Dubai: New Basel III rules to dictate gold prices this week

Dubai - 24K price is expected to trade between Dh205 and Dh220 during the week

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Waheed Abbas

Published: Sun 27 Jun 2021, 8:34 AM

Last updated: Sun 27 Jun 2021, 8:39 AM

The Basel III rules, which will come into effect on June 28, will dictate the gold prices this week, say analysts.

Under the Basel III rules, allocated gold will become a zero-risk asset for European banks while unallocated/paper gold will be considered risky and banks will need to collateralise 85 per cent of the value with cash.

“Ultimately the new rules will make it more costly for banks to hold unallocated gold accounts. So, the response could go one of two ways: Either banks will raise their costs to investors for unallocated gold, which will lower gold demand and hurt prices,” said Vijay Valecha, chief investment officer at Century Financial.

"Or banks would focus more on offering allocated gold accounts, creating a scramble for more physical gold bullion. The resulting liquidity squeeze would push gold prices much higher."

The new Basel III framework comes into force on June 28 for European banks and on January 1, 2022, for British banks, which would be a great game-changer for physical demand.

It was a choppy last week for the precious metal due to conflicting signals from the US Federal Reserve officials over the inflation outlook. Spot gold last closed 0.34 per cent higher at $1,781.29 per ounce.

Nonetheless, the psychological mark of $1,800 which coincides with the 100-day moving average at $1,795 has acted as a strong resistance for the metal,” said Valecha.

“Unless, the metal clears this mark, bulls may not be able to unleash additional gains. Meanwhile, $1,763-60 region is strong support area for the metal. The metal is expected to remain range-bound between these levels and only a sustained break on either side will determine the next direction in gold,” he added.

In the UAE, 24K gold price was trading at Dh215.75 per gram, 22K at Dh202.75, 21K at Dh193.5 and 18K at Dh165.75 on Sunday morning.

In UAE, Valecha expects 24K gold price trading between Dh205 and Dh220 during the week.

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