30.11.2011 - Will central banks' hidden gold demand boost gold prices?
The release of last week’s IMF statistics for October revealed a continuation of central bank appetite for Gold with net purchases of just over 20 tonnes. A number of existing buyers, such as Russia, added to holdings (a sizeable 19.5 tonnes), said Barclays Capital in a research note. According to Barclays, data to October shows Russia has increased reserves by 82 tonnes so far in 2011, compared to 139.6 tonnes last year. Russian central bank First Deputy Chairman Alexei Ulyukayev has said, "We have been implementing a programme of raising the share of gold in the reserves for several years... we are acquiring huge volumes... we are not planning to step away from this path"...............................................Full Article: Source
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