Gold-buying frenzy grips Vietnam and Thailand as economic fears mount


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Anxious consumers in Vietnam and Thailand are rushing to buy gold – a sign of Asia’s mounting alarm, analysts say, over currency devaluations against the US dollar, inflation, and geopolitical uncertainty.
Visible queues of buyers waiting to snap up chunks of the yellow metal have persisted outside banks in the Southeast Asian nations for months, in scenes that underscore a growing sense of economic and geopolitical instability rippling through the region.
“What they are trying to do is to protect themselves against local currency depreciation,” said Singapore-based commodities and financial markets expert Michael Langford.