About Ronan Manly

Ronan Manly is an investment professional and research analyst with an interest in the monetary gold market. His career has taken him from Dublin to London, New York, and Frankfurt, in roles spanning portfolio management, stockbroking, and technology, working for companies including Dimensional Fund Advisors and Morgan Stanley. In his time, Ronan has collected various economic and finance degrees, most recently a Master's in Finance from London Business School.

Although curious about the commodity and precious metals markets since the early 2000s, Ronan's interest in the monetary gold market was piqued in 2011 by a visit to the Bank of England archives to research Ireland's historic gold reserves, wherein he realised that there were scores of interesting files on gold in the archives, which prompted a number of further archive visits and a lot of subsequent reading. This led to a fascination for monetary gold and for researching, analysing and writing about the gold market.

Ronan's belief is that an understanding of the historic gold market in the twentieth century is one of the keys to understanding the current and future gold market, since, while some aspects of the market have changed, behind the scenes a lot remains the same, despite central bankers claiming otherwise. Given that the monetary gold market is opaque and shrouded in secrecy, the challenge is to conduct research and find facts in order to try to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

In this BullionStar blog, Ronan will, amongst other things, attempt to shine a light on both long forgotten and contemporary aspects of the global monetary gold market by bringing original material to the attention of readers.

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The LBMA Silver Price – Broken Promises on Wider Participation and Central Clearing

On 28 January 2016, the midday LBMA Silver Price auction took 29 rounds to establish a final price of US$13.58 which was manipulated down by a whopping 6% below where silver spot and futures prices were trading at that time. This auction fiasco and price manipulation has caused deep concern among silver benchmark price users as well as consternation among the Gang of Three... Continue Reading

The Gold Vaults of London: Malca-Amit

Following on from the recent blog post "G4S London Gold Vault 2.0 – ICBC Standard Bank in, Deutsche Bank out", which discusses the G4S precious metals vault located on Abbey Road in the Park Royal area of London, its instructive to also look at where the other London Gold Market vaults are located. According to the vaulting pages on the London Bullion Market Association... Continue Reading

Update on Bundesbank Gold Repatriation 2015

Deutsche Bundesbank has just released a progress report on its gold bar repatriation programme for 2015 - "Frankfurt becomes Bundesbank's largest gold storage location". During the calendar year to December 2015, the Bundesbank claims to have transported 210 tonnes of gold back to Frankfurt, moving circa 110 tonnes from Paris to Frankfurt, and just under 100 tonnes from New... Continue Reading

G4S London Gold Vault 2.0 – ICBC Standard Bank in, Deutsche Bank out

On 8 January 2016, Reuters broke the news that ICBC Standard Bank has purchased the lease on Deutsche Bank's gold vault in London, and that ICBC Standard intends to become a member of the clearing syndicate, London Precious Metals Clearing Limited (LPMCL): "ICBC Standard Bank is buying the lease on Deutsche Bank's London gold and silver vault, enlarging its footprint in the... Continue Reading

From Good Delivery bars to Kilobars – The Swiss Refineries, the GFMS data, and the LBMA

In early September 2015, I wrote an article titled “Moving the goalposts….The LBMA’s shifting stance on gold refinery production statistics”, in which I explained how the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) had, on Wednesday 5 August, substantially lowered its 2013 gold and silver refinery production statistics literally a few days after I had commented on the... Continue Reading

Venezuela says adiós to her gold reserves

Five months ago in my article "Venezuela’s Gold Reserves – Part 2: From Repatriation to Reactivation", I concluded that: "given the deteriorating state of Venezuela’s international finances and international reserves at the present time, it may be sooner rather than later before Venezuelan gold could be on the move again out of the country. One thing is for sure. Gold... Continue Reading

Central Banks’ secrecy and silence on gold storage arrangements

Whereas some central banks have become more forthcoming on where they claim their official gold reserves are stored (see my recent blog post 'Central bank gold at the Bank of England'), many of the world's central banks remain secretive in this regard, with some central bank staff saying that they are not allowed to provide this information, and some central banks just... Continue Reading

Central bank gold at the Bank of England

In a recent article, "How many Good Delivery gold bars are in all the London Vaults?….including the Bank of England vaults", I considered how much gold is actually in the London Gold Market, and highlighted how the amount of gold stored in the London wholesale market has fallen noticeably in recent years. That article highlighted that the amount of gold stored in custody... Continue Reading

Six months on ICE – The LBMA Gold Price

It's now been 6 months since the LBMA Gold Price auction, the much touted replacement to the London Gold Fixings, was launched on an ICE Benchmark Administration (IBA) platform on Friday 20 March 2015. For anyone not au fait with the gold price auction, the LBMA Gold Price is a twice daily auction that produces the world's most widely used gold price benchmark, which is... Continue Reading

How many Good Delivery gold bars are in all the London Vaults?….including the Bank of England vaults

Each year in June, the Bank of England publishes its annual report which quotes financial data up to the end of February (its financial year-end). The Bank's annual report also states the amount of gold, valued at a market price in Pounds sterling, that it holds under custody for its customers, which comprise central banks, international financial institutions, and LBMA member... Continue Reading

Moving the goalposts….The LBMA’s shifting stance on gold refinery production statistics

On Friday 31st July 2015, I released an article discussing the sale of Swiss gold refiner Valcambi to Indian jewellery company Rajesh Exports. In my report, in a section about Valcambi’s annual gold refining capacity, I made passing reference to 2013 gold refining production statistics that had been published by the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) on 1st May 2015.... Continue Reading

Swiss Gold Refineries and the sale of Valcambi

The normally low-key Swiss gold refining market has been thrown into the spotlight with the announcement that private company Valcambi, the world's largest gold refinery, is being acquired by Indian group Rajesh Exports Ltd (REL), the world's largest gold jewellery manufacturer. This acquisition is worth analysing for a number of reasons, namely will the Valcambi-Rajesh... Continue Reading

The pre-2015 London Gold Fixings – More technologically advanced than reported

The financial media has recently pitched the transition of the London daily gold fixings to an ICE Benchmark Administration (IBA) platform as a quantum leap from an antiquated Victorian-era process to a futuristic 21st century electronic auction. For example, the Wall Street Journal recently said that: "Four of the banks...had participated in the conference call used... Continue Reading

The funding model of the World Gold Council: GLD Fees and Gold Miner Dues

In a little noticed development at the end of March 2015, World Gold Council (WGC) member company Newcrest Mining of Australia ceased to be a member of the WGC, thereby reducing the Council's membership from 19 to 18 gold mining companies. Newcrest Mining is one of the world's largest gold mining companies and Australia's largest gold miner. This exit by Newcrest Mining... Continue Reading
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