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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: Gold ETFs take in spectacular volumes past two days

23 Feb 2016 - US-based gold ETFs have now taken in a spectacular 39 tonnes of physical gold in just 2 working days

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Enormous purchases into US gold ETFs go virtually unnoticed

22 Feb 2016 - Vast purchases of gold into the two major US gold ETFs totalling over 23 tonnes on Friday seem to have gone unnoticed by the media.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Russia's January gold reserve increase much higher than previously reported

21 Feb 2016 - Russia's gold reserves increased by 21.8 tonnes in January - some 60% higher than some previously reported estimates of its January purchases.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Gold miners go for improved margins at expense of debt writeoffs and productio...

18 Feb 2016 - Gold mining margins have been improving at the expense of reducing debt and closure and divestment of less, or un-, profitable operations.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Goldman says short gold – again. Price plunges then recovers.

16 Feb 2016 - Another sell gold short recommendation from Goldman Sachs analysts coincided with a big downturn in the gold price, but this has since made something of a recovery.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: The gold bulls still have the advantage - at least for now

12 Feb 2016 - Unsurprisingly, the gold price dipped today after yesterday's remarkable rise, but investors should remember that gold had a good run this time last year too.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Yellen testimony sparks another big gold price surge

11 Feb 2016 - After falling back during the early stages of the Fed Chair's report on the latest FOMC meeting, gold surged again through the psychological $1200 level as the statement continued suggesting more Fed uncertainty over the economy.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: China still building gold reserves, running down forex

09 Feb 2016 - China added another 16 tonnes of gold to its officially reported reserves in December bringing them to 1,778 tonnes - but is this the real figure? Chinese forex reserves also fell by $98.5 billion to help support the yuan.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: What does peak gold mean for the gold price

05 Feb 2016 - The latest estimate from consultancy GFMS sees new mined gold output already turning down in Q4 last year and suggests a 3% fall in output in 2016. But is this enough to have any real impact on the gold price.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: China gold output falters for first time in around 20 years

03 Feb 2016 - After around 20 years of continuing domestic gold output growth China's gold production fell by 0.4% in 2015 according to latest figures from the China Gold Association.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: World’s Top 10 Gold producers – Peak Gold already here?

01 Feb 2016 - The latest statistical analysis from precious metals consultancy GFMS shows global gold output beginning to turn down at last - a trend which is expected to continue

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: China’s gold absorption, not retail consumption, is the key to global gold flows

28 Jan 2016 - Mainstream consultancy Chinese consumption figures hugely understate the amount of gold which China is actually absorbing.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Fed Rate Rise has Boosted the Dollar AND Gold

26 Jan 2016 - Contrary to accepted theory, although the US dollar has risen since the Fed increased rates last month, the gold price has risen too, while equities have suffered.

Do GLD ETF gold inflows suggest a positive sentiment change?

23 Jan 2016 - In the first three weeks of the current year the GLD gold ETF has seen an increase of 21.8 tonnes of gold - thus clawing back one third of its total outflow last year. Does this represent a change in sentiment for gold?

LAWRIE WILLIAMS:Russia buying more gold than China. 21.8 tonnes in Dec.

21 Jan 2016 - Russia's central bank has announced a further 21.8 tonne increase in its gold holdings in December.

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