Gold as an investment - Statistics & Facts

Gold has been revered as a symbol of wealth and prosperity for millennia. Gold has managed to maintain its value through the ages and unlike paper currency, coins or other assets it has been a stable way to pass on and preserve the value of wealth from one generation to the next. A central bank or a nation will often hold gold reserves in order to store value as a guarantee to redeem promises to pay depositors or to secure a currency. The United States consistently tops the list of the countries with the largest gold reserves, with reserves amounting to over eight thousand metric tons.

Historically, gold has been an excellent hedge against inflation because of its tendency to increase in value when the cost of living increases. Because of its stability and the rate of return as an investment, it is an attractive commodity. In 2018, gold had the sixth highest average daily trading volume globally.

Gold is widely used in the global investment industry. In the second quarter of 2019, 282 metric tons of gold was used for investment purposes, which was the second most common use for gold after the jewelry industry. Demand for gold bars fell dramatically in 2014, but has remained steady since then, whereas demand for gold coins has remained stable.

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