As we discussed at OUTLOOK 2019, the role gold will play in portfolio management will continue to grow as questions around global currencies and US dollar weakness remain. “…Geopolitics are now an overarching consideration. Any change in the global reserve currency status of the US dollar can be hedged by investing in multiple currencies and gold.”
In the last six years, global central banks have sold $130 billion net in treasuries and purchased $140 billion in gold. Gold buying is led by Russia’s central bank. Turkey and Kazakhstan, as well as India, Hungary and Poland have all began adding to their gold reserves.
The reasons why central banks buy gold is often a major topic of market speculation. More than perhaps any other investment, gold acts as an indicator of anxieties about economic growth, fears of geopolitical conflict and guesses about what the globe’s central bankers are thinking.
But the fact is, Gold can help stabilize economies amid times of market turmoil. Consider:
In May of 2018, the Russian central bank's First Deputy Governor Dmitry Tulin told lawmakers in the lower house of parliament that gold was "a 100 percent guarantee from legal and political risks." And in October 2018, Hungary’s central bank governor, Gyorgy Matolcsy, said boosting gold holdings 10-fold was a way to make the nation’s wealth safer.
Diversification will continue to be an important driver of central banks’ demand for gold, as will the transition to a multipolar currency reserves system over the coming years. Most see their gold holdings in a similar way to investors - it makes up a small value of total assets but acts as a useful diversifier of risk.
If you’d like to learn more about the history of the gold standard as well as the impact gold will have on the future of world currency, follow the link above to a great video we found.
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