Fake-branded gold bars infusing illegal gold into world markets


A forgery crisis is quietly roiling the world’s gold industry, claims a Reuters report. Gold bars fraudulently stamped with the logos of major refineries are being inserted into the global market to launder smuggled or illegal gold, refining and banking executives tell Reuters. The fakes are hard to detect, making them an ideal fund-runner for […]

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Highest central bank buying in 50 years drives growth in gold demand in 2018


Global gold demand reached 4,345.1 tonnes (t) in 2018, up 4% on 2017 and in line with five-year average demand of 4,347.5t, according to the World Gold Council’s latest Gold Demand Trends report. The annual increase was driven by a multi-decade high in central bank buying and accelerated investment in bars and coins during the […]

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