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India's central bank moves 100 tonnes of its UK gold reserves to its domestic vaults


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Mon 08 Jul 2024 | 09:55 PM
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India's central bank has moved a little more than 100 metric tons of gold from the UK to its domestic vaults, the Times of India newspaper reported, opens new tab on Friday, citing sources.

A similar quantity of the precious metal might be coming to the country in the coming months, the report said, adding that the move was for logistical reasons and diversified storage.

The Reserve Bank of India held 822.10 tons of gold at March-end, of which 408.31 tons were held domestically.

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Central banks globally have been increasing reserves held in gold, often seen as a hedge against currency volatility and geopolitical risks.

The RBI decided to move gold to India as the stock was building up overseas, the TOI reported.

India’s central bank probably increased its gold reserves by the most in almost two years last month, according to a World Gold Council analyst.

The Reserve Bank of India added more than nine tons in June, based on calculations using weekly data from the bank, Krishan Gopaul said in a post on social medial platform X. That’s the most since July 2022, and means India’s reserves have expanded by 37 tons this year to 841 tons, he said.

Central bank buying has been a key driver of bullion’s rally this year that sent prices to a record in May. The size of purchases has been a big focus and question mark for the market, as they can be delayed or not reported fully.

A large number of central banks still planned to buy gold in the coming year, spurred by heightened geopolitical and financial risks that make owning the metal more attractive, according to a recent survey by the WGC. About 20 planned to raise their holdings, according to the survey, which didn’t disclose which nations expect to buy.

India has been a major buyer of gold in recent years, alongside countries such as China and Turkey.