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Colombia Foreign Reserves for Week Ending May 31 (Table)

12 Jun

There is normally a lot of focus on central bank gold holdings in China and India. They have the world’s attention. However, even large purchases of gold by China and India have little impact on their total gold weighting due to their large holdings of fiat currencies.  Sometimes I find it more helpful to assess gold holdings of periphery countries as their parabolic demand for gold is more visible. Columbia’s gold reserves have increased almost 27% year-to-date through to 31 May 2011.


Why commodity prices are going to press even higher

26 May

The greater access and liquidity penetrating the commodity markets have significantly contributed to the upward momentum and speculation chasing natural resources and commodities. It is important to note that this speculation is not without cause. The secular bull market in commodities is what has captured this speculation. Commodities and natural resources account for 61% of total net assets allocated to ETF’s.  Trading commodities and natural resources were once restricted to specialists and large institutional money managers’. The removal of that barrier to entry has caused some seismic shifts and parabolic moves in a number of commodities. Changes in worldwide supply-demand dynamics, money printing and inflation, and weather induced factors have propelled prices even further. The greater access and liberal margin requirements in trading commodities is likely to induce a marked increase in volatility as has already been witnessed.

Commodities and natural resources are being driven higher by fundamentals. The challenge going forwards though is trying to capture upside without getting trapped in the merry-go-round.

Source: ICI 2011

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