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The gold market in 2018 – four trends to watch out for

In 2017, investors added gold to their portfolios as incomes increased, uncertainty loomed, and gold’s positive price momentum continued: US$8.2bn flowed into gold-backed ETFs and the US$ gold price rose 13.5%, its best year since 20102018 Gold trendsAs 2018 begins we explore four key market trends and their implications for gold:

  • synchronised global economic growth
  • shrinking central bank balance sheets and rising rates
  • frothy asset prices
  • market transparency, efficiency, and access.

We believe that these trends will support demand and maintain gold’s relevance as a strategic asset.

Gold has delivered positive returns over the long run, outperforming key asset classes

Annual average returns over various time periods*

2018 Gold trends

*As of 31 December 2017. Annual return computations are based on total return indices, except gold where the spot price is used. This arrangement more accurately reflects portfolio level performance.

Source: Bloomberg, ICE Benchmark Administration, World Gold Council

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