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2 more State-run Vietnamese banks start online gold bullion sale

2 more State-run Vietnamese banks start online gold bullion sale

Monday, June 17, 2024, 18:30 GMT+7
2 more State-run Vietnamese banks start online gold bullion sale
BIDV and Agribank announced plans to sell gold bullions online from June 17, 2024. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

State-run Vietnamese lenders BIDV and Agribank announced that they began selling gold bullions online from Monday.

Earlier, Vietcombank, another state-run local bank, announced its online gold bullion sale service on Wednesday last week.

At BIDV, customers can register gold purchases between 9:30 am and 11:30 am every day.

The bank will refuse new registrations when it receives enough registrations for handling in a day. 

Customers successfully making registrations will make payments and receive the purchased gold from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm on the same day.

BIDV will sell gold bullions to only customers who make registrations and arrive at venues to receive gold at the time announced by the bank.

Meanwhile, Agribank’s customers can make registrations to purchase gold bullions on the bank’s website from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm from Monday to Friday every week.

The time for making payments and receiving gold is between 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm.

Both BIDV and Agribank announced that they will cancel appointments with customers if they come to the venue late by 30 minutes or later.

Earlier, the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) decided to directly sell gold bars to four state-run banks – Vietcombank, VietinBank, Agribank, and BIDV instead of continuing holding auctions.

The four banks would later sell the gold bullion to customers.

According to the central bank, the solution has proved effective as the gap between domestic and global gold prices has shrunk. 

However, as the banks directly sold gold bullions to residents at their transaction points while the number of customers in need of buying gold bullions was large, customers had to form long queues.

Some people hired others to queue up at banks’ gold outlets to hoard gold bullion in a bid to push the gold prices up and earn profits, according to the central bank.

As a result, three out of the four state-run Vietnamese banks have offered gold bullions online.

The central bank has asked the Ministry of Public Security to help ensure security at gold sales points and heavily punish those spreading inaccurate information and involved in manipulation and speculation on the domestic gold market.

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Thanh Ha - Anh Hong / Tuoi Tre News


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