Gold is likely to touch Rs 18,000 per 10 gram during the forthcoming festival season as the demand for the yellow metal peaks around Diwali time, according to a projection by industry body Assocham.
Gold prices is expected to increase by Rs 2,000 per 10 gram by Diwali, which is followed by a marriage season in the country, it said. Currently gold prices are hovering around Rs 16,000 per 10 gram.
"The bullion is likely to gradually see spurt in it's prices and stay around Rs 18,000 per 10 gram by Diwali," Assocham President Sajjan Jindal said.
This is due to the fact that more and more investors are flocking to take refuge to gold as an asset class as it happens to be the best bet against rising inflation, Assocham said.
The high valuations of stocks and its attendant risk have by and large motivating investors to part shift to gold as an investment class, it said
The chamber has suggested that those who want to invest in gold, should not purchase jewellery but instead buy the metal from Singapore or Dubai in form of bars. It also said buying pure gold from banks is costly because one has to pay about 25 per cent more than the market price.