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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 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.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS:Chinese Gold Assoc figures equate domestic gold demand to SGE withdrawals

19 Jan 2016 - Figure from the Chinese Gold Association's yearbook shows China's gold demand is virtually identical to SGE withdrawal figures, hugely contradicting WGC estimates.

UPDATE: Announced figure for week 1 SGE gold withdrawals truly phenomenal. Is it a typo.

17 Jan 2016 - The announced figure for Week 1 SGE gold withdrawals was so enormous that observers feel it may have been a mistake. But if not ....

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Metals Focus bullish on palladium long term but...

14 Jan 2016 - While long term prospects for palladium look bullish, things could still get worse before they get better

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Gold:Silver ratio needs big gold bull market to bring it down

13 Jan 2016 - Those who follow the Gold:Silver Ratio in expectation that it will come back to the historical 16 level will likely be disappointed. The ratio could drop, but will take a mega run up in the gold price if it is to do so.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Could gold be the answer in a difficult 2016

11 Jan 2016 - We may be seeing the beginnings of a change in investor sentiment towards gold as equities markets remain fragile and global geopolitical uncertainties abound.

UPDATE WITH CHART: 2015 SGE gold withdrawals total 2596 t - 19% higher than previous record

08 Jan 2016 - China's full 2015 year SGE gold withdrawals have come out at 2,596.4 tonnes, 19% higher than the previous record achieved in 2013.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Gold advances in an ever-more unstable geopolitical and investment climate.

06 Jan 2016 - Not even one week into the New Year and three unanticipated geopolitical and financial events have disrupted markets and boosted gold.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Ill wind. Gold price falls in USD but still positive for many nations

04 Jan 2016 - As 2016 starts with more geopolitical instability, it should be recognised that gold mine production has not been falling and currency movements have meant miners have not been suffering nearly as much from the gold price fall in USD as analysts have...

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Black Swans hatching – gold advances

04 Jan 2016 - The first full trading day in 2016 has seen markets fall and gold rise on fallout from a 7% downturn on the Shanghai market and increased Middle East tensions due to the Saudi execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.

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