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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: Big 40% uptick in November gold withdrawals on Shanghai Exchange

13 Dec 2016 - SGE gold withdrawals in November were a huge 40% higher than in October suggesting the annual total may yet reach 2,000 tonned


12 Dec 2016 - A kook at some of tghe points raised in the latest 'Things that make you go hmm..'newsletter pointing to some of the positives for gold in the current uncertain political and economic environment.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Gold closes the week below $1,160. Where to now?

10 Dec 2016 - With gold dropping below $1,160 yesterday and an FOMC meeting this coming week seen as likely to reult in a raised U.S interest rate after a year of prevarication, what is in store for the gold price?

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: With gold little is as it seems

09 Dec 2016 - There are some major anomalies in gold supply and demand statistics, and activity which make accurate price forecasting virtually impossible

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Italian referendum : Gold confounds - again

05 Dec 2016 - Despite an Italian referendum result which would seem to favour gold, the metal price plunged when markets opened following a brief upwards spike when the likely referendum result became apparent.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Gold, GFMS, China Demand – Koos speaks out

04 Dec 2016 - GFMS's Chinese gold consumption figures skewered by's Koos Jansen

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!

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