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Kochi, a city located in the south Indian state of Kerala is known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. Being a port city and its strategic placement near the sea enabled Kochi to bloom into spice trading hub in Kerala in the past. When Vasco da Gama reached Indian shores, Kochi was the first to be turned as a European colony when the Portuguese overtook in 1503. The strategic location of Kochi is the reason for placement of Indian Navy’s Southern Naval Command. The city also houses Kerala headquarters of the Indian Coast Guard. It functions as the commercial, financial and industrial capital of Kerala presently. Keralites also pride themselves in the amount of gold they possess as it is a symbol of wealthy status. They buy gold for weddings, festive occasions, for investment purposes etc. Gold rate in Kochi depends on the demand and supply factor predominantly. Spices, chemical and fertilizers, IT, import and export of container cargo, are the major contributors of the city’s economy. Kochi’s tourist places still has traces of Portuguese culture like Paradesi Synagogue, Santa Cruz Basilica, Jew Town, Mattancherry Palace, Cherai Beach and Kerala Folklore Museum

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Effect of GST on Gold Prices.

The implementation of GST has particularly affected the prices of commodities like gold.

Effect of GST on Gold Prices

As per the new tax structure, the GST on gold is set at 3% for both finished and unfinished products, which will be paid by the end consumer.

Apart from this, the tax regime also levies an additional 5% on making charges of gold jewellery. The additional charges have upshot the price of gold as there were no making charges in the previous taxation system. This rate is, however, a revised version which was initially set at 18%. The initial GST on making charges would have affected the prices of the finished products massively since end-consumers had to bear all the expenses. However, the 3% GST, the 10% import duty, and 5% making charges have made the yellow metal’s price increase by 0.75%.

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.

What is QE and how does it affect Gold Prices?

The intention behind applying quantitative easing is to counter the situation created by an economic slump. Typically, during an economic downturn, the demand for credit goes down and deflation hits. Even though central banks around the world use interest rate manipulation to tackle such situations, QE is usually their last resort.

Points to Know about QE

  1. It is a part of a country’s designated monetary policy
  2. Even though it existed for a long time, the recession of 2008 saw its implementation on a broader scale.
  3. In QE, central banks print new currency to buy assets and inject more cash in the system.
  4. It affects the value of a currency
  5. It works effectively to counter deflation and stimulate an economy
  6. QE is considered as a short-term measure
  • Quantitative Easing and Gold

The relationship between QE and gold is inversely proportionate. It means when money is injected into the system, the price of gold goes down. Although extra money makes it seem like the gold prices are soaring, that isn’t the case.

With the implementation of this tactic, the gold prices largely remain the same, grow but at a slower pace, or even go down during certain instances.

Here Quantitative Easing Tapering is also vital to know about. It means when a central bank agrees to stop new currency printing, which results in a shortfall in the system. So, the flow of cash goes down, but the amount of gold remains the same. Hence, the price of gold increases steeply.

Difference between 18 Karat, 22 Karat and 24 Karat gold

“Karat” is the internationally recognized term used to denote the purity and weight of gold. Higher the Karat, better the purity of gold. 

1) 24 Karat: 24 Karat gold is the purest and most expensive form of gold found in the market. Owing to it’s pliability 24-Karat gold is not usually used to make jewellery and is instead used for investment purposes, in the form of coins or bars. 

2) 22 Karat: 22 Karat gold is generally used in the jewellery industry. In this type, pure gold is mixed with several alloys like zinc, nickel, or silver to make the gold harder and fit for jewellery. Generally, 22 Karat gold is 91.67% pure. 

3)18 Karat: 18 Karat gold is the gold that is prepared by mixing 75% gold with 25% other alloys. 18 Karat gold is the cheapest type of gold available in the market.

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