Central Bank Buying Raises Demand For Gold
The relationship between central banks across the world and gold has been intertwined throughout history, largely thanks to the gold standard. Gold “backed up” the value of paper currency until very recently, when the Bretton Woods economic regime ended with the United States separating the value of the dollar from gold. However, that left central banks holding large gold reserves they no longer needed, and they began slowly selling reserves. Over the last decade, however, they’ve become net buyers, increasing their gold reserves for the same reason investors buy gold: to manage risk and create stability.
Most estimates pin the amount of gold held by central banks and governments at 20 percent of all the gold ever mined, although they are still smaller than they were in the 1960s, before the end of the Bretton Woods system that fixed currency exchanges to the American dollar and the American dollar to gold. In 1971, President Nixon severed the connection between gold and the American dollar to keep the United States’ gold reserves safe from foreign investors. Currencies began to float freely against the American dollar, and central banks began selling more gold than they were buying.
That changed starting in 2008, and the price of gold shows the influence of increased demand from governments and central banks. Western central banks have spent the years since the Great Recession increasing their gold holdings, while Moscow and Beijing have both been aggressively building their gold stockpiles. The price of gold looked like it was levelling off after post-2011 heights, but continued strong demand from central banks continues to push the value upward. In a report released last year about gold price trends, the OMFIF (Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum) claimed that, while gold prices have long been dissociated from central bank decisions, the price recovery of gold since 2015 can be attributed to central bank purchasing decisions.
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