Gold at record high as virus spike lifts safe-haven demand

Mumbai: Gold prices hit an all-time high on Wednesday, tracking a global rally, as surging coronavirus cases in many countries raised the metal’s safe-haven appeal. Gold futures hit an all-time high of Rs 48,871 per 10 grams in early trade, taking their gains to 25% in 2020 so far. In thin trade, dealers were offering a discount of up to $22 an ounce over official domestic prices on Wednesday afternoon, up from the last week’s $18. The domestic price includes a 12.5% import tax and 3% sales tax. Reuters

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