Gold demand through the first half of 2022 came in at 2,189 tons, up 12% over the first half of last year, according to the World Gold Council Gold Demand Trends Q2 report.
Central banks globally added another net 35 tons of gold to reserves in May, according to data compiled by the World Gold Council. This follows on the heels of a net 19.4-ton increase in gold holdings in April and an 84-ton surge in gold reserve through Q1.
The Czech National Bank is about to go on a gold-buying spree. Incoming CNB Governor Ales Michl said he plans to increase the bank’s gold holdings nearly 10-fold during a recent magazine interview.
Central banks globally added a net 14.2 tons of gold to their reserves in December, according to the latest data from the World Gold Council. Central bank gold buying was up 82% year-on-year.
Turkey was the biggest buyer in December, adding 10.1 tons of gold to its reserves. That boosted the country’s total gold holdings to 10.1 tons. Turkey was a big seller in the third quarter of last year, but appears to be replenishing its reserves.
Ireland has added more gold to its reserves as inflation worries mount.
According to the latest data, the Central Bank of Ireland purchased $88 million ($78 million euros) in gold in November, adding to the two tons it added to its holdings in previous months. With the latest purchases, the Irish central bank has boosted its gold reserves by over three tons in a three-month period.
Over the last several years, we’ve seen strong central bank gold-buying. The surge in gold purchases has primarily been driven by a handful of consistent players. But over the last several months, we’ve seen several new countries enter the market.
The most recent is Ireland.
Singapore expanded its gold reserves by about 20% earlier this year, joining a growing number of countries increasing their investment in the yellow metal.
Central banks globally added 69 tons of gold to their reserves in the third quarter, according to data compiled by the World Gold Council. This contrasts with a net decrease in reserves of over 10 tons in Q3 2020.
Central banks globally added another net 56.7 tons of gold to their reserves in May as more banks dip into the gold market, according to the latest data compiled by the World Gold Council.
Gold-buying by central banks slowed last year from the record pace we saw in 2018 and 2019. That trend has continued into 2021, but buying is ahead of last year’s pace as many countries continue to load up on the yellow metal.