There is a view that sovereign gold bonds will adversely affect the growth trajectory of gold exchange-traded funds (open-ended funds traded on stock exchanges) in India. While it is premature to arrive at such a conclusion, the fears are not entirely unfounded, according to some analysts. Before any opinions are formed, however, it would do well to understand the significant differences between bonds and ETFs.
India is commonly referred to as a sub-continent and rightfully so. India has not just a varied geography but a varied demography as well. India is made up of a vast variety of people from all walks of life. While Indian religions, cultures, social ceremonies and auspicious days vary from one ethnic group to another, the one thing that remains constant is our infatuation with gold.
Indians and their love for gold goes back a long way. In several households, rural as well as urban, gold is still considered an important component for investment. Considering the huge demand for gold in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently launched three gold-related schemes. These schemes will not only help consumers invest in gold, but will also allow them to earn interest on gold that’s been lying around.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen commented yesterday that she was “looking forward” to a rise in the US Interest Rate. One wonders what this could possibly mean to the average individual. Well, it certainly means something to anyone who buys gold because this comment led to a major fall in the gold price. In fact, it has slumped to the lowest it has ever been since 2010!