Precious Metals

Precious Metals

Should you Be Investing in Gold in 2018?


For those who are doing some ‘New Year’ investment portfolio rebalancing for the year ahead, on asset class being tipped for a strong 2018 is gold. With interest rates rising, buying gold may seem counterintuitive as part of an ‘out with the old and in with the new’ reassessment of investment weightings.

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Gold jewellery demand down in the UK

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Demand for gold jewellery in the UK falls: World Gold Council

Demand for gold has decreased in Europe, according to the World Gold Council (WGC). The demand is particularly down in the UK where demand fell 10% to a three-year low of 3.8t. The council released its gold trend for Q2 2017 and reported a 4% fall in demand for gold jewellery across Europe. Globally, the demand for gold jewellery was 480.8t which was 8% higher year-on-year. In some parts, global gold demand in Q2 2017 fell 10% compared with the same period in 2016.

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Gold slips on tensions over the Korean peninsula

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Gold falls as investors kept a close watch on Korean peninsula

Gold fell as the dollar went up, but held near two-month highs as investors kept a close watch on tensions over the Korean peninsula. Spot gold was down 0.2 per cent at $1,286.39 per ounce after marking its highest since June 7 at $1,291.86 an ounce. U.S. gold futures for December delivery fell 0.12 per cent to $1,292.4 per ounce.

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Gold worth $248bn kept under London’s streets

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A majority of London’s gold is reportedly kept in vaults under the Bank of London

A majority of the UK’s gold is kept under London and it is worth £172 billion ($248 billion). Out of the 6,256 tonnes of gold kept under the Capital’s streets, the majority – 5,134 tonnes – is reportedly kept in vaults under the Bank of England on Threadneedle Street.

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Physical gold is the best hedge against economic uncertainties

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Physical gold is the best hedge against unpredictable monetary policies and economic risks

Holding gold is desirable but it depends on the form of the precious metal in which you hold it, to really pay you off in the long term.

It is not about just holding gold, but the form matters which give you protection against global economic uncertainties. Holding gold in its physical form is much more beneficial than other varieties of gold holdings. Investing in gold offers tax benefits and security which makes it an attractive choice over other forms of investment.

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Low platinum cost pushes jewellery demand


For budget-conscious ring-bearers, the preferred material might be platinum.

According to Platinum Guild International, the low platinum price in 2016 had retailers stocking up on the precious metal, with Indians and Americans the most likely to put a platinum ring on it. In India platinum demand soared 11.4%, while in the U.S., demand grew 5.4%.

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