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Inflation Roundtable

During a virtual round table, in partnership with European Pensions, a panel of industry experts consider the medium and long-term prospects for inflation, its potential impact on portfolios and the hedging tools available for pension funds to prepare for whatever the future may hold.

Adam Webb
Director of Mine Supply
Metals Focus

AISC up 10% year-on-year in Q2’21

Global average All-in Sustaining Costs (AISC) in the gold mining industry increased by 10% y-o-y in Q2’21, reaching US$1,067/oz. This was also the third consecutive quarter in which AISC has risen. This cost inflation is being driven by several factors, both at the mine site and at the macroeconomic level.

Trevor Keel
Consultant
World Gold Council

Gold, healthcare and SDG 3

It’s not just the miners that are having a positive impact on SDG 3, gold itself is a critical material in the healthcare sector. It is used in a large number of diagnostic tools, and is of increasing interest to companies developing innovative new ways to treat disease. These applications often go unnoticed, but are an important part of gold’s story.

Hannah Brandstaetter
ESG Programme Director
World Gold Council

Gold and gold mining’s contribution to SDG 3

 “Our vision is not health for some; it’s not health for most; It’s health for all!“ So said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General at the World Health Organisation (WHO) at the United Nations General Assembly 74th Session in September 2019. Given recent events, a continued focus on universal health and well-being has never been as important as it is today.

Krishan Gopaul
Senior Analyst, EMEA
World Gold Council

Central banks maintain interest in gold in July

Today we’ve published our latest central bank statistics which now includes data for July. Central banks added a net 30.1 tonnes (t) to global official gold reserves during the month, virtually in line (+0.3%) with net purchases in June. This continues the healthy level of interest in gold we have seen from central banks so far this year.

Mukesh Kumar
Senior Analyst, India
World Gold Council

India’s gold market in July: imports rebound as retail demand improves with easing of lockdown restrictions

Retail demand was mixed in June: moderate strength in the first half of the month was followed by a softening of demand in the second half due to an absence of wedding dates. Official imports rebounded with easing of lockdown restrictions and the local market flipped back to discount as demand softened from mid-July onwards

Johan Palmberg
Senior Quantitative Analyst
World Gold Council

Markets stifled on Freedom Day

Monday, July 19 marked an eagerly anticipated milestone for the UK. ‘Freedom Day’ as it was dubbed, officially closed the chapter on over a year of local COVID-19 restrictions. But it arrived amidst soaring cases of COVID-19 worldwide – the UK included. Concern over the new variant strains has not only put a dampener on the reopening in the UK, but perhaps the global economic recovery.
Ray Jia
Senior Analyst, China
World Gold Council

China’s gold market in June: Chinese gold ETF holdings rose despite a fall in the gold price

International gold prices fell steeply in June. The weakness in the gold price can be largely attributed to the more-hawkish-than-expected monetary-tightening signals from the US Federal Reserve’s meeting on 18 June.  But the decline in the RMB gold price was narrower than that of the USD gold price, thanks to a 1.6% depreciation in the CNY against the dollar last month.