Monday Nov 28 2022

Gold price jumps Rs1,750 per tola in Pakistan

An undated image of gold bars and coins. — Reuters/File
An undated image of gold bars and coins. — Reuters/File

  • Gold price settles at Rs161,300 per tola.
  • Under pressure dollar shits focus toward safe-haven asset.
  • Silver prices remain unchanged in local market.

KARACHI: Gold price in Pakistan jumped nearly 1.1% on Monday as under pressure US dollar shifted investors' focus toward the safe-haven asset.

Data released by the All Pakistan Sarafa Gems and Jewellers Association (APSGJA) showed that the price of gold surged by Rs1,750 per tola and Rs1,500 per tola to settle at Rs161,300 and Rs138,288, respectively.

Despite a surprise interest rate hike by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the price of gold surged due to the ongoing economic crisis in the country.

The yellow metal is considered a hedge against higher inflation and a safe store of value in times of economic and political uncertainty.

However, higher interest rates increase the opportunity cost of holding the non-yielding metal which restricted the gains today.

Gold price in the local market is heading towards its all-time high of Rs162,500 per tola recorded on July 28.

In the international market, the price of the yellow metal rose by $4 per ounce settling at $1,759 — rose more than a one-week high — helped by a softer US dollar and some safe-haven demand amid protests in several Chinese cities over the country's strict COVID-19 curbs.

The precious commodity's rates in Pakistan are around Rs2,000 below the cost compared to the rate in the Dubai market.

Meanwhile, silver prices in the domestic market remained unchanged at Rs1,710 per tola and Rs1,466.04 per 10 grams, respectively.