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venerdì 1 maggio 2015

L'oro di Dubai resta senza acquirenti


Accidenti, poveri rivenditori di Dubai... pare che non vendan più. Si lamentano che, causa crollo dei prezzi del petrolio, non ci sono più tutti quei milionari sauditi e russi che passano a comprare un po' dei loro metalli non tassati. "Il mercato è morto" dice un venditore.

La quantità d'oro nelle vetrine che non trova grandi acquirenti ammonterebbe a circa 25 tonnellate e i prezzi sono ora a sconto anzichè a premium sopra la quotazione spot, come d'abitudine.


da Bloomberg:
Under streets and alleys covered by roofs to protect window shoppers from the intense desert sun, more than 300 stores peddle everything from ingots to Bedouin jewelry. The Dubai Gold Souk had become one of the largest such marketplaces, offering tax-free precious metal, as Persian Gulf oil wealth ballooned in the past few decades.

Now, with the plunge in crude throttling economies across the Middle East, gold buyers are harder to find. Demand for the metal is slowing in the region and Dubai has seen a drop-off in some visitors. Shopkeepers say sales are declining because tourists from Saudi Arabia and Russia have less cash to spend. Sellers offer discounts for gold that two years ago fetched a premium.

“The market is dead,” Jeffrey Rhodes, who has spent 27 years in Dubai’s gold industry and founded Rhodes Precious Metals Consultancy DMCC, said by telephone on April 21. “There’s no real demand here”...

Even with fewer shoppers in the market, which rose to prominence in the 1940s and is spaced across two buildings as high as six floors, Dubai is still a major trading hub. The weight of all the gold jewelry on display comes to about 25 metric tons, the same as five Indian elephants, according to an association representing the vendors.

Shopping trips from the Middle East “are fewer and shorter, and they spend less,” Gerhard Schubert, founder of Schubert Commodities Consultancy DMCC and a member of the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre’s responsible sourcing committee, said by telephone from Dubai on April 28. “This will be even worse after Ramadan, during the Eid holiday when you normally have a million Saudis coming over. I’m sure the numbers will be down this year”...

“We are still surviving, but everyone is worried about the future."
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