Central banks and geopolitics could keep gold demand hot in 2024, World Gold Council says

World Gold Council

The two most significant events for gold demand in 2023 were the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and the Hamas attack on Israel, the World Gold Council (WGC) said, estimating that geopolitics added between 3% and 6% to gold’s performance over the year.

The WGC estimated that central bank demand added 10% or more to gold’s performance in 2023 and said even if 2024 does not reach the same heights, above-trend buying should still offer an extra boost to gold prices.

The precious metal broke through $2,100 per ounce on Monday 4th December 2023 in intra-day trading, before moderating slightly. Spot gold prices were hovering at around $2,030 per ounce Friday 8th December 2023.

Gold price year to date chart

What is the World Gold Council

The World Gold Council (WGC) is a market development organization for the gold industry. It works across all parts of the industry, from gold mining to investment, with the aim of stimulating and sustaining demand for gold. The council sets standards, strengthens markets, and shapes the global conversation about gold. It was established to promote the use of and demand for gold through marketing, research, and lobbying. 

The council includes 33 members, many of which are gold mining companies.

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