18 Jul '11, 3pm

Gold prices reach record highs

SINGAPORE : Gold prices reached new record highs on Monday, soaring above the US$1,600 per ounce. Prices were pushed up as US politicians failed to reach an agreement on raising the debt ceiling and amid continued concerns over Europe's sovereign crisis. Analysts said that such precious metals are likely to see more upside this week as market sentiment remains cautious. This is perhaps good news for those in the pawn business. Customers have been known to sell ornaments, souvenirs, or even gold teeth to cash in on rising gold prices. On the back of continued concerns in the global economy, investors are once again flocking to the traditional safe haven. ValueMax Bullion, the wholesale gold component of a pawn shop in Singapore, said it purchased on average of 30 per cent more gold in comparison to daily purchases six months ago as more customers look to offload their gold ...

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