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Gold price rises in Pakistan; silver hits all-time high

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  • Gold prices increase in world markets as dollar trims gains.
  • Trend to take cue on central bank’s monetary stance, inflation.
  • Silver in local market touches all-time high of Rs2,350 per tola.

Gold prices in Pakistan rose on Monday, tracking global trends and a possible push from a retreating rupee that consequently turns dollar-quoted safe-haven metal pricier, forcing traders to err on the side of caution on the eve of monetary policy meeting.

According to the data released by All-Pakistan Sarafa Gems and Jewellers Association (APSGJA), the price of gold (24 carats) rose by Rs1,200 per tola and Rs1,028 per 10 grams to settle at Rs209,500 and Rs164,645 respectively.

Rupee depreciated 0.44% against the dollar in the inter-bank market on Monday. As per the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the rupee settled at 285.04, a loss of Rs1.25.

The State Bank of Pakistan is expected to raise the policy rate by 100-200 basis points as inflation is spiralling out of control. Consumer price inflation in Pakistan jumped to a record 35.37% in March from a year earlier.

Gold is often hailed as a hedge against inflation—increasing in value as the purchasing power of the dollar declines. 

Pakistan’s monthly inflation blew past forecasts in March and soared to a nearly all-time high level — 35.4% — from a year earlier, with people feeling more pain from some of the fastest rising consumer prices amid straining budgets as cost of living continues to outstrip average incomes.

Last month, the central bank hiked the policy rate by 300 basis points to 20%.

World gold prices bounced back on Monday as the dollar trimmed its initial gains that were driven by bets that OPEC’s surprise output cuts could jack up global energy prices and force central banks to hike interest rates.

Spot gold rose 0.5% to $1,977.43 per ounce by 1206 GMT. U.S. gold futures gained 0.4% to $1,994.50.

Earlier in the session, gold touched a one-week low of $1,949.54.

While gold is traditionally considered a hedge against inflation, increasing the interest rates to rein in rising price pressures dims the appeal of the asset since it pays no interest.

Silver prices in the domestic market rose by Rs80 per tola and Rs68.59 per 10 grams to settle at their all-time highs of Rs2,350 and Rs2,014.47, respectively.

International prices of silver fell 0.3% to $24.01 per ounce, platinum was also down 0.3% to $988.60 while palladium rose 0.7% to $1,470.72.

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The government is about to unleash another gasoline bomb on citizens beaten by inflation

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governmentThe price of petroleum products is anticipated to rise by the Federal Government starting on July 16. The price of gasoline is anticipated to rise by Rs7.67 per litre, the price of high-speed diesel by Rs3.72 per litre, and the price of kerosene by Rs2.73 per litre.

The people have informed me that a proposal to increase the petroleum levy has been created and is pending final clearance from Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

After speaking with the premier, it is expected that the Ministry of Finance will declare the revised petroleum product prices tonight.

Petroleum product prices have recently surged due to rising global oil prices and Pakitsan’s adjustment of the petroleum levy in response to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) adamant demands, which forced the country to raise the petroleum development levy in the Finance Bill to Rs70 per litre.

Noteworthy is the fact that on July 1, the authorities also dropped a gasoline bomb.

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Positive Trend at PSX With a 1361-Point Gain for the KSE 100-Index

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In the first few hours of trading, the Pakistan Stock Exchange sees a bullish trend as the KSE 100-Index rises 1361 points, bringing the stock market to over 81,300 points.

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Significant surge in the price of gold in Pakistan

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On Friday, the price of gold in Pakistan continued to increase.

According to the All-Pakistan Gems and Jewellers Sarafa Association, the price of 24-karat gold per tola has risen by Rs2,200, reaching Rs249,000.

The price of 10-gram 24-karat gold increased by Rs1,886, reaching a total of Rs213,477. On Thursday, the cost of 10 grammes of 22-karat gold was Rs195,687.

The global gold market likewise had a rising trajectory. As per APGJSA, the worldwide rate was $2,404 per ounce, showing a decline of $24 during the course of the trading day.

The local market witnessed constant silver prices at Rs2,900 per tola.

Market observers attribute the increase in gold prices to other variables, such as volatility in the global market, currency exchange rates, and economic conditions. The ongoing surge in gold prices is likely to impact investment choices and consumer behaviour in the near future.

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