Today, we're delving into the groundbreaking insights from the World Gold Council's Gold Demand Trends report for the full year and Q4 of 2023. This comprehensive analysis revealed a historic year for gold, with demand soaring to 4,899 tonnes, despite it being the third consecutive year of net outflows from ETFs. Central banks, continuing their buying spree at an unprecedented pace, played a significant role in this surge. Moreover, the year ended on a high note with record gold prices, underscoring the precious metal's enduring appeal in uncertain times.
The report highlighted several key areas of interest for investors. Notably, the investment in gold ETFs dipped to a decade low, impacted by outflows and a slight dip in bar and coin demand. Yet, the spotlight was on central banks, which added over 1,000 tonnes to their reserves for the second successive year, underscoring their growing reliance on gold amidst global economic uncertainties.
Jewellery demand remained robust, defying the odds to register slight gains even as gold prices reached new heights. The technology sector, though experiencing a dip in demand, showed signs of recovery in Q4, promising a brighter outlook for 2024.
On the supply side, the year saw a 3% increase, driven by gains in mine production and recycling. This growth, while modest, played a crucial role in meeting the record demand.
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