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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).

e: lawrie.williams@sharpspixley.com

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Major gold price divergence between Shanghai and London

01 Dec 2016 - Since early November when comparative SGE and LBMA benchmarks gold prices were mostly similar, a wide disparity in Shanghai's favour seems to have been developing.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Gold back on the Fed grindstone

30 Nov 2016 - A likely U.S. Fed rate increase in December is but one of several factors which could affect the gold price negatively, or positively, in the days and months ahead.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Hillary Trumped – what now for Gold?

09 Nov 2016 - The Donald Trump victory in the U.S. Presidential election saw gold soar, but then fall back sharply. So what next?

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: China’s 2016 Gold Demand Continues Downward Trend

07 Nov 2016 - China's official gold purchases and SGE gold withdrawals both trending lower in October

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Russia may have to sell gold to boost current account

25 Oct 2016 - Lower oil prices and Western sanctions have been adversely affecting Russia's current account to the extent that Pravda says the country may have to sell some of its gold and diamond stocks to compensate.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: SGE gold withdrawals picking up but well down y-o-y

21 Oct 2016 - SGE gold withdrawal figures for September show an increase on the previous month's figure but are still well below the record 2015 level.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: SGE leading gold price recovery as positive indicators pick up

20 Oct 2016 - Since China returned from holiday it appears to have been the SGE gold price benchmark which has been setting the daily trend as some other demand indicators have been turning positive.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Ill wind boosts sterling gold price

07 Oct 2016 - Gold has taken a knock this week with the Chinese markets closed, but the latest flash crash in the pound sterling has meant that in terms of the UK's domestic currency gold holders have fared rather better

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: How long for gold market to be controlled by paper gold non-transactions?

06 Oct 2016 - The latest gold price crash was precipitated by big paper gold transactions without physical gold changing hands, at a time when the Chinese markets, which have been a stabilising influence, were closed for a holiday. Coincidence? We don't think so!

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Gold price plunges in China’s market absence

04 Oct 2016 - The gold price has seen a sharp downplunge today in the absence of any Chinese guidance due to the week long closure of the Shanghai Gold Exchange for the ironically named Golden Week holiday

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: The parallels between Brexit and US Presidential election. Buy gold!

28 Sep 2016 - There are possible similarities between the U.S. Presidential polls and those running ahead of the Brexit vote. So don't write off a Trump victory even if the polls suggest a Clinton win. And if Trump wins there could be huge political and economic...

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Will falling Chinese imports put the brakes on rising silver price?

25 Sep 2016 - Recent analysis from Germany's Commerzbank suggests that falling Chinese silver imports will put the brakes on metal price rises. We disagree and suggest its all about the gold price.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Fed kicks the can again – gold jumps for joy!

22 Sep 2016 - The gold price recovered much of its lost ground as the U.S. Fed failed to raise interest rates again at its September meeting

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: The Curious Case of Swiss Gold Flows - Next Episode

21 Sep 2016 - The anomaly that is the make-up of Swiss gold imports and exports continued in August with the UK remaining by far the biggest recipient yet again.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Russian Central Bank Gold Purchases Pick Up Again

21 Sep 2016 - The Russian central bank has announced its biggest monthly increase in its gold reserves this year for August, putting year to date rises on par with those of a year ago.

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