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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: 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?

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.

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