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The Conflict-Free Gold Standard: Building an industry coalition to address the challenges of conflict gold

Published 15th November 2017

Cranfield School of Management and the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School launched a joint report examining the creation of the Conflict-Free Gold Standard by the World Gold Council. The report provides an important case study for Corporate Responsibility Coalitions and trade associations looking to develop common standards and self-regulatory mechanisms.

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Published 28th September 2017

With an annual demand of approximately 800-900 tonnes, the size of the Indian gold market is second only to that of China. Despite its significant size and important global position, the Indian gold market is unable to realise its potential due to multiple challenges. These challenges include lack of quality assurance, weak price transparency and fragmented liquidity and regulatory issues. There is a pressing need to reform the gold trading market in India, and a spot exchange, encompassing a broad ecosystem for efficient physical trading of gold, could play a significant role in reforming the gold market in India. This report outlines a vision for a gold spot exchange and its associated ecosystem, identifies key design elements, lists critical success factors (based on global examples), recognises potential benefits for entities across the value chain, the economy as a whole and sets forth a roadmap for multi-stakeholder collaboration to ensure successful design and launch of the exchange.

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Published 24th January 2017

In 2015 India was the world’s fast growing economy; in recent years millions have been lifted out of poverty and India’s middle class has swelled. This is important because our econometric analysis indicates income growth drives gold demand. But India’s relationship with gold goes beyond income growth: gold is intertwined with India’s way of life. And as we look ahead, India’s gold market will evolve.

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Published 1st December 2016

China has gone through remarkable change in the past 30 years. Within one generation, the shape of our economy has altered beyond all recognition: agriculture’s share of output has fallen and the service sector has become an important driver of growth; millions of people have migrated from the countryside to big cities; and we have become richer, with income per capita increasing by almost 700% between 1995 and 2015.

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Published 13th October 2016

Gold coins are intrinsic to gold demand, not just in India, but across the world. In most countries that have an affinity with gold however, that relationship is symbolised by a sovereign gold coin.

Categories: Investment

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Published 9th December 2014

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Published 17th May 2011

This report looks at the future of the gold market in India. It puts in context the market for gold, and examines the strategic outlook for the Indian economy and gold demand over the next decade. There is short discourse on the mythological and cultural significance of gold in India as well as detailed econometric analysis of Indian gold demand from 1980 to 2009.

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Published 10th November 2010

This report is the first of a new series on the Indian gold market; it provides an analysis of the history, recent developments, and the revival of Indian gold demand during 2010. It details Indian jewellery consumption, investment demand, decorative and industrial demand, gold imports, seasonality and monsoon rains, central bank activity, and recycled gold supply.

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Published 29th March 2010

This report explores the outlook for gold demand and supply in China. The Chinese economic growth story is common knowledge; however what is new here, is the clarification of the impact of China’s GDP growth trajectory on the outlook for the Chinese gold market.

Categories: Supply, Demand, Investment

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