The advancements in China’s gold buy-back market

Recycled gold is an important source of gold supply . In 2018, the volume of recycled gold reached 1,168t, accounting for over 25% of total supply globally. Recycled gold is also an important source of supply in China, amounting to 146t, or 20% of domestic supply in 2018. Recently, China’s recycled gold market has experienced some exciting developments which could improve the efficiency and transparency of the industry.?

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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?

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Shanghai Gold Benchmark price hit record high in June

Summary

  • Shanghai Gold Benchmark price hit 319.2 yuan/gram – highest level since its introduction in April 2016
  • Au(T+D)’s trading volume in June reached second highest level on record – 2,062t
  • The local gold premium rose sharply?
  • Imports continued to slide in May, dropping to 69t
  • Gold withdrawals from Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) fell again last month?
  • PBOC added a further 10t to its reserves in June

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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

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