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Koos Jansen

Chinese Gold Demand 973t In H1 2016, Nomura SGE Withdrawals Chart False

Chinese wholesale gold demand, as measured by withdrawals from the vaults of the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), reached a sizable 973 metric tonnes in the first half of 2016, down 7 % compared to last year. Although Chinese gold demand year to date at 973 tonnes is slightly down from its record year in 2015 - when China in total net imported over 1,550 tonnes and an... Continue Reading

Venezuela Exported Another 12t Of its Official Gold Reserves To Switzerland In February

According to data released by the Swiss customs department on Tuesday, Venezuela has net exported 12 tonnes of gold to Switzerland in February 2016. In January Venezuela net exported 36 tonnes of gold to Switzerland, in total 48 tonnes was moved in the first two months of this year.  On 16 March 2016 BullionStar researcher Ronan Manly reported “Venezuela exported 12.5... Continue Reading

SGE Gold Trading Volume 2015 Up 84 % Y/Y Due To International Board

In two parts I will present an overview of the Chinese gold market for calendar year 2015. In this part we’ll focus on Shanghai Gold Exchange trading volumes. In the next post we’ll focus on physical supply and demand flows in Chinese gold market in 2015. First, let us quickly assess the core volume data of the largest precious metals exchanges in China and the US.... Continue Reading

Kazakhstan & China Join Forces In Gold Market

Silk Road Gold Trading Kicks Off The other day I bumped into a small but potentially important news item on the website of the Shanghai Gold Exchange. The article was published in Mandarin, of course, as the Chinese (authorities) hardly ever publish valuable information in English – most articles published in English have been intentionally written to communicate what the... Continue Reading

SGE Confirms To Continue Publish Withdraw Data!

I’ve received written confirmation by the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) delivery department that the Chinese Market Data Monthly Reports disclose the volume of physical gold withdrawn from SGE designated vaults. I’m thrilled to resume reporting these numbers and everything related to the Chinese gold market!  It’s advised to have read The Chinese Gold Market... Continue Reading

Precious Metals Import India 2015 Strong, Government Hopelessly Continues To Obstruct Demand

While India’s gross gold bullion import in 2015 reached the third highest amount ever at 947 tonnes and gross silver bullion import reached the highest amount ever at 8,504 tonnes, the Indian government is perpetually trying to obstruct the populace from protecting their wealth.  Last week I was going through gold and silver trade data released by the Indian... Continue Reading

COMEX Gold Futures Can Be Settled Directly With Eligible Inventory

The 100-ounce Gold futures contract listed on the COMEX in New York can be traded in OTC market through which the contract can be "settled" with anything that resembles the underlying asset, for example gold recorded as eligible inventory in COMEX approved depositories. Make sure you’ve read GOFO And The Gold Wholesale Market before continuing. It’s widely discussed... Continue Reading

Dutch Central Bank Considers To Relocate Gold Vault And Publish Gold Bar List

According to a press release the management team of the Dutch central bank has requested to investigate relocating the banknotes and gold vault that is currently located in the basement of bank's headquarter at the Frederiksplein in Amsterdam. In the press release we can read the reason for the investigation to relocate the vault flows from preparations to renovate the... Continue Reading

GOFO And The Gold Wholesale Market

An essay on the relationship between GOFO, gold forwards, the gold lease rate and the US dollar interest rate. In order to continue to reveal essential information about the physical and paper gold markets around the world, first I would like to expand on the inner workings of the gold wholesale market. In this post we’ll use the Gold Forward Offered Rates, in short... Continue Reading

Venezuela Exported 36t Of Its Official Gold Reserves To Switzerland In January

Switzerland has net imported 35.8 tonnes of gold from Venezuela in January 2016. This unusual high tonnage must be gold from the central bank of Venezuela - Banco Central de Venezuela (BCV) – that has been swapping metal with banks or simply sold it in the open market. Remarkably, after Venezuela repatriated 160 tonnes in official gold reserves from 25 November 2011 until... Continue Reading

London Was Bleeding 184t Of Gold In December While China Imported At Least 217t

When there is no more gold left in London to export the gold price is likely to go higher on strong global demand induced by economic headwind. At the time of writing the spot gold price is $1,251.80 per ounce, up 18 % year to date, while the S&P 500 is down 9 % year to date.  In a year that saw strong gold demand from China, in total withdrawals from the vaults of... Continue Reading

SGE Continues To Publish Withdrawals Figures?

It seems the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) is continuing to publish the amount of gold withdrawn from the vaults on a monthly basis. For the month of January “SGE withdrawals” accounted for 225 tonnes, down 1 % from December. After the first weekly SGE reports in 2016 did not disclose SGE withdrawal data and phone calls to the bourse in Shanghai answered these numbers would... Continue Reading

Presentation Koos Jansen At Scotiabank

I was invited by Scotiabank to speak about Chinese gold demand at their commodities outlook conference on 12 January 2016 in Toronto. Of course I was thrilled to come over and share what I’ve been studying for the past years – thanks again Scotiabank for inviting me! In my 20-minute presentation I could clearly explain why I think Chinese gold demand is not what... Continue Reading

China Stops Publishing SGE Withdrawal Figures

UPDATE 11 MARCH 2016: THE SGE HAS CONFIRMED TO CONTINUE PUBLISHING SGE WITHDRAWALS!  My research into the Chinese gold market started in 2013 when I noted the significance of a number published on a weekly basis in the Chinese Market Data Weekly Reports on the website of the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) regarding the amount of physical gold withdrawn from the vaults. It... Continue Reading

In China Everyone Can Buy Gold At The SGE

The Shanghai Gold Exchange launched a smartphone app for customers to trade gold. It's advised to have read The Chinese Gold Market Essentials Guide before you continue. The main reason there is such a large discrepancy between Chinese gold demand as disclosed by the World Gold Council (WGC) and the amount of gold withdrawn from the vaults of the Shanghai Gold Exchange... Continue Reading
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