Press Releases

Launch of the AAOIFI Shari’ah Standard on Gold, developed in collaboration with the World Gold Council

The Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) and the World Gold Council are delighted to announce the issuance of ‘Shari’ah Standard No. 57 on Gold and its Trading Controls (“the Standard”). The Standard deals with the Shari’ah rulings for gold in its various forms and categories, the Shari’ah parameters for gold transactions and the rulings for gold-based financial products in institutions.

Exchange-traded products continue to drive gold demand in the third quarter of 2016

Global gold demand reached 993 tonnes (t) in the third quarter of 2016, a fall of 10% compared to the same period last year, according to the World Gold Council’s latest Gold Demand Trends report. Net inflows into Exchange-traded products (ETPs) helped drive a sharp increase in investment demand, but this was not enough to offset falls in other areas, notably jewellery and purchases by central banks.

Near record high in H1 demand driven by western investors

Global gold demand reached 2,335 tonnes (t) in the first half of 2016 with investment reaching record H1 levels, 16% higher than the previous record in H1 2009, according to the World Gold Council’s latest Gold Demand Trends report.

The World Gold Council welcomes Sibanye Gold and OceanaGold as new Members

Sibanye Gold and OceanaGold Corporation have joined the World Gold Council, the market development organisation for the gold industry. Sibanye is the largest individual producer of gold in South Africa and one of the 10 largest globally. OceanaGold is a rapidly growing multinational gold producer with assets located in the Philippines, New Zealand and the United States.

Gold demand at record levels in Q1 2016 - up 21% as investors surged into ETFs

Global gold demand reached 1,290 tonnes (t) in the first quarter of 2016, a 21% increase compared to the same period last year, making it the second largest quarter on record, according to the World Gold Council’s Gold Demand Trends report. This increase was driven by huge inflows into exchange traded funds (ETFs), fuelled by investor concerns regarding economic fragility and an uncertain financial landscape. Concurrently, global demand for jewellery was down 19%, as higher prices and industrial action in India and a softening of the economy in China meant many consumers delayed making purchases.