India shows hedge-fund savvy with gold grab

Business Day – India is going its own way with a $US6.7 billion ($7.4 billion) gold purchase. The transaction turned heads in markets. While India’s people are major gold hoarders, the government hasn’t been a big one. India really did display the savvy of a hedge fund here. It got what it wanted, surprised markets and will sit back and reap the benefits as gold rallies.

Traders are now betting on who will announce the next big purchase. Will it be China looking to employ its $US2.3 trillion of reserves? What about Japan, which has the second-biggest pile of currency? Or Gulf states working to end dollar hegemony? And let’s not forget about Brazil and South Korea. Well done, India.

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