Taking all this together, it is clear that the Eastern gold demand is largely offsetting the Western disinterest. The real effects of this evolution will become clear once the interest from the West will heat up.
The chart of foreign central bank gold holdings at the Fed over the past fifteen years shows little activity except for 2007 and 2008, when just under 410 tonnes was withdrawn – big sellers during that period included Switzerland (250 tonnes) and France (227 tonnes). It would seem that the remaining central banks holding around 6,000 tonnes are generally happy with the Fed’s free custodial storage service.
“The only thing a silver miner must be careful about in adopting an approach of openly petitioning the regulators to address the goings on in COMEX dealings is to stick to the facts and don’t say anything wrong. Unfortunately, there are an incredible amount of misstatements of fact regarding the COMEX’s role in setting silver prices that a miner repeating them will reduce any petition to a fool’s errand. I would assist any miner desiring to petition the regulators.”
Based on these data, except for the Perth Mint in Australia, all other sources are reporting a huge increase in demand for coins and bars across the globe. Retail investors primarily are looking taking advantage of these bargain prices. The price setting in the COMEX futures market has its effect on real world demand. The question is, when will wholesale demand start piling up on precious metals to trigger a supply shortage? That would be fun to observe … but we are unfortunately not there yet … prices should go even lower to trigger such a situation.
It turns out that silver nanoparticles are not as solid as initially thought, making their use in electronic components and circuits a bit challenging as gadgets become increasingly smaller. Fortunately, there is a solution.
Gold prices climbed to their highest level since Sept. 10 last week, breaking above the $1,250 an ounce level. Gold’s outlook this week will depend largely on the Federal Reserve policy meeting, when the U.S. central bank is widely expected to end its bond-buying stimulus. The Fed’s two-day meeting, which begins today will also be watched for clues on whether any slowdown in Europe or elsewhere could affect the central bank’s monetary policy. On Monday, October 27, some of the biggest financial news of the year made huge waves all over Asia. Yet in the Western press, this hugely important event was barely even been mentioned.
Investors are likely to increase their net silver purchases in the years ahead, largely due to an ongoing weak global economy, for capital preservation and silver’s pedigree as a leading industrial metal, according to a report released today by the Silver Institute. The report, entitled “Silver Investment Demand,” suggests that investors may accumulate as much as one billion additional ounces of silver in various investment instruments over the next decade. This is on top of the more than 860 million ounces of silver purchased as an investment since 2006.
If the referendum in Switzerland goes in favor of the country going back to the gold standard, and other factors come into play in the global markets, the precious metal’s prices will skyrocket in no time. With all this said, every time gold bullion prices have declined, I have been telling my readers it’s a buying opportunity. The way I look at it, the precious metal has had a solid 12 years of gains and in 2013, when prices declined, it was pretty much a gift for investors.
As evidenced by the Russian central bank, it appears that Russia has added another 1,200,000 ounces of physical gold to their reserves. Total Russian gold reserves now stand at 37,000,000 ounces, or 1049 tonnes. The following chart, courtesy Goldchartsrus, shows the increase of Russian gold reserves over the last 8 years. It is very interesting to note how September 2014 attributed to the biggest month-on-month increase ever. Only in May 2010 was there an increase which came close to the one of last month with an addition of 1.1 million ounces.
This is a translation of a speech delivered by Xu Luode, Chairman of the Shanghai Gold Exchange, about China’s gold market. He said he thinks China’s gold market is developing very well. He is very confident about the launch of our international board and very optimistic about the development of our gold market as a whole. In terms of development opportunities for the entire gold market in China. There is a tremendous potential for China’s physical gold market.
The red line is clear: as of 2013, when the futures market has been pushing precious metals prices significantly down, the physical market has been reviving every time again. Although safe haven demand for gold coins has gone up, silver has done even better in relative terms given an increasing gold to silver price ratio.
September has been a poor month for precious metals. Gold is down 5.2%, despite it being gold’s strongest month from a seasonal perspective. The price fall means that gold is heading for the first quarterly loss this year. As a dollar-driven rally spurred by U.S. economic growth and after the U.S. Federal Reserve indicated it could raise interest rates sooner than expected earlier this month, gold prices have come under pressure for the entire month of September. However, as there has not been any dumping of the physical metal and as demand remains relatively robust one can surmise that this selling can only be the nefarious activities of the large bullion banks trying to suppress the price of the yellow metal once again and thus give the general public that illusion that owing gold is not as good as owning the U.S. dollar or equities.
In recent years, the production of fake and counterfeit gold and silver bullion products has been on the rise. This infographic provides the elementary insights as well as tips/tricks to distinguish real from fake gold. Several tests can help you detect whether you are dealing with real gold; think of a magnet test, ice cube test, ping test, acid test, weight test and ultrasound test.