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).
21 Mar 2019 - The Russian central bank has announced adding another million ounces (31.1 tonnes) of gold to its forex reserves in February putting it on track to overtake France as the world's No. 4 holder by around the year end
21 Mar 2019 - The gold price fell ahead of Jerome Powell's statement post yesterday's FOMC meeting, but shot up once his words were analysed and it was confirmed that the Fed was unlikely to raise interest rates in 2019
20 Mar 2019 - Palladium hit a high point of over $1,600 an ounce yesterday while the rhodium price is over $3,000. Supply deficits for these two key metals for petrol (gasoline) engine exhaust pollution control catalysts are driving prices ever higher. Will this...
18 Mar 2019 - The gold price has edged above the $1,300 level but is having difficulty in staying there. We remain cautiously optimistic on its likely performance given there are numerous geopolitical pitfalls out there which could give the price a big boost
14 Mar 2019 - An analysis of Swiss gold exports for 2018 shows that an amount equivalent to about 50% of available new mined gold output flows through the small European nation with around 86% flowing eastwards
10 Mar 2019 - Mr Gold - Jim Sinclair - is predicting a global financial catastrophe overtaking us by mid-year. While we agree with much of his overall analysis, we feel the timing of such a collapse is unlikely.
09 Mar 2019 - The Chinese central bank has reported adding a fraction under 10 tonnes of gold to its forex reserves in February, but is the new total any more accurate than in the past?
08 Mar 2019 - The Shanghai Gold Exchange has now released gold withdrawal figures for the first two months of 2019 and if we equate SGE withdrawal figures to Chinese gold demand, as we do, these suggest the nation's demand may be slowing this year/
03 Mar 2019 - With Australian and Russian gold output continuing to advance, peak gold may be receding even further into the distance
19 Feb 2019 - Palladium has built a huge price premium over gold, and in particular over its sister metal, platinum.. The size of the premium over the latter could well generate substitution moves in its principal market as an exhaust emission control catalyst.
18 Feb 2019 - The first month of 2019's SGE gold withdrawals have come in reasonably strong, but not exceptionally so, suggesting China demand remains reasonably positive so far We remain slightly bullish on gold for the year.
16 Feb 2019 - Despite heavy outflows from the big GLD gold ETF so far this month gold managed to stay above $1,300 and then received a big boost from some poor U.S. data which carried it back above $1,320 at the end of the week
15 Feb 2019 - The Russian Finance Ministry and the China Gold Association have published figures for their respective nations' gold production in 2018. These figures suggest Russia is closing the gap on China as the world's No. 1 gold producer.
14 Feb 2019 - A meeting withe CEO of Russia's second largest gold miner opened our eyes to some new technology in gold processing, but also comments on gold, silver and copper - and an aside on geologists.
12 Feb 2019 - The Chinese central bank has announced a higher than expected boost to its forex reserves in January and an 11..8 tonne increase in its gold reserves - the second announced increase after a 26 month reporting hiatus.