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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: UK’s post-Brexit gold surge to near record highs emphasises safe haven status

18 Aug 2016 - In the aftermath of the Brexit vote the combination of the drop in the £ sterling and the rise in the gold price has meant the latter is running at near record highs even though the dollar price is still well below the record

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Negative interest rates: Great for gold but are they any good for the economy?

16 Aug 2016 - The world's central banks appear to be moving almost in concert towards the imposition of negative, or zero interest rates, but while this is very positive for gold there seems to be little evidence that it is providing any general economic stimulus.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Gold and silver prices choppy in thin markets

12 Aug 2016 - With many key players in northern hemisphere markets on holiday, precious metals price trends tend to be erratc in a thin market

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Why does gold react so sharply to poss. Fed interest rate rise schedule?

09 Aug 2016 - While Asia may provide the biggest source of gold demand it is apparent that the gold price is, in reality, mostly set on the U.S. COMEX paper gold market, hence the undue influence of Fed interest rate deliberations on the gold price. But this could...

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Chinese gold demand hugely down on a year ago

05 Aug 2016 - Latest SGE gold withdrawal figures for July show continuing weakness in Chinese gold demand - down 25% year on year so far.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Top gold ETF setting the price agenda

03 Aug 2016 - The world's largest gold ETF, SPDR Gold shares (GLD) has added nearly 16 tonnes of gold over the past three trading days. Not coincidentally, the gold price has seen a sharp rise over the same period.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Gold and Silver surge as dollar drops and GLD takes in more

02 Aug 2016 - Today has seen a continuation of the increase in gold, silver and pgm prices which were given a boost with the dismal US GDP growth figures announce on Friday. The dollar and equities have been falling while precious metals have been seeing good rises...

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: What is China’s real gold demand?

27 Jul 2016 - Commerzbank analysts have again highlighted some of the discrepancies in Chinese gold demand figures as reported by GFMS as against gold import figures from Hong Kong - but even this doesn't represent the full anomalous picture.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: GFMS ups gold price forecast but fundamentals could be seen as gloomy

26 Jul 2016 - Despite some worrying statistical assessments of gold's changing supply/demand fundamentals, London specialist consultancy GFMS has raised its gold price forecast for the year by around 8%

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: June Swiss gold statistics highlight continuing reverse gold flows

25 Jul 2016 - The latest gold import and export data out of Switzerland has served to confirm the anomalous gold flows we have been seeing already this year - but will any downturn in ETF gold inflows and the gold price bring the pattern back to normal in the months...

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Russian central bank gold buying back too

21 Jul 2016 - After recording only a small 3 tonne increase in its gold reserves in May the Russian Central bank has announced an 18.7 tonne increase in June

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Is gold hedging going mainstream again?

20 Jul 2016 - Harmony is the latest gold major to enter into hedging a significant portion of its gold output for the next two years - to join Newcrest and Polyus Gold among gold majors forward selling some of their gold output.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Blame it on Brexit

18 Jul 2016 - Many of the world's economic ills are being blamed on Brexit as the scapegoat but they were virtually all fully in play before the UK referendum took place. Where does all this leave gold short to medium term?

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: UPDATE: Gold – a more balanced viewpoint

15 Jul 2016 - The latest mid-year Precious Metals report from Bloomberg Intelligence gives some interesting insights in particular to China's impact and the potential of blockchain, but could do with amplification.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: 16 tonne outflow from SPDR ETF hits gold but silver unfazed

13 Jul 2016 - Yesterday saw by far the largest sale out of GLD this year - 15 tonnes. Did this lead the gold price lower or vice versa and does the steady silver price indicate continuing precious metals strength regardless?

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