The price of gold in Vietnam declined on February 8 as global bullion prices plummeted after Jerome Powell, Chairman of the US Federal Reserve (Fed), sent a message that interest rates may increase further in the future to curb inflation.
From the early morning of January 31, the day of the God of Fortune (the 10th day of the first month in the lunar calendar), many large gold stores in Ho Chi Minh City busily welcomed customers who bought gold for luck.
After the US Federal Reserve (FED) announced to raise the benchmark interest rate by 75 basis points, or 0.75 percentage points, to 3.75-4 percent per annum as expected, gold, stocks, and US dollars at banks fell on November 3. Only the US dollar price on the free market jumped sharply.
After declining by VND1.3 million per tael the previous day, the price of gold in Vietnam continued to drop by VND1-1.4 million per tael to VND63.5 million per tael on September 28, following the losing momentum of the global gold price.
The price of SJC gold in Vietnam made a U-turn, climbing to more than VND66 million per tael (1.2 ounces) while the global gold price moved inversely, so SJC gold is currently nearly VND18 million per tael higher than the global gold price.
While the price of SJC gold on July 15 is more than VND20 million per tael (1.2 ounces) higher than the global gold price, other 9999-gold rings are currently VND15-16 million per tael lower than that of SJC gold bars which are also 9999 gold.
The Vietnam stock market in the first trading session of the week on January 24 was quite negative when investors dumped stocks heavily. Foreign investors also net sold about VND220 billion on the HoSE.