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Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Gold ETFs attract record inflows in 2020


Inflows into gold-backed ETFs have broken all records in 2020, with total holdings reaching an all-time high of 3785 tonnes at the end of July, leaving the value of global assets under management standing at $239 billion. That’s a couple of tons ahead of Germany’s stash. U.S. reserves exceed 8,000 tons.

Global net inflows of 899 tonnes ($49.1 billion) in the year to July are considerably higher than the previous record annual totals and the trend of inflows has continued in the first few trading days of August as the price of gold has breached $2000/oz.

To put these flows and holdings in perspective:

·         ETFs now hold more gold than any one central bank barring the US Treasury.

·         Inflows in 2020 have exceeded the record annual purchases by central banks seen in 2019 of 667t.

·         ETF inflows in the first six months of the year were equivalent to about 40% of new mine supply.

ETF Inflows of last 20 years

There are two principal reasons why ETFs have seen such strong purchases in 2020, both connected to the corona virus.

·         As the global economy tipped into deep recession, falling bond yields – especially negative real US Treasuries’ yields – have driven gold prices higher, encouraging investors to buy gold, sometimes via ETFs.

·         The logistical issues that triggered the dislocation of the COMEX gold futures market from the OTC market centered in London have reduced the attraction of investment on the COMEX futures market, due to increased costs of ownership and higher premiums to the OTC price.

RSBL analysts and investors are so concerned about the global outlook that worldwide holdings in gold-backed exchange-traded funds now stand behind only the official U.S. reserves of bullion after they surpassed Germany’s holdings.

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