The country’s top two exchanges BSE and NSE recorded a total turnover of over Rs 2,200 crore in gold ETFs on Dhanteras — an auspicious occasion for gold buying as per Hindu tradition — yesterday.

The total traded value of gold ETF (exchange traded fund) on the NSE stood at a record value of Rs 1,337 crore, while the BSE recorded a turnover of Rs 894.55 crore, the two exchanges said separately.

Dhanteras is considered an auspicious day to buy precious metals like gold and the exchanges held a special trading session yesterday.

Gold ETFs track gold prices and each unit of these ETFs is generally calculated at the rate of one gram of the metal. It carries advantage like 99.5 per cent purity assurance over physical gold.

In terms of volume, the number of gold ETF units traded went up by 81 per cent to 4,441 kg on the NSE over the same day last year, the exchange said.

“Over the last decade, gold investments have been one of the best performing asset classes moving from about Rs 4,000 per 10 grams to over Rs 30,000 today.

“And during this time the rupee has depreciated against all major currencies. One of the reasons gold prices remain firm is that it is a limited resource and cannot be printed like paper currency,” Religare Securities President (Retail Distribution) Jayant Manglik said.

The exchanges conducted a special trading session in gold ETFs between 11 am and 3.30 pm yesterday. The special session was organised to give an opportunity to investors to invest in gold.

Besides, the bourses had also waived off the transaction charges for all trades in gold ETFs to cash in on the investor demand.

(This article was published on November 12, 2012)
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