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Gold ETF assets realised their largest ever quarterly gain in Q1 2020

Global gold-backed ETFs (gold ETFs) and similar products added 298 tonnes(t), or net inflows of US$23bn, across all regions in the first quarter of 2020 – the highest quarterly amount ever in absolute US dollar terms and the largest tonnage additions since 2016. During the past year, gold ETFs added 659t, the highest on a rolling annual basis since the financial crisis, with assets under management (AUM) growing 57% over the same period.

Sectors: Demand, Investment

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Central banks

Gold plays a prominent role in reserve asset management, being one of the few assets that is universally permitted by the investment guidelines of the world’s central banks. This is in part due to the gold market being deep and liquid – a key requirement of reserve asset managers.

Sectors: Market insights, Demand

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Gold-backed ETF holdings grew 14% in 2019, reaching all-time highs

Global gold-backed ETFs and similar products had US$19.2bn, or 400 tonnes(t), of net inflows in 2019 in almost all countries, after holdings rebounded in December. Collective ETF holdings reached all-time highs of ~2,900t in the fourth quarter. Overall, global gold-backed assets under management (AUM) grew 37% in US dollars during the year as a result of positive demand combined with an 18.4% increase in the gold price. 

Sectors: Demand, Investment

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Gold-backed ETFs lost 1% of holdings in November following five months of strong inflows

In November, global gold-backed ETFs and similar products saw US$1.3bn of net outflows across North America, Europe and Asia, decreasing their collective gold holdings by 30.1 tonnes(t) after reaching record highs in October. Global gold-backed assets under management (AUM) have grown 35% this year as a result of increased investment demand and price appreciation.

Sectors: Demand, Investment

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Gold-backed ETF demand remained strong despite stock market all-time highs in October

Holdings in global gold-backed ETFs and similar products rose by 69 tonnes(t) to 2,440t in 2018, equivalent to US$3.4bn of inflows. Global gold-backed ETFs grew 3% in 2018, driven by strong growth in European funds and increased global inflows during December.** This is the first time since 2012 that the value of total gold-backed ETF holdings has finished the year above US$100bn. 

Sectors: Demand, Investment