The local market witnessed Rs 200 jump in a tola (11.664 gram) gold to Rs 52,898 from last Wednesday's closing of Rs 52,698.
Before Tihar — the festival that sees more trading of precious yellow metal — also the gold price has jumped by Rs 400 per tola keeping the buyers away from the bullion market. But price volatility could not impact the sale in the domestic market during Tihar as the festival witnessed three times the regular trading, according to Nepal Gold and Silver Dealers Association (NEGOSIDA).
The gold price could not cool down also due to dollar that is weakening against the rupee, though the domestic gold market follow the international market price of gold.
According to the World Gold Council, in the current economic environment, low real yields around the globe incentivise investors to look for additional sources of return, while increased uncertainty and market volatility have increased the importance of risk management.
A distinct allocation to gold within a portfolio including alternative assets like private equity, hedge funds, real estate and commodities, can preserve capital and reduce risk without diminishing long-term returns, concluded the latest research from the World Gold Council.
In summary, the report, which is the first the World Gold Council has produced on alternatives, suggests that even if investors hold alternative assets, they are no substitute for the protection that a distinct allocation to gold can offer.
Findings demonstrate that portfolios with an allocation to gold of between 3.3 per cent and 7.5 per cent — depending on the risk tolerance of the investor and the currency of reference — show higher risk-adjusted returns while consistently lowering Value at Risk (VaR).