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Are The Underlying Mechanics Of The Largest Gold ETF A Cause For Concern

Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) are an important element in the global gold market. The largest gold ETF is the “SPDR Gold Trust,” which is traded on the New York Stock Exchange Arca (NYSE Arca) under the symbol “GLD.” In this article, we will examine how GLD works to understand its role in the gold market and its impact on the gold price.

Introduction

In general, ETFs are funds that hold and track the price of assets like a commodity or stock market index.


50-year chart shows how cheap gold price still is relative to stocks

The gold price was drifting sideways on Thursday, down some $50 an ounce from a brief (but glorious) near seven-year intraday high above $1,600 an ounce a fortnight ago.

But the metal remains firmly in a bull market with a 20%-plus rise over the past year. Go back 20 years, and the rally is even more spectacular considering at the turn of the century gold was trading for a relative pittance of $270 an ounce.


Could Trump’s Next Fed Chair Be A “Goldbug”?

This week, Donald Trump formally nominated Judy Shelton and Christopher Waller for vacant governorships on the Federal Reserve. Waller, the Vice President of the Richmond Fed, is widely viewed as a standard Fed nominee with the reputation of being a “dove” who has criticized recent interest rate hikes.

It is Judy Shelton who is particularly interesting.

A former campaign adviser for Trump, Shelton has been a vocal Fed critic who has praised the gold standard in the past.


China’s Gold Hoarding: Will It Cause The Price Of Gold To Rise?

There are reasons to think that the gold price will rise faster than expected.

Since 2009 China has withdrawn 12,000 tonnes of gold from the rest of the world, where the short and medium-term gold price is set. For reasons I will explain, a tighter market outside of China can make the price of gold price rise faster than many expect. I believe the gold price will rise, because of excessive debt levels around the world, and incessant money printing by central banks.


Bridgewater: Gold Could Push Above $2,000 as Fed Ignores Inflation

Peter Schiff has been saying the Federal Reserve is going to let the inflation monster loose and this is going to be good for gold. Some people in the mainstream are starting to pick up on this theme. During a recent interview with the Financial Times, Bridgewater Associates co-chief investment officer Greg Jensen said gold


World Gold Council launches analytic tool for investors

The World Gold Council (WGC) has introduced a web-based quantitative tool that helps investors intuitively understand the drivers of gold performance.

The new platform, called Qaurum, will allow investors to assess how gold may react across different economic environments in three steps.

First, select a hypothetical macroeconomic scenario provided by Oxford Economics, a leader in global forecasting and quantitative analysis, or customize your own, then, generate forecasts of gold demand and supply and view the impact of key macro drivers.