Hang on to your gold

Goldhas slipped to a two-month low of around $1,220 an ounce, and may tread water for now. Global demand slipped by 16% year-on-year in the first quarter, largely because investors have stopped pouring money into gold-backed exchange-traded funds, according to the World Gold Council. Last year, investment demand in the January-March period reached record levels amid jitters over the Brexit vote and the US election. 

In the first quarter of this year, China’s appetite for bars and coins breached 100 tonnes for only the fourth time on record. But the geopolitical backdrop has settled [...]