of November 2021 and July 2022.
With the rapid growth in funding ratios over the past year, an increasing number of UK defined benefit (DB) pension schemes have been contemplating their investment approach for the endgame – the point at which a plan moves from being underfunded to being fully funded or even having a surplus.
Gold ended August lower m-o-m, down 2% to US$1,715.9/oz – its fifth consecutive monthly decline. The promising bounce that began in mid-July ran out of steam in mid-August after failing to break the US$1,800/oz resistance level.
Global gold ETFs registered outflows of 51t (US$2.9bn, 1.4%) in August, in line with price performance. This was the fourth consecutive month of outflows. Funds have now given back two-thirds of the inflows accumulated through April; y-t-d global inflows are 102t (US$7.5bn), with total holdings at 3,651t (US$202bn), up 3.6% on the year.
India’s gold market is steeped in tradition and still highly fragmented. However, over the last few years the industry has become more organised and regulated.