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Guidance for Monetary Authorities on the recommended practice in accounting for gold

Published 20th April 2017

Monetary authorities hold gold in the performance of their official functions, typically as part of the country’s official reserves. This functional purpose differs from the objectives of other entities who hold gold. Monetary authorities also commonly hold gold in much larger quantities than other entities. General purpose financial reporting frameworks lack appropriate guidance on accounting for gold, in particular for the gold classified as monetary gold, held by monetary authorities.

Categories: Investment, Reserve asset management

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Published 16th February 2017

Welcome to the winter edition of Gold Investor, where leading market participants assess the relevance of gold against a backdrop of persistent geopolitical turmoil.

Published 3rd February 2017

2016 full-year gold demand gained 2% to reach a 3-year high of 4,308.7t. Annual inflows into ETFs reached 531.9t, the second highest on record. Declines in jewellery and central bank purchases offset this growth. Annual bar and coin demand was broadly stable at 1,029.2t, helped by a Q4 surge.

Published 1st December 2016

China has gone through remarkable change in the past 30 years. Within one generation, the shape of our economy has altered beyond all recognition: agriculture’s share of output has fallen and the service sector has become an important driver of growth; millions of people have migrated from the countryside to big cities; and we have become richer, with income per capita increasing by almost 700% between 1995 and 2015.

Categories: Jewellery

Published 25th October 2016

In the autumn edition of Gold Investor, Mohamed El-Erian, chief economist at global insurer Allianz and former CEO of PIMCO assesses the challenges faced by the global investment community and the contribution that gold can make within investment portfolios. We also look at the new Shari’ah Standard on gold and how Shari’ah-compliant investment options in the gold market can provide Islamic Financial Institutions and their customers with a great opportunity to diversify their investments.

Published 16th May 2016

Download our gold investment infographic; explaining key gold product groups. This graphic focusses on Bars & Coins, Gold-backed Exchange Traded Funds and Jewellery.

Published 11th February 2016

Gold Demand Trends Full Year 2015. Gold demand in the fourth quarter increased 4% year-on-year to a 10-quarter high of 1,117.7t. Full year demand was virtually unchanged, down just a fraction (-14t) to 4,212t.

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