Italian business leaders (92%) and citizens (85%) overwhelmingly agree that the nation’s gold reserves have an important and positive role to play in the country’s economic recovery.
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an Alternative to Austerity
We are witnessing some of the biggest changes to the Eurozone since it was created. Recent steps to resolve, or at least stem, the Eurozone debt crisis are moving apace and discussions of greater fiscal, economic and, even, political union are gathering momentum. Can gold be part of the solution?
Gold provides governments with a potent, time-tested way to protect a nation’s wealth from the ravages of inflation and economic shocks.
Optimal gold allocation for emerging-market central banks
As part of gold's growing financial usage the World Gold Council conducted a case study to examine gold's potential role on bank balance sheets as part of new liquidity buffers being discussed in global banking regulations within Basel III.
New collateral practices mean that gold investors can now use their gold holdings as a source of collateral at some clearing houses.
Gold is the world's oldest international currency, having played a role in most countries' currency systems for well over two thousand years. Gold's scarcity, the fact that it does not corrode or tarnish, its malleability and status across civilisations have all made it eminently suitable as a form of money.
How much gold emerging-market central banks should be holding from a domestic currency perspective.Download (PDF 1.6 MB)
This case study examines gold’s potential role on bank balance sheets.Download (PDF 1.6 MB)