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Dr Parag Khanna
Strategic Futurist, Founder of FutureMap and Author

Asia evolves: what's next for the world's center of gravity?

On November 9th the World Gold Council held an EVOLVE Investment Summit in Singapore. Our series of EVOLVE conferences explore the trends and issues shaping the future of finance. What happens in Asia is hugely significant for the gold market. India and China are the largest gold consuming markets, and other markets in the region including Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan are major trading centres for gold. In a post for goldhub, Dr Parag Khanna, one of this year’s keynote speakers, writes about the shifting economic centre of gravity and Asia’s role in the global economy.

Shaokai Fan
Global Head of Central Banks
World Gold Council

Central bank digital currencies and the implications for the gold market

The world appears to be poised for the next step in the evolution of money. Private cryptocurrencies have emerged as a potential new medium of exchange, although their long-term viability is yet to be proven. Central banks have also seized on the possibilities brought about by our highly digitised world with the development of central bank digital currencies, or CBDCs.

Louise Street
Senior Markets Analyst
World Gold Council

Gold’s dual nature came to the fore in Q3

Our latest Gold Demand Trends report takes a detailed look at the global gold market in the third quarter. The fact that gold demand so far this year is down 9%, while the average gold price over the same period was 4% higher, exemplifies gold’s diversification benefits, thanks to its varied roles as an investment, consumer good and a reserve asset.

Ray Jia
Senior Analyst, China
World Gold Council

China’s gold market in September: higher gold demand, higher local gold price spread

Gold prices fell in September. The LBMA Gold Price AM in USD and the Shanghai Gold Benchmark Price (PM) in CNY declined by 4.6% and 4.3% respectively last month. The rising interest rate, outflows from global gold ETFs, and a stronger dollar all contributed to gold price weaknesses in September.

Adam Perlaky
Senior Analyst, Americas
World Gold Council

Yield compression and margin levels raise concerns about market risk

We’ve regularly discussed rates and inflation in 2021 as two key drivers of global markets. With lower expected future returns on fixed income, these drivers give credence to the idea that many institutional investors would need to move further out on the curve (take more risk) and/or use leverage to meet their financial obligations. Both of which now appear to be happening.