Jonathan Brooks, head of Mining at Fieldfisher, considers how investor and activist pressure is shifting respect for sustainability and ethics from option to obligation.
Gold Investor: risk management and capital preservation, Volume 4, has been published by the World Gold Council, providing access to its latest research on the relevance of gold as an asset class.
In value terms, gold demand in 2012 was US$236.4bn - an all-time high - while demand for the final quarter of the year was 6% higher year-on-year at US$66.2bn, marking the highest ever Q4 total.
Investors in emerging market assets can use gold to reduce the risks associated with exchange rate volatility and benefit from significant cost efficiencies, according to a new report from the World Gold Council.
The World Gold Council has provided a summary outlining its statistics for the market in gold through the third quarter of 2012.
The stages of gold production are explained by the World Gold Council
Investors should re-examine the recent performance and outlook for traditional ‘safe’ assets and instead explore gold’s credentials as an asset that can provide a long-term trusted alternative, says Juan Carlos Artigas, global head of Investment Research...
London based precious metals trader Sharps Pixley says the coming month will be challenging as investors await the outcome of the Jackson Hole gathering of central bankers.
London based precious metals trader Sharps Pixley believes that investors continued to benefit from gold as an asset, despite the price volatility seen in recent months.
Allocating to gold helps UK investors obtain equal or better returns over time, with less volatility, according to a new report by the World Gold Council using data covering a period of 25 years.
Wealth investors and advisers believe that short-term investment decision-making has become the norm, reports the World Gold Council.
Sharps Pixley, the London-based precious metals trader, says central banks kept buying gold over the past month, even as European politicians failed to agree specific steps to tackle the region's sovereign debt crisis.
Global gold demand last quarter fell 5% year on year and bullion's price more recently touched a four month low, but appetite from China, emerging market central banks and ETFs has remained strong, according to the World Gold Council.
Central banks, whose money printing activities are fuelling fears of inflation and driving investors to gold as an un-manipulated store of value, bought bullion themselves last year at the fastest annual rate since 1964.
The case for investing in gold was boosted again today as the Bank of England announced it was increase its money printing program by a further £50bn as an impetus to growth.
The weakness of the euro last year benefited European investors in gold, as bullion priced in US dollars appreciated by 11.6%, once the euro exchange rate was taken into account.
Research by New Frontier Advisers, commissioned and published by the World Gold Council, suggests that gold remains a strategic diversifier for European investors.