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The World Gold Council welcomes Sibanye Gold and OceanaGold as new Members

22 June, 2016

Sibanye Gold and OceanaGold Corporation have joined the World Gold Council, the market development organisation for the gold industry. Sibanye is the largest individual producer of gold in South Africa and one of the 10 largest globally. OceanaGold is a rapidly growing multinational gold producer with assets located in the Philippines, New Zealand and the United States.

Gold demand at record levels in Q1 2016 - up 21% as investors surged into ETFs

Gold demand at record levels in Q1 2016

12 May, 2016

Global gold demand reached 1,290 tonnes (t) in the first quarter of 2016, a 21% increase compared to the same period last year, making it the second largest quarter on record, according to the World Gold Council’s Gold Demand Trends report. This increase was driven by huge inflows into exchange traded funds (ETFs), fuelled by investor concerns regarding economic fragility and an uncertain financial landscape. Concurrently,  global demand for jewellery was down 19%, as higher prices and industrial action in India and a softening of the economy in China meant many consumers delayed making purchases.

World Gold Council signs memorandum of understanding with the DMCC to support the promotion and adoption of a Shari’a standard on gold in Dubai

25 April, 2016

At the 2016 Dubai Precious Metals Conference, the World Gold Council hosted a successful seminar to update industry participants on the latest developments in the creation of a global Shari’a Standard on Gold (“the Standard”). The event kicked off the schedule and showcased gold product ideas that will be enabled by the Standard.

Shanghai Gold Benchmark Price launch

22 April, 2016

A year and half after it was established in September 2014, the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) has launched the first yuan-denominated gold benchmark price. The launch ceremony was held at the Shanghai International Convention Center on April 19, 2016. Pan Gongsheng, Deputy Governor of the People’s Bank of China, Zhao Wen, Vice Mayor of Shanghai Municipal Government and over 300 delegates including the World Gold Council, The Silver Institute and major domestic and foreign gold producers as well as consumers and investment institutions attended the ceremony.

Gold demand resilient in 2015 as central banks and consumers spur strong H2 recovery

11 February, 2016

Global gold demand in 2015 was virtually flat compared to 2014 at 4,212 tonnes (t), according to the World Gold Council’s latest Gold Demand Trends report. Despite a challenging start to the year, gold demand rebounded in the second half of 2015 as a result of sustained buying from central banks and a strong second half from China and India.

Events

Executive Programme in Gold Reserves Management 2016

19 September, 2016

After a successful couple of years at UC Berkeley, the World Gold Council is bringing its flagship Executive Programme in Reserve Asset Management to the University of Cambridge in 2016.