Gold Bull Run for Ninth Consecutive Year: GFMS
Source: Commodity Online (4/13/09)
"GFMS' report comments on how gold investment experienced a dramatic surge in 2008 although the market experienced wide fluctuations in investment activity. . ."
GFMS' report comments on how gold investment experienced a dramatic surge in 2008 although the market experienced wide fluctuations in investment activity, including an eventual sharp divergence between that in 'paper' products and in gold's physical investment markets. The report noted that robust speculative inflows in the futures and OTC markets earlier in the year later gave way to an explosive rise in demand for physical investment products. Overall, 2008 saw a growing interest from smaller retail investors, high net worth individuals and, perhaps most importantly, increased participation by a broader group of institutional players in the gold market.
The report highlights how short-term investors largely liquidated positions in the months following the spike in prices. Perhaps more interestingly, a dramatic shift took place in the second half, not only in the type of investor active in the market, but also between gold's various investment arenas. The change in the composition of gold investment chiefly began in September, with one of the most important catalysts being the collapse of Lehman Brothers. This, along with plummeting global asset prices and the ongoing deleveraging, resulted in a sharp pull back by the market's more speculative players, particularly from 'paper' gold products.
In sharp contrast, retail investment demand for physical bullion bars and coins exploded in the final third of the year. Despite high price volatility and several savage corrections in the price, physical investment demand proved to be almost wholly unaffected. GFMS also notes that, similarly, gold ETFs markedly benefited from investors' more defensive mindset, with combined volumes rising to all-time highs over the year.