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Message From Perth Mint Analyst Bron Suchecki

Topics [ gold investing financial crisis gold bull market gold prices gold bear market ]


Hi, Bron Suchecki here, precious metal analyst for The Perth Mint.

Gold and silver are at a crucial inflection point right now and if you want to know what the future holds then the 2015 Precious Metals Investment Symposium is a must-attend event.

The Symposium will be held in Sydney on 26 and 27 October and features a great speaker line up including John Butler (Amphora Capital), Keith Weiner (Monetary Metals), Nick Giambruno (Casey Research), Greg Canavan (Daily Reckoning) - and me, explaining Why hasn't the bullion banking system failed?


See this podcast interview about my talk.

Now in its 8th year, the Precious Metals Investment Symposium is the largest precious metals event in the Southern Hemisphere, bringing together every aspect of the precious metals investment industry from mining explorers and producers, to bullion companies and other investment products. I look forward to seeing you there - register online here.


Bron Suchecki

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12 Reasons To Own Gold

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Perth Mint finance manager Anthony Hart held the fort over on our Research blog this week with a couple of posts that summarised many of the arguments in favour of owning gold.

Anthony neatly analysed 12 key reasons he considers crucial for investors to consider:

  1. Excessive Global Debt
  2. Low Interest Rates
  3. Money Printing
  4. Currency Wars
  5. Financial System Fragility
  6. Geopolitical Risk
  7. The Rise Of Chindia
  8. Equity Market Valuations
  9. Diversification
  10. Eliminate Counterparty Risk
  11. History
  12. Insurance

In the interest of balance, Anthony will shortly be presenting reasons not to own gold. To stay on top of the debate, head over the Research blog to read his current posts now.

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Returns Matrix Demonstrates Gold Is For The Long Term

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Discover the return on a gold investment over a range of timeframes in this Returns Matrix for Gold created by Bron Suchecki. Click to learn how.

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Top 10 Factors Affecting Gold In 2015

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US-based Gainesville Coins recently asked 15 nominated experts (including our own Bron Suchecki) which way they think the gold market is going.

As you might expect, the responses they received ranged from bearish to bullish - and everything in between!

Rather than attempting to draw any firm conclusions, Gainesville analysed their experts’ viewpoints for the most frequently cited factors affecting the price of gold.

Presented as insights that “may help you formulate your own personal financial strategies”, here are their top 10 factors affecting gold in 2015.

  1. Real interest rates, specifically the Fed raising its key rate
  2. Generally bearish on paper money and central banks
  3. Inflationary (or deflationary) pressures
  4. Geopolitical strife and global economic instability
  5. Strength or weakness of the U.S. dollar
  6. Growth in the developing world and emerging markets
  7. Monetary easing (i.e. currency devaluation) in Europe and Japan
  8. Strong demand from China and India
  9. Performance of the equities market
  10. A boost in mining output from falling energy costs

You can read the full responses from each of the 15 experts involved in Gainesville Coins’ recent survey here.

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Strong Physical Demand Outweighed By Heavy Liquidation of Gold Funds In 2013

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Industry body The World Gold Council has released it latest report - ‘Gold Demand Trends Full Year 2013’.

“2013 proved to be the year of the consumer, with gold jewellery demand close to pre-crisis levels and investment in small bars and coins hitting a record high. The result was annual gold demand of 3,756.1 tonnes, valued at US$170bn. However, outweighing the impressive consumer demand were the effects of ETF outflows and lower central bank buying, resulting in 2013 demand 15% below the strong volumes recorded in 2012.”


Download pdf to read the report in full.


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Consumer Demand For Gold Leaps 53% In Q2

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The latest World Gold Council Gold Demand Trends report, which covers the period April-June 2013, highlights how recent falls in the gold price have generated significant increases in demand, most notably from consumers in China and India - by far the biggest markets for gold - compared with the same time last year.

Globally, jewellery demand was up 37% in Q2 2013 to 576 tonnes (t) from 421t in the same quarter last year, reaching its highest level since Q3 2008. Demand in China was up 54% compared to a year ago, while in India demand increased by 51%.

Bar and coin investment grew by 78% globally compared to the same quarter last year, topping 500t in a quarter for the first time. In China, demand for gold bars and coins surged 157% compared with the same quarter last year, while in India it jumped 116% to a record 122t. Taking jewellery demand and bar and coin investment together, global consumer demand totalled 1,083t in the quarter, 53% higher than a year ago.

For the tenth consecutive quarter, central banks were net buyers of gold, purchasing 71t, which reinforced the trend that began in Q1 2011. Meanwhile gold held in gold-backed ETFs, which in 2012 accounted for just 6% of the world’s gold demand, fell by just over 400t, driven by hedge funds and other speculative investors continuing to exit their positions.

Overall, demand for gold in Q2 2013 was 856t, down 12% on a year ago, the WGC report said.

Download Gold Demand Trends Q2 2013

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