Gold ETFs See Strong Demand In Volatile October After Robust Global Gold Demand In Q3

November 7, 2018

Gold ETFs saw inflows in volatile October as investors again hedged risk
– Gold ETFs see demand of 16.5 tonnes(t) in October to total of 2,346t, the equivalent of US$1B in inflows
– Global gold demand was robust in Q3 – demand of 964.3 tonnes – plus 6.2t yoy
– Strong central bank and store of value coin and bar demand offset the gold ETF outflows in Q3
– Central bank gold reserves grew 148.4t in Q3, up 22% yoy
– Gold coin and bar investors took advantage of the price dip and demand for gold coins and bars rose 28% yoy

The latest research from the World Gold Council on gold demand trends in Q3 and demand for gold ETFs in October are must reads and point to strong ongoing demand which bodes well for the gold market in the coming  months.

According to the World Gold Council, gold demand was 964.3t in Q3 which was 6.2t higher y-o-y.

Gold coin and bar demand jumped 28% to 298.1t as investors and store of value buyers took advantage of the lower gold price and sought protection against currency weakness and tumbling stock markets.

Jewellery demand rose 6% in Q3 as lower prices seem to have caught Asian consumers’ attention. Technology registered its eighth consecutive quarter of y-o-y growth, up 1%.

Central bank gold buying was robust again as a growing number of central bank buyers saw demand in this sector rise 22% y-o-y to 148.4t, the highest level of quarterly net purchases since 2015.

The 13% rise in global gold demand offset large ETF outflows, primarily from the U.S. market.

However, those gold ETF outflows reversed in a very volatile October and global gold ETFs and similar products rose in October by 16.5 tonnes(t) to 2,346t which was the equivalent to US$1.0bn in inflows

Excellent research, data and charts from WGC here:

Positive inflows in gold-backed ETFs as investors hedge risk (Gold.org)

Gold Demand Trends Q3 2018 (Gold.org)

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Mark O'Byrne is executive and research director of www.GoldCore.com which he founded in 2003. GoldCore have become one of the leading gold brokers in the world and have over 4,000 clients in over 40 countries and with over $200 million in assets under management and storage.We offer mass affluent, HNW, UHNW and institutional investors including family offices, gold, silver, platinum and palladium bullion in London, Zurich, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai and Perth. 

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