Ray Jia

Senior Analyst, China World Gold Council

The time may be right for gold in Japanese investors’ portfolios

Expectations for the end of the BoJ’s negative policy rate intensified

The BoJ relaxed its yield curve control (YCC) program in late July. Governor Ueda’s first surprise move since taking the wheel: he effectively doubled the YCC’s upper limit to 1%, while keeping the policy rate unchanged at -0.1%. This led to surges in both the 10-year JGB yield and its volatility. 

Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

Ray Jia

Senior Analyst, China World Gold Council

China’s gold market in April: wholesale demand down but gold reserves rose for the sixth consecutive month

Key highlights:

  • The LBMA Gold Price AM in USD rose by 0.2% in April while the Shanghai Gold Benchmark PM (SHAUPM) in RMB saw a 0.7% gain, due mainly to a depreciating RMB against the USD 
  • The average Shanghai-London gold price premium fell sharply in April amid easing local supply and demand conditions

Posted 6 months 2 weeks ago

Krishan Gopaul

Senior Analyst, EMEA World Gold Council

Central banks show little sign of buyer fatigue in February

Central bank gold buying momentum showed no signs of stalling in February. Reported global gold reserves rose by 52t during the month – the eleventh consecutive month of net purchases – following January's 74t. 1 This excludes updated data for Russia (more on that below), but still maintains the upward trend (based on the 12-month moving average) since June 2022.

Posted 8 months ago