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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 hedging increased in Q1. Positive or negative?

12 Jul 2016 - The latest gold hedgebook analysis from GFMS and SocGen shows an increase in Q1 this year and the prospect that such activity will grow along with forward gold price uncertainty.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Should UK’s pre-Brexit gold buyers take profits?

08 Jul 2016 - With the pound diving and gold strengthening post Brexit, should UK investors who bought gold pre-the vote to exit from the EU consider taking some profits?

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Huge post-holiday increase in GLD gold holdings key gold price driver

06 Jul 2016 - An enormous 28.8 tonne one-day inflow into the big GLD ETF has been a key influence in the latest rise in the gold price

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: China’s H1 SGE gold withdrawals 973.1 tonnes

05 Jul 2016 - China's gold demand as represented by SGE withdrawals continues to be well down on a year ago with the latest figure for June at 138.5 tonnes

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Still stronger gold price ahead - Credit Suisse

04 Jul 2016 - Latest analysis from Credit Suisse suggests a gold price reaching $1,500 an ounce by end 2016 or early 2017

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Silver surges. Will it be allowed to continue upwards?

29 Jun 2016 - At long last silver made something of a move yesterday/overnight rising to above $18.20 after languishing at around the $17.40 level for some time.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Markets settling – gold down, pound and stocks recovering

28 Jun 2016 - Markets are settling following the UK's referendum vote for Brexit. Could it all turn out to be something of a non-event as far as the markets are concerned - except perhaps for the pound which is currently down sharply against the US dollar

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: UPDATE: Pound, markets and gold – let’s get Brexit into perspective

26 Jun 2016 - Brexit has had a huge adverse impact on European Stock Markets, but rather less so on the UK one. The pound has been hit hard, but not as hard as some were predicting while gold spiked up but then came down to a level it had seen only just over a week...

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Brexit: Crunch day for gold and sterling at hand

22 Jun 2016 - As the Brexit vote is now just about upon us, tomorrow will likely be something of a crunch day for both the gold price and the pound sterling, at least in the short term, as the world adjusts to whatever the outcome will be.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Brexit loses momentum. Gold drops. But it ain’t over yet!

21 Jun 2016 - Gold has dropped and the pound sterling risen as the Brexit camp seems to have lost momentum with the odds now even more in favour of a Remain vote.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Central Bank gold buying slipping back, but ETF demand compensating

21 Jun 2016 - A hiatus in gold purchases by the Chinese Central Bank and a sharply lower month of purchases by the Russian on suggests central Bank gold purchases will be down sharply this year, but gold ETF inflows have continued - more than compensating for the CB...

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Brexit in the balance. Gold surges. Silver may begin to fly

16 Jun 2016 - Brexit uncertainty is helping drive the gold price up through the $1,300 level as latest polls suggest that it is a real possibility. If gold continues to surge, more volatile silver could get a strong boost.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: BoAML looks for higher gold price and silver prices but….

12 Jun 2016 - The latest 96-page Bank of America Merrill Lynch's analysts' report on gold and silver describes itself as 'A More Bullish View on Bullion' - but is perhaps only marginally so given the gold and silver price performance so far this year

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: China’s SGE gold deliveries down 17.7% ytd

08 Jun 2016 - Latest figures out of the SGE published today see a further weakening in May and the year to date figure down 17.7% on the 2015 figure at the same time.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: China stops buying gold?

07 Jun 2016 - Latest figures from the Peoples Bank of China suggest that the country bought no gold for its reserves during May after an unbroken run of gold purchases since at least July last year when it began announcing monthly gold reserve increases

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