by Tekoa Da Silva, Bull Market Thinking:
I had the chance this morning to reconnect with Vishal Vyas, head of operations of India’s top bullion dealer, Pushpak Bullions Pvt. Ltd.
It was a sobering conversation, as Vishal indicated that the Indian government has just stepped in and crushed the domestic gold market with punitive taxation and trade controls. He also indicated that Dubai is now becoming a major recipient of “gold tourism”—with tourists flooding into the United Arab Emirates in order to buy gold.
Speaking to the recent steps taken by the Indian government to smash demand coming from the world’s largest gold market, Vishal said, “In India, due to the monetary policy and pressure from the finance ministry to control the current account deficit, the government is trying to curb the import of gold into India. They [just] increased customs duties by 2%, which is now at 8%. Apart from that, they have also banned the import of gold on a consignment basis—which was the normal practice worldwide to import gold.”
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