Outflows decelerated in July

Physically-backed gold ETFs saw net outflows of US$2.3bn in July, equivalent to a 34t reduction in holdings. Despite this, total assets under management (AUM) increased by 2% m/m to US$215bn as a rebound in gold price more than offset negative flows.

Outflows result in H1 disinvestment

Global gold ETFs experienced net outflows of US$3.7bn (56t) in June, calling a halt to their three-month inflow streak. June’s outflow caused global gold ETF demand during H1 2023 to turn negative, leaving collective holdings of global gold ETFs at US$211bn (3,422t).

Gold ETF commentary: May inflows turn y-t-d gold ETF demand positive

Global gold ETFs saw the third consecutive monthly inflow of US$1.7bn, primarily driven by the gold price strength in early May and uncertainties around the US debt ceiling negotiations. May took y-t-d global gold ETF flows to positive territory at US$1bn, led by North American funds.

Recession concerns sustain gold ETF inflows in April

Global gold ETFs continued to see positive demand in April: net inflows totalled US$824mn while holdings increased 15t. North American funds led global inflows, adding nearly US$1bn. Fund flows in Europe turned negative again in the month (-US$223mn), led by Germany.

The banking crisis fuelled gold ETF inflows in March

Global physically backed gold ETFs saw net inflows of US$1.9bn in March - the first inflows for ten months - as the banking crisis fuelled demand. But the recent inflows were not enough to prevent a net quarterly outflow of US$1.5bn. Regionally, European funds accounted for the bulk of the global outflows in Q1.

Gold ETF outflows continued in February amid weak gold prices

Global physical gold ETFs saw another outflow of US$1.7bn (-34t, 1.0%), their tenth consecutive monthly loss. Outflows were widespread, with the exception of funds in the Other region.

Gold ETF outflows in Europe and Asia outweighed North American inflows in January

Global physically backed gold ETFs kicked off 2023 with net outflows of US$1.6bn in January and a 26t (-0.8%) decline in total holdings to 3,446t. While the gold price witnessed its strongest January in a decade, registering a gain of 6.1%, gold ETF outflows in Europe and Asia dwarfed positive demand in North America and the Other region.

Gold ETFs saw outflows of US$3bn in 2022

Physically-backed gold ETFs saw their holdings fall by 110t in 2022, down 3% y-o-y and equivalent to outflows of US$3bn.

ETF holdings dwindle in November

Global gold ETFs registered their seventh consecutive month of net outflows in November. But outflows slowed to a relatively modest 33t (US$1.8bn), having also decelerated m-o-m in October (to -59t).

Outflows slowed in October, but holdings now down y-t-d

Global gold ETFs saw a net outflow of 59t (US$3bn) in October, the sixth straight month of declines in holdings. In October, y-t-d changes in gold ETF holdings turned negative for the first time in 2022, now 1% lower on the year