Gold investment research

Our statistical analysis examines how gold acts as a portfolio diversifier, vehicle for risk management and store of value. To explore our range of reports and publications, visit our Investment research library or review our featured publications below.

Investment Commentary

Gold investment research - Investment Commentary

Despite economic uncertainty in some regions, the gold price declined in the first half of 2015. While puzzling to some investors, this is consistent with market expectations that the risks could be contained. We believe that the gold price already reflects a possible rate hike later this year and that the US-centred perspective is missing a more comprehensive view of the market.

This latest edition of our Investment Commentary examines gold’s year-to-date performance and explores the potential tailwinds and headwinds it may face during H2 2015:

  • Current market risks seem to be contained to either a sector or a region, but a prolonged environment of low rates has increased risk exposure globally
  • Volatility in the US stock market remains relatively tame and, historically, these periods are good opportunities for investors to buy portfolio protection
  • While higher US interest rates may put pressure on the gold price, economic growth is not necessarily bad for gold and its strategic role in portfolios.

Previous issues of Investment Commentary:

Looking into Q4 2014

First half 2014

Investment Commentary: 2013 review and 2014 outlook

Q4 and full year 2012

Gold Investor

Gold investment research - Gold Investor

In this eighth edition of Gold Investor, we take a closer look at gold’s performance and its relevance for investors in the current environment. In particular, we explore:

  • Gold in a rising dollar environment: Generally, there is an inverse correlation between gold and the dollar. However, our analysis shows that the gold price increases more when the dollar weakens than it falls when the dollar strengthens. In our view, the dollar’s relationship with gold has changed dramatically over the past decades and is likely to shift further as demand moves East and the world moves to a multicurrency system.

In addition, we review:

  • Interconnections: the factors that drive gold: A useful framework to help investors understand gold’s performance.
  • The market may be wrong about gold and US interest rates: Many investors believe that a rise in real US interest rates will certainly be bad for gold. Our analysis shows that other factors – some positively correlated to the economic growth that often accompanies rising rates – can have more influence on the gold price. We also highlight gold’s benefits in a portfolio at a time when stocks and bonds may deliver lower-than-average returns in coming years.

Download the latest issue: Gold Investor, Volume 8.

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Previously published research

The World Gold Council's investment research provides investors and industry analysts with indepth insights on:

  • the unique investment properties of gold as a portfolio diversifier and store of wealth
  • the underlying market dynamics and gold's growth drivers

Featured articles:

Gold, the renminbi and the multi-currency reserve system
Gold as a strategic asset for UK investors
Gold as a strategic asset for European investors
Gold: alternative investment, foundation asset
The impact of inflation and deflation on the case for gold
Gold: a commodity like no other
Liquidity in the global gold market
Gold: hedging against tail risk

Gold performance analytics

Our analysis for each country includes domestic equities, regional equities (in the case of Europe), international equities (ex-Europe) and international bonds (both in domestic currency terms). For bonds, we use the Barclays Capital Aggregate/Bond Indices, a series of market capitalisation weighted bond indices. Country files contain: Price performance, volatility, 3- and 5-year correlation matrices, rolling correlation chart, rolling volatility chart, exchange rate effect chart, gold and local equity index price chart.

One area is devoted to comparative analysis of commodities.

Please refer to our notes on methodology for further details. 

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