from Sharps Pixley:
China shocked the bullion market by declaring today its official gold holdings for the first time in 6 years – the surprise was less that they had done so, and more at the incredibly small figure which is less than half the market consensus. China last reported a figure of 1054 tonnes in April 2009 which has risen to only 1658 tonnes today – we don’t believe the figure, but we struggle to understand the motivation for down-playing it.
With only 1658 tonnes of gold reserves this would put China in 5th position behind the US (8133 tonnes), Germany (3383 tonnes), Italy (2451 tonnes) and France (2435 tonnes). As a country with the world’s largest economy by some measures, one would have expected they would be well north of the German figure really. So what is at play here …
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