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04-09-2018 05:00 PM

Gold prices rose on Tuesday morning in Asia, focused in part by a rising currency disaster in Argentina. The peso hit a record low on Monday and President Mauricio Macrisweared to employ “emergency” process to determine the crisis.

Gold was trading lower at $1206.40 at the time of preparing this report.

Argentina publicized on Monday new severity measures with the eventual goal of in due course balancing the budget by next year. This process includes new taxes on exports and further slashes to government spending. The Macri government wants to fasten the release of a $50 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Macri said poverty levels would increase as inflation rises to over 30%. The country raised interest rates to 60% in late August.

Markets have stayed on edge about the currency crisis in Turkey, where the central bank vowed to re-examine monetary policy later in September and consumer-price inflation rose in August to 17.9%, up from 15.9% in July. The Turkish lira has lost about 40% value against the U.S. dollar this year.

Turkey’s central bank said in a statement on Monday that “recent developments concerning the inflation viewpointspecifymajor risks to price stability. The monetaryposition will be in tune at the September monetary policy committee meeting in view of the latest developments.”

The U.S dollar index went up 0.13% to 95.18 on Tuesday morning.

Also following gold prices was the revelation by Reserve Bank of India in its annual report on Monday that it bought 8.5 tons of gold through the 2017-18 financial year, the first gold purchase in nine years.

According to Mr.Ponmudi - “accumulation of gold to RBI’s forex reserves is perhaps a diversification of assets for their operation, keeping in mind both the increase of reserves in 2017 as well as the growing global risks, together with market volatility and rising policy rates in the U.S.”

   
 
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