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World Gold Council | Gold-backed ETFs have highest inflows since early 2017

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Gold-backed ETFs had their strongest inflows since early 2017

Global gold-backed ETFs holdings added 72.2 tonnes(t) to 2,481t in April. This is the strongest month of net inflows in more than a year. Growth in global holdings was led by significant North American and European inflows and supported by a small increase in Asia.

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Regional flows

  • North American and European funds saw solid net inflows in April, growing by 44t (US$1.9bn, 3.4%) and 27t (US$1.2bn, 2.8%), respectively
  • Total fund holdings in Asia rose by 2.4t (US$100mn, 3.0%) to 80.2t
  • Funds in other regions had a marginal loss of 1t or 3.0% of assets.

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Individual flows

  • SDPR® Gold Shares and iShares Gold Trust took the lion’s share of North American inflows, increasing 25.1t (US$1.1bn, 3%) and 17.1t (US$700mn, 6.4%) during the month
  • Inflows in Europe were led by Xtrackers Physical Gold (7.9t, 34.2%), Invesco Physical Gold (6.2t, 5.5%), Xetra-Gold (6.2t, 3.1%) and ETFS EUR Daily Hedged Physical Gold (5t, 107.4%)
  • Huaan Yifu Gold ETF was the only Asian fund to break into the top 15 inflows, as it added (1.7t, 10.5%).

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Year-to-date trends

  • North American funds continue to account for the overwhelming majority (54%) of gross global inflows, led by iShares Gold Trust (45t, US$1.9bn), SDPR® Gold Shares (33.7t, US$1.5bn). Elsewhere, Xtrackers Physical Gold (15.6t, US$0.7bn) and Bosera Gold (11.7t, US$0.5bn) have also captured significant flows
  • Holdings in Asian gold-backed ETFs remained in the red, down 1.4t so far this year – this has been primarily the result of Bosera migrating assets from its non-listed to its listed fund
  • Despite seeing little movement in assets during Q1 2018 (-1t, US$0.2bn), European holdings are now comfortably up since the end of December mostly as a result of 26t of inflows in April.

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DANIEL FISHER

Daniel Fisher formed physical Gold in 2008, after working in the financial industry for 20 years. He spent much of that time working within the new issue fixed income business at a top tier US bank. In this role, he traded a large book of fixed income securities, raised capital for some of the largest government, financial, and corporate institutions in the world and advised the leading global institutional investors. Daniel is CeFA registered and is a member of the Institute of Financial Planning.

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