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Covid-19 chips away at gold’s safe haven status

Mumbai: Like most asset classes, gold is being affected by the unprecedented economic and financial market conditions in play around the globe, miner’s lobby World Gold Council (WGC) has said in a report.

“We believe that recent volatility in the gold price has been driven by massive liquidations across all assets and likely magnified by leveraged positions and rulebased trading,” the report said .

Gold has also likely been used to raise cash to cover losses in other asset classes because it remains one of the best performing asset classes year-to-date despite recent fluctuations.

It is a high quality and highly liquid asset, trading over $260 billion per day in March.


Thus far, WGC said, selling appears more concentrated on derivatives in exchanges and over-the-counter (OTC). While gold-backed ETFs have experienced outflows in recent days, flows remain positive for the year. Funds across regions have seen $3.6 billion of net inflows in March for a collective total of $11.5 billion year to date.

Looking ahead, WGC believes the deceleration in economic growth will impact gold consumer demand and gold’s volatility may remain high, but high risk levels combined with widespread negative real rates and quantitative easing will be supportive of gold investment demand as a safe haven.


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