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Indian, Chinese love affairs with gold turn financial

Section: Daily Dispatches

By Henry Sanderson
Financial Times, London
Monday, October 24, 2016

For Surender Kumar Jindal, one of the biggest sellers of gold and silver bars in India, this year has not been good for business.

Gold may have rallied 20 per cent in US dollar terms, putting it on course for its first annual rise in four years. For the Indian market, though, that has contributed to a fall in demand for the physical metal. ...

Lacklustre demand in India marks a fundamental change for the physical gold market. After prices dropped in 2013, hefty buying from India and China saw hundreds of tonnes of metal flow eastward from vaults in London.

However, analysts say this does not mean the world's two largest consumers of the metal have lost their love for bullion, rather that the way people buy gold there is changing.

In China, gold is becoming an increasingly popular investment product through platforms run by the country's state-owned banks that allow investments on the Shanghai Gold Exchange via smartphones and online. New financial investment products such as gold exchange traded funds have also started to see inflows. ...

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