Gold ETF Demand soared in 2016

Total Gold demand increased by 2% in 2016, mostly driven by ETF demand. In fact, ETF demand accounted for more than 100% of the increase. All other sectors saw a decline in demand. The worst was jewellery demand that declined rapidly in the first 3 quarters, but picked up again in the fourth quarter. Highlights


Gold’s spectacular 2 month rally!

The Gold price had a spectacular rally of 18% in less than two months from $1,050 to $1,240. Yesterday’s $40 move made everybody take note. Let’s take a step back and look at the World Gold Council’s (WGC) statistics for the 4th quarter of 2015 that were published yesterday. After declines in the first half-year,

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The Zuma Rubicon!

On 8 July this year I wrote a blog called “Trying to make sense of this market routing”. The JSE just experienced a big fall and everybody was worried. I explained that if you see different scenarios developing in the equity market and Bond market, trust the Bond market. The Bond market is much more

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ANG, AMS, MDC, RDF, BVT still firmly entrenched in their downward trends – iTrade Fantasy League Update

You might wonder why we are not fully invested in the top four shares in every sector according to the Facebook voting lists in our iTrade Fantasy League. You select the shares, but we select the timing and stop-loss levels to limit losses and thereby enhance the profits of the portfolio. Here is a wrap-up

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Technical Analysis made easy with our new investment research platform – Trading Central!

Technical Analysis Research by Trading Central with over fifteen years of Track Record. Trading Central is a leading investment research provider to financial market professionals. The market depth and knowledge that this provider has achieved, is the result of lengthy experience on the trading floors of many banking institutions. Trading Central is considered a global benchmark

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This time the oil price can stay low for longer

Looking at the oil price graph from 1996, it is clear that the oil price never stayed low for long after a substantial drop. In 1998 the oil price dropped more than 50% from over $20 to below $10, but it recovered back to $20 in only six months. Same 50% drop ($35 to $17)

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Gold Jewellery Demand Drops 30%!

The World Gold Council just released second quarter demand and supply statistics. On the supply side not much happened with total supply increasing by 10% from the second quarter of 2013. What is interesting though is that producers are starting to hedge future production again. They hedged 50 tons in Q2 compared to -15 tons