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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: Jobs, Brexit and Gold – the unholy trio that are upsetting the Fed applecart

06 Jun 2016 - U.S.job figures, the possibility of Brexit, among others have seen a reversal in the recent gold price decline and all are adversely impacting the next Fed rate rise decision.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Reversing gold flows could lead to Perfect Storm

03 Jun 2016 - So far this year Asian gold demand has dropped significantly, but has been more than replaced by ETF and coin investment.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Latest polls suggest a Brexit. Should Europeans buy gold?

01 Jun 2016 - Latest opinion polls in the UK point to Britain voting to leave the EU later this month. Previous polls had mostly suggested the opposite. UK and European investors might be wise to have some gold in their portfolios as an insurance policy against a...

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Higher gold prices can mean lower gold production

30 May 2016 - Q1 stats from the Australian gold mining sector suggest that the higher gold prices achieved are enabling miners to mine to lower grades and thus is leading to lower gold output despite higher process plant throughput.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Swiss gold data raises new doubts on London's gold stocks

26 May 2016 - April's Swiss gold imports and exports show some very interesting anomalies, one of which could be the availability of physical gold in London

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: GLD adds 230 tonnes of gold so far this year and rising despite gold price fall

24 May 2016 - Even though the golkd price has been falling for the past week, the world's largest gold ETF, SPDR Gold Shares, continues to add metal and its holdings at highest level in 30 months

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Russia adds another 15.6 tonnes of gold to reserves in April

22 May 2016 - The Russian central bank tells us that it has increased its gold holdings by 500,000 ounces (15.6 tonnes) in April. This is exactly the same as the average monthly increase in reserves so far this year suggesting the bank may have a specific ongoing...

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: China's Govt controlled gold reserves already 4,500 tonnes plus

18 May 2016 - Taking China's officially reported gold reserves and add in gold it will have access to held by state controlled banks and the total is already 4,500 tonnes - probably higher

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Platinum and palladium supply deficits ahead, but will this impact prices?

17 May 2016 - The latest Metals Focus anaysis of platinum and palladium supply and demand sees both moving into deficit in the current year, but prices could remain muted.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Is platinum in surplus or deficit? Reports contradict.

16 May 2016 - GFMS and the WPIC give different answers to the above question as far as 2015 supply/demand figures are concerned, although both suggest deficits lie ahead.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: ETF gold purchases trump Q1 Asian demand downturn

12 May 2016 - Investment demand, led by big purchases into the gold ETFs, has been the big game-changer for gold in Q1 2016, and this is continuing into Q2, albeit perhaps at a slower pace.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Gold and silver rebound as take-down lacks legs

11 May 2016 - Led by the SGE gold fixes earlier todya, gold and silver prices have staged something of a recovery after being taken down on the COMEX gold futures markets the past couple of days.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: China’s gold demand off by 19% y-o-y but gold ETF holdings up sharply

08 May 2016 - China's SGE gold withdrawal figures for April are weaker than last year but remain on target for an annual 2,000 tonnes plus. Gold ETF purchases strong though.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Top World Silver Producers – Countries, Companies and Mines

06 May 2016 - The latest GFMS silver survey sees the silver supply/demand balance in deficit for the third successive year and details the world's top silver producing nations, companies and mines

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Gold price reluctance to fall could bode well in this year of mega black swans

06 May 2016 - So far this year gold has been on an upwards path and is showing a marked reluctance to fall back. with so much geo-political uncertainty ahead, this could bode very well for its future price path.

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