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'Colossal' central bank buying drives gold demand to decade high
By Harry Dempsey
Financial Times, London
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Demand for gold surged to its highest in more than a decade in 2022, fuelled by "colossal" central bank purchases that underscored the safe haven asset's appeal during times of geopolitical upheaval.
Annual gold demand increased 18% last year to 4,741 tonnes, the largest amount since 2011, driven by a 55-year high in central bank purchases, according to the World Gold Council, an industry-backed group.
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Central banks hoovered up gold at a historic rate in the second half of the year, a move many analysts attribute to a desire to diversify reserves away from the dollar after the U.S. froze Russia's reserves denominated in the currency as part of its sanctions against Moscow.
Retail investors also piled into the yellow metal in a bid to protect themselves from high inflation.
Central bank purchases of gold hit 417 tonnes in the final three months of the year, roughly 12 times higher than the same quarter a year ago. It took the annual total to more than double of the previous year at 1,136 tonnes. ...
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