Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Central banks stepping up to the gold window

India's central bank purchase of 200 tons of IMF gold grabbed the biggest headlines, but central banks from other countries are also buying gold. More are inevitably considering increasing their gold reserves in diversifying away from the USDollar.


China, now the world's largest gold producer, has been stealthily increasing its gold reserves, doubling its tonnage since 2003.

Of particular interest is this note in the article:

The Royal Bank of Australia has not bought any gold since selling two-thirds of its reserve in 1997.

Australia is a huge exporter of natural resources, including gold. It would not surprise me if they keep more of their output for domestic use going forward. Selling gold in the latest 90's was classic selling at the bottom, much like Great Britain's Gordon Brown did.

In an amusing sequence of press releases, the Russia State Depository announced they would sell 50 tons of gold on the open market. A day iater, the Russian central bank denounced the planned gold sale (in light of gold's rising prices). The day after that, the State Depository announced any gold sales would end up in Russia's central bank. One has to appreciate totalitarianism.

Net purchasing--instead of selling, by central bankers worldwide infers gold's surge in price won't end any time soon.

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