Gold Demand Rose By 36% In Q2, Gold ETF Demand Up 414%

Total gold demand1 in Q2 2010 rose by 36% to 1,050 tonnes, largely reflecting strong gold investment demand compared to the second quarter of 2009. In US$ value terms, demand increased 77% to $40.4 billion, the World Gold Council reports. Demand for paper gold – ETFs – rose by 414%.

“European retail investor demand has increased significantly.”

Marcus Grubb


“Economic uncertainties and the ongoing search for less volatile and more diversified assets such as gold will underpin investment demand for gold in the immediate future. Further, in light of lingering concerns over public debt levels and the euro, European retail investor demand has increased significantly,” Marcus Grubb, managing director at World Gold Council, says in a statement.

Demand for gold will remain robust during 2010 as a result of accelerating demand from India and China, as well as increasing global investment demand driven by continuing uncertainty over public debt and economic recovery, the World Gold Council (WGC) says.

According to the WGC’s Gold Demand Trends report for Q2 2010, published today, demand for gold for the rest of 2010 will be underpinned by the following market forces:

India and China will continue to provide the main thrust of overall growth in demand, particularly for gold jewelery, for the remainder of 2010.

Retail investment will continue to be a substantial source of gold demand in Europe.

Over the longer-term, demand for gold in China is expected to grow considerably. A report recently published by The People’s Bank of China and five other organizations to foster the development of the domestic gold market will add impetus to the growth in gold ownership among Chinese consumers.

Electronics demand is likely to return to higher historic levels after the sector exhibited further signs of recovery, especially in the US and Japan.


Demand For Gold ETFs Up By 414%

Total gold demand1 in Q2 2010 rose by 36% to 1,050 tonnes, largely reflecting strong gold investment demand compared to the second quarter of 2009. In US$ value terms, demand increased 77% to $40.4 billion, according to the WGC report.

Investment demand2 was the strongest performing segment during the second quarter, posting a rise of 118% to 534.4 tonnes compared with 245.4 tonnes in Q2 2009.

The largest contribution to this rise came from the ETF segment of investment demand, which grew by 414% to 291.3 tonnes, the second highest quarter on record, WGC points out.

Physical gold bar demand, which largely covers the non-western markets, rose 29% from Q2 2009 to 96.3 tonnes.

Global jewelery demand remained robust in Q2 2010. In the face of surging price levels, consumption totaled 408.7 tonnes during the second quarter of 2010, just 5% below year-earlier levels. Gold jewelery demand in India, the largest jewellery market, was little changed from year-earlier levels, down just 2% at 123.0 tonnes. In local currency terms, this translates to a 20% increase in the value of demand to Rp216 billion.

China saw demand for gold jewelery increase by 5% to 75.4 tonnes3. While growth in demand in tonnage terms was hindered by extreme weather conditions, the growth in the local currency value measure of demand was 35% to RMB 19.8 billion.

With the return of demand for consumer electronics, industrial demand grew by 14% to 107.2 tonnes, compared to Q2 2009.

Flight To Quality

“While many investors turned to gold as a ‘flight to quality’ in response to the uncertain financial environment, this interest has proved resilient even though a sense of optimism has started to return to some sectors of the investment community. In addition to the ETF market and physical bar and coin market, the demand for gold through internet based investment platforms is likely to provide further sources of investment demand,” Marcus Grubb, managing director at World Gold Council, says.

“Economic uncertainties and the ongoing search for less volatile and more diversified assets such as gold will underpin investment demand for gold in the immediate future. Further, in light of lingering concerns over public debt levels and the euro, European retail investor demand has increased significantly,” he adds,

“Over the past quarter, demand for gold jewelery in key Asian markets has been challenged by rising local prices. Nevertheless, we are seeing a deceleration in the pace of decline in demand, providing a strong outlook for ongoing recovery in this crucial market segment,” Mr. Grubb says.

Price of gold over the last two years. (RSI still tending up).

Here’s a copy of the full Q2 report from World Gold Council.


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