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Lawrence Williams

Lawrence (Lawrie) Williams is a well known London-based writer and commentator on financial and political subjects, but specialising in precious metals news and commentary. He is a qualified and experienced mining engineer having graduated in mining engineering from The Royal School of Mines, a constituent college of Imperial College, London – recently described as the World’s No. 2 University (after MIT).


LAWRIE WILLIAMS: China’s gold reserves – fact or fiction?

15 Jul 2018 - China has again reported a zero increase in its official gold reserves to the IMF for the 20th successive month increasing speculation that it is building up its gold holdings in other non-reported accounts.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: How the mighty are fallen. RSA gold on the decline

14 Jul 2018 - The Republic of South Africa (RSA) used to be by far the world's biggest gold producer but output there peaked nearly 50 years ago and has been on the decline ever since.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Markets nervous as Trump trade rhetoric escalates

11 Jul 2018 - The U.S.-China trade (tariff) war appears to be escalating and markets are reacting nervously accordingly.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Gold held back by dollar index upturn

10 Jul 2018 - Gold looked as though it might be about to break out from its recent weak trading range, but has been brought back down to earth by a stronger dollar

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: China H1 gold demand exceeds 1,000 tonnes

06 Jul 2018 - Chinese gold demand as measured by SGE gold withdrawals seems to be holding up well and has already exceeded 1,000 tonnes at the half year mark

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: H1 2018 Investment – all fall down (almost)

01 Jul 2018 - Gold and silver may be down in price year to date, but other assets - apart from oil - have performed little better and some, like bitcoin, infinitely worse

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Turkey - another country significantly raising its gold reserves

27 Jun 2018 - Russia has been by far the biggest buyer of gold for its central bank as reported monthly to the IMF, but recently Turkey has joined in as the second largest reported buyer of gold for its central bank.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Greater China’s imports of Swiss gold continue strong

25 Jun 2018 - Latest Swiss gold export figures point to continuing strong Chinese demand in May, although Indian demand still fairly low

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Dollar devaluation against gold inevitable – Murenbeeld

23 Jun 2018 - Dr Martin Murenbeeld firmly believes that it is inevitable that the U.S. dollar will have to be devalued against gold as an ultimate result of escalations in President Trump's tariff impositions.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: What happens to gold in a global equities crash?

22 Jun 2018 - Precious metals prices would probably also suffer short term should there be a global equities downturn, but they would likely recover faster and better.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Russia adds another 18.7 tonnes of gold to reserves

21 Jun 2018 - Russia added another 18.66 tonnes of gold to its reserves in May bringing it ever closer to the 2,000 tonne level.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS:Gold plunges on stronger dollar or...

19 Jun 2018 - Gold only held the $1,300 level briefly before being brought down to earth by stronger dollar, profit taking or manipulation - take your choice!

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Gold up through $1,300 despite hawkish FOMC

14 Jun 2018 - Any perceived accord between Presidents Trump and Kim Jong Un has been something of an irrelevance to precious metals with the FOMC meeting seen as more important to prices. Precious metals have been rising despite the Fed's hawkish indications.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Gold's Groundhog Days - do not pass $1,300!

09 Jun 2018 - Virtually every day in the past week or so the gold price has followed an almost identical pattern. It has been range bound and has been kept from rising above $1,300 for all but a few minutes.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: China official gold reserves unchanged again as forex holdings dip

08 Jun 2018 - China's forex reserves at end-May fell to the lowest level for seven months, but over a quarter of the fall will have been due to the reduced value of its gold reserves due to a weakening gold price.

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