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Chennai or ‘Namma Chennai’ as it is called by the locals fondly translates to ‘our Chennai’. It was a fishing town where the British strategically built their trading hub in South India at St. Fort George and was later made their administrative capital. Present day Chennai is famous for its thriving temples and colonial architectural marvels. The city is also a manufacturing hub for automobile and shipping industry. Buying gold jewellery for investment and personal purposes is common among the residents. This why the gold rate in Chennai is followed by the masses. Chennai is a city which prides itself in its local flavour, culture and its language – Tamil. The festival of Tamilians as its called, Pongal is the biggest celebrated festival across the state and its capital. Many monuments exhibiting timeless colonial architecture like the High Court, St. Fort George, The Armenian Church, Chepauk Palace, Santhome church are among other attractions like Kapaleeswar temple and Parthasarathi temple.

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How is gold rate determined?

The price of gold in India depends on multiple factors. This includes, but is not limited to the following factors:

1) Gold production

2) Inflation

3) Government's gold reserves

4) Demand and supply of gold in the global commodity market

5) Import rates

6) Interest rates

7) Taxes and levies

8) Local demand. 

As a denizen and fellow gold loan borrower, it is imperative for you to stay updated about the latest gold rate in cityname. It is not unusual to find a little variation between the market gold price and the gold valuation offered by the lender. The difference in price primarily occurs because the lender calculates the average gold price of 22-Karat gold based on the rates from the past thirty days and extrapolates the gold gram rate. Hence, the value of the gold you get depends on the average gold price and the lender's loan to value ratio. As per the recent directive of the RBI, lenders can give loans of up to 90% of the gold's market value till March 31, 2021.

KDM vs Hallmark gold - What's the difference?

The purity and quality of gold is something buyers are always apprehensive of. There are different types of gold that buyers can choose from. Buyers often have a tough time distinguishing between the Hallmark gold and the KDM gold. 

1) Hallmark Gold: Hallmark gold is the type of gold upon which, tests are conducted at assaying centers and is approved for sale by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). Hallmark gold is available in four varieties being 23 Karat, 22 Karat, 21 Karat, and 18 Karat.

2) KDM Gold: KDM gold is a type of gold made combining 8% cadmium with 92% gold. Not only does this tamper with the purity of gold, but it also has certain health risks associated with it because of which the production of this gold has been terminated. 

What is QE and how does it affect Gold Prices?

Quantitative easing, or commonly known as QE, is an economic policy. It comes into action, in case other policies have run out of steam and stopped working.

  • Definition of Quantitative Easing:QE is monetary policy that promotes the idea of injecting money into an economy not by regulations, but instead via printing currency. Typically QE is regarded as a short-term solution to boost the economy after a crisis.
  • Significance of QE:Typically, Central Banks around the world uses interest rate manipulation as the primary technique to control the flow of money in an economy. However, lowering interest rates did not work during the economic downturn of 2008 and countries resorted to this method.
  • The Methodology of QE:As already mentioned, central banks inject money into an economy with this method. In case, the inflation is low, and banks are not lending, central banks then print new money and buy assets. This sudden increase in money drops interest rates and the value of a currency, which prompts banks to lend at a lower rate. Resultantly, economic activities increase.

The connection between QE and Gold is inversely proportional. It means, with the implementation of quantitative easing, the price of gold drops and vice versa. Thus, conservative investors, who believe gold is the future, advises investing more in gold, instead of other modes.

How is Gold’s purity determined?

Gold is one of the most precious metals that do not corrode with time. Thus, from time immemorial, gold has been used to make jewellery and as a substitute to currency. Therefore, it is imperative to assess the gold’s purity to derive its actual value.

Following are some of the most commonly used methods to determine gold’s purity.

  • Karat or “K” is considered as one of the gold purity units. There are 0 to 24 grades on this Karat system, and each number denotes the gold purity of varying items. One can also convert this Karat to a percentage by dividing the Karat number by 24 and then multiplying it by 100. Nevertheless, 24K gold is considered to be the purest form of gold.
  • Gold merchants, however, use different techniques to measure gold purity. They either use traditional acid test where the gold of different purity are dipped into nitric acid and then matched with known K-labelled samples. Alternatively, they also use a digital gold tester that shows the most accurate result.
  • The buyers, nevertheless, can refer to the hallmark that is tattooed in the inner portion of any gold article. It rightly shows the purity, Karat weight, etc., of that particular gold article.

Individuals need to check gold purity before buying or selling.

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