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: Palladium/platinum premium to persist – Metals Focus

23 May 2019 - In its take-away from opinions expressed at London Platinum , Metals Focus sees palladium's price premium over platinum continuing for years to come despite a number of risks facing the catalytic metal.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Russia adds another 15.6 tonnes to gold reserves in April

21 May 2019 - Russia is continuing to build its gold reserves monthly and remains on track to become the world's third largest national gold holder by early next year.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Are GLD withdrawals a threat to the gold price?

16 May 2019 - So far this year the world's biggest gold ETF, GLD, has shed around 62 tonnes of gold - worth nearly $2.6 billion. Is this additional supply a threat to the longer term gold price?

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Gold Jumps, Dow crashes as US/China trade war escalates

14 May 2019 - Yesterday's tit-for-tat Chinese tariff impositions on some U.S, goods saw American equities crash and the gold price rise, There may be something of a recovery today but this could be shortlived.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: China SGE gold withdrawals sharply down in April

14 May 2019 - Latest figures released by the Shanghai Gold Exchange see a year-on-year gold withdrawals fall in April which may signify a downturn in Chinese growth this year, although it is probably still too early in the year to make such a judgement.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Platinum supply may move into deficit this year

13 May 2019 - According to latest analysis by pgm specialist Johnson Matthey, Platinum supply/demand could move into deficit in 2019, although the WPIC and Metals Focus both disagree, .

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Palladium price falls back below gold

09 May 2019 - High flying palladium has, this morning, seen its price fall sharply and is currently trading below gold for the first time in several months. Although its fundamentals still look strong the change in investor sentiment may keep it down.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Equities dive, gold up, China buys more

08 May 2019 - Equities fell sharply on a possible escalation of the U.S..-China trade war, and the gold price rose assisted by positive news from India and China.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Central Banks keeping up gold buying pressure – or are they?

03 May 2019 - Although official purchases of gold may be up by 68% year on year in Q1 one should not necessarily expect this kind of massive rise to be replicated throughout the full year and the overall total may yet fall short of last years; recent record of over...

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Gold hit by Fed statement – but will recover!

02 May 2019 - The gold price started to rise as Fed Chair Jerome Powell's press statement unfolded, but then took a massive dive as Powell's optimistic tone on the U.S. economy became apparent. We feel the fall was hugely overdone and that prices will recover.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: A true measure of Chinese gold consumption

01 May 2019 - Chinese gold demand is key to the assessment supply/demand fundamentals and we have continually argued that the true position is far in excess of that classified as consumption by the major independent consultancies,. New Chinese reporting completely...

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: UK shipping gold direct to China – and Azerbaijan

29 Apr 2019 - Latest statistics for UK gold exports show mainland China s the largets recipient in February, followed by the tiny nation of Azerbaijan!

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: China gold output slipping – Australia and Russia catching up ?

26 Apr 2019 - China's annual gold output looks to be continuing to fall according to the latest figures from the China Gold Association, while World Nos. 2 and 3 gold miners - Australia and Russia are both seeing gold output grow.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: March Swiss gold exports almost back to normal

25 Apr 2019 - After a couple of anomalous months where the UK was by far the biggest recipient of Swiss gold exports, things seem to be getting back to near normal with India and china the biggest irecipients.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Is gold poised for takeoff?

23 Apr 2019 - Many of the factors which would suggest a significan boost in the gold price in the short to medium term seem to be falling into place.