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Vaults emptied, coin and bars on allocation as ravenous demand for physical silver continues unabated

Silver vault holdings in London hit 997Moz (31,023t) at the end of Q2, which was the lowest total since November 2016. It also stands in sharp contrast to the record reporting high of 1,180Moz (36,705t), which occurred in June 2021, Metals Focus says. “This represents a drop of 15% or 183Moz (5,683t),” it says. “This in turn reflects the ongoing strength of physical silver demand. That may sound counterintuitive, given how the silver price has performed recently, but in our view this is the result of a mix of quite different drivers.” By Reuben Adams for Stockhead

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High Investment Expected Despite Uncertainty

“Mexico’s mining industry remains very attractive to investors despite the challenges. First of all, because it is a consolidated industry with years of experience and knowledge. Second, as a result of this, there are highly trained people who understand how to work efficiently from construction to mine operation. Third, the mineralogy of the country is excellent as it has very large and rich mineral deposits. These characteristics will allow Mexico to remain one of the most attractive investment jurisdictions,” Adam Webb, Director of Mine Supply, Metal Focus, told MBN. By Paloma Duran for Mexico Business News

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Gold Prices Hit Lowest Level in Nine Months

Neil Meader, director of gold and silver at consultancy Metals Focus, is predicting gold prices to fall to as low as $1,670 per ounce by late 2022. Metals Focus foresees gold demand to fall by 2 percent this year, driven by decreasing retail investment and jewelry sales in China—the world’s largest consumer of gold. “As policy rates rise and inflation declines, we expect that real rates and yields will rise materially during the second half, putting pressure on the gold price,” Meader said in a June 8 note, according to S&P Global. By Naveen Athrappully for The Epoch Times

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Metals Focus: Economic Policy Could Drive or Dive Gold’s Value

“Rising inflation, negative real rates and pandemic uncertainties were not enough to help gold stage a rally last year, and its price could not challenge the 2020 high,” Neil Meader, director of gold and silver at Metals Focus, said in the report’s press release. By Georgia Williams for Investing News

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Gold demand to falter as Chinese buying weakens, Metals Focus says

Demand for gold will dip this year, mainly due to weaker jewellery sales and retail investment in China due to COVID-19 lockdowns and an economic slowdown, consultants Metals Focus said. Supply of gold, meanwhile, will rise slightly as mines expand production and recycling increases, Metals Focus said in its annual Gold Focus report. By Eric Onstad, Reuters

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Gold price to average around $1,830 in 2022, a new record – Metals Focus

“Even though an increasingly hawkish Fed, a rising dollar and a wider sell-off in assets then weighed on gold, the price in early June is trading close to its level at the start of the year, outperforming equities and bonds,” wrote Neil Meader, Director of Gold and Silver at Metals Focus in the report. Looking at the second half of the year, Metals Focus said that although risks and market uncertainty have risen, they expect the Federal Reserve to engineer a soft landing for the economy as inflation starts to cool and economic growth remains healthy. By Neils Christensen for Kitco

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The Great Ballistic Rally in Gold and Silver – Phase 2

As expected on the back of silver’s price rise in 2020, silver mining rebounded in 2021 — but to a lesser degree than forecasted. Mine production was up about 5% in 2021 from 2020 levels. Recycling volumes grew by 7% as higher pricing attracted more scrap to the market. Still, Metals Focus analysts had predicted growth for mining supply to be higher, in the range of 8%. As shown in Figure 2, silver supplies have dropped into a deficit since last year, and Metals Focus analysts predict another sizeable deficit of 72 million ounces in 2022. By Investing.com

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Palladium to swing back into deficit, platinum surplus to fall -Metals Focus

Improving demand and lower supply will help palladium and rhodium swing back into deficit this year and reduce platinum’s surplus, consultants Metals Focus said on Monday. The three precious metals are used by automakers in engine exhaust systems, where they neutralise harmful emissions. Platinum is also used in other industries and for jewellery and investment. By Zandi Shabalala for Reuters

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Gold Digger: CHART – Frail Aussie dollar has local gold miners sitting pretty

After nearly rising to a record high in early March, the US gold price has lost significant ground — down more than 10% or $200 from its peak. “The sell-off accelerated in the last two weeks in the run-up to the Fed rate decision on 4th May and in its aftermath as gold’s traditional negative correlation with the US dollar re-emerged; bond yields, both nominal and real have also risen notably,” Metals Focus says. By Reuben Adams for Stockhead

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Gold prices firm, but set for third weekly fall on Fed rate hike prospects

As long as there are uncertainties about global growth and inflation there could be phases where gold prices will gain because equities are likely to stay under pressure, said Harshal Barot, a senior research consultant for South Asia at Metals Focus. The base case, though, is that the bullion is likely to be under pressure, Barot said. European stocks headed for their worst week in two months as investors expect bigger interest rate hikes will be needed to rein in inflation. By Eileen Soreng for Reuters News

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Gold falls to two-month low as dollar surge hurts appeal

“silver demand (due to industrial offtake) this year appears on track to achieve a new high… This, along with limited supply growth, will result in a widening deficit in 2022,” analysts at Metals Focus said in a note. By Seher Dareen for Reuters

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Global industrial demand for silver hits record in 2021, and is set to extend gains this year

The market had already seen silver industrial demand start to recover during the second half of 2020 and “last year saw a continuation of much of this trend,” Philip Newman, managing director at Metals Focus, told MarketWatch. Industrial demand also managed to reach a new high despite the ongoing chip shortage and other supply-related disruptions, he said. By Myra P. Saefong for Market Watch

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Gold Digger: Bullish gold prices to be ‘well supported’ in coming months as inflation, war persists

Yesterday, prices briefly spiked to $US1,980 – a one month high — as soaring inflation, COVID issues in China, and the Russia-Ukraine drove investors into safe havens. “Ultimately, we believe that gold prices will remain well supported in the coming months, assisted by prospects that inflationary pressure will last for longer as well as the persistence of geopolitical tensions,” Metals Focus says. By Reuben Adams for Stockhead

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