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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: Markets finding it tough to find their feet

16 Feb 2018 - The recent huge dives in equity markets have left them struggling to find their feet - a new direction remains obscure. For the moment gold is benefiting, but silver being left behind

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Russia may now be World No. 2 Gold Miner

14 Feb 2018 - According to a Reuters report, the Russian Finance ministry has put Russian gold output in 2017 at 306.9 tonnes which probably means that Russia now becomes the world's second largest gold producer after China.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: China: Jan SGE gold withdrawals up; Central Bank Gold reserves unchanged

08 Feb 2018 - China's Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) has announce January gold withdrawal figures around 21% higher than a year ago. Meanwhile the nation's Central Bank has announced yet another month of zero official gold reserve increases.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Gold steadying the investment ship as equities and bitcoin crash

05 Feb 2018 - General equity prices around the world have fallen sharply over the past couple of days, while gold has steadied. Are equities following bitcoin down - the latter has fallen almost 60% in the past month? But be warned - precious metals could fall too...

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: China world’s largest gold consumer but figures understate

05 Feb 2018 - The China Gold Association has announced new figures confirming that China remains the world's largest gold consumer but we think this substantially understates the true picture of real Chinese gold flows

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Swiss gold exports in 2017 lower but still 80% plus flowing east

02 Feb 2018 - Annual Swiss gold export figures for 2017 show exports at the lowest level for 11 years, but still substantial, with over 80% headed for Asia and the Middle East.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Precious metals markets manipulation – 3 major banks accused by CFTC

30 Jan 2018 - Three non-U.S. banks and six individuals are facing criminal proceedings over alleged spoofing activities in the precious metals futures markets.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Gold not allowed to close the week above $1,350.

27 Jan 2018 - Futures market activity and gentle dollar support prevented gold ending the week above the psychological US$1,350 level.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Dollar drops, gold soars as U.S. starts to lose control

24 Jan 2018 - This morning saw the dollar index (DXY) consolidate below 90 and the gold price in dollars hit $1,350, although it has actually fallen in some key currencies like the UK pound which is at its highest level against the US dollar since the Brexit vote.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Gold will do well in 2018, but not break out – RICK RULE

23 Jan 2018 - In an interview at the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference, Sprott's Rick Rule says that god will do well this year but is not on the verge of a 'break out' but some gold stocks could be.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Almost there! Russian gold reserves now within 4 tonnes of China’s

21 Jan 2018 - In adding another 9.33 tonnes to its official gold reserve the nation's figure is now within 4 tonnes of China's reported figure.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Gold price of $1,340 – Pass at your peril?

18 Jan 2018 - The big money, which may be keeping the gold price suppressed for whatever reason, looks to be capping the rising price at around the $1,340 level. Will this continue - or be overridden by a falling U.S. dollar?

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Precious metals performing positively – pgms in front.

14 Jan 2018 - Precious metals prices have got off to a good start in the first two weeks of the year with pgms leading the way,

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Gold on a tear as dollar weakens - silver being left behind

13 Jan 2018 - The gold price has just had a strong week - at least in US dollar terms, but silver has been left behind a bit, although did make something of a late run.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: China gold reserve increases – back to the bad old days

08 Jan 2018 - China has once again reported a zero increase in its official gold reserve meaning it appears not to have raised its gold reserve level ever since its currency became part of the IMF's SDR basket in October last year.

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