The world may have already produced the most gold in a year it ever will, according to the chairman of the World Gold Council.
Production is likely to plateau at best, before slowly declining as demand rises, especially given global political risks and robust purchases by consumers in India and China, Randall Oliphant said in an interview Monday.
“It’s not clear how the whole U.S. political system will play out,” said Oliphant, an industry veteran who’s been an executive at some of the world’s biggest gold miners. “All this uncertainty seems very fertile ground for people to get into gold.”
“We’re not going to fall off a cliff in the near term, but in the same time it’s really hard to see how we’re going to produce enough gold to meet all this demand,” Oliphant said.
The last statement by Oliphant, the chairman of the World Gold Conference is absurd.
There is ample gold to meet demand. Unlike energy or silver, gold is not used up.
Nearly every ounce of gold ever mined is still in existence. The exchanges would not run out of gold even if production fell to zero tomorrow and stayed that way for the next decade.
What’s the Real Long-Term Driver for Gold?
Most analysts are totally clueless about gold and gold markets. They cite jewelry, mining production, central bank sales, and all sorts of other irrelevant factors in their analysis.
If you really want to understand what gold is all about, I suggest you read an interview on Gold Switzerland with Robert Blumen: “What’s really key for the price formation of gold?”
Blumen discusses assets vs. consumption, mine supply, jewelry, marginal demand, the alleged (and nonexistent “gold deficit”), and sentiment.
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