Demand For Gold Investment Jumped by Almost 100% Year-on-year
Unlike stock, banknotes, or other assets, gold has managed to maintain its value through the years, preserving the investors’ wealth, especially in times of turmoil in the financial markets. Although many investors value the precious metal as an important portfolio asset, the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic led to a surge in global demand for investment gold.
According to data presented by Aksje Bloggen, the global demand for investment gold reached 582.9 metric tons in the second quarter of 2020, an almost 100% jump year-on-year.
Record Levels of Gold Investments in 2020
In 2016, the global gold demand amounted to 4,309 metric tons, revealed Statista and the World Gold Council data. By the end of 2019, this figure rose to 4,356 metric tons, and investment gold accounted for 30% of that amount. Worldwide gold jewelry demand volumes reached 2,118 metric tons last year. Central banks and technology followed with 648 and 326 metric tons, respectively.
However, statistics indicate the global demand for investment gold continued rising amid the COVID-19 outbreak, while the demand for gold used for technology and jewelry purposes dropped significantly.
In the second quarter of 2020, the global gold jewelry demand amounted to 251.5 metric tons, a 52% plunge year-on-year. Demands for gold used in technology dropped by 17% to 66.6 metric tons in the second quarter of the year. Central banks and other institutions bought 114.7 metric tons of gold in the second quarter of 2020, a 50% plunge year-on-year.
Statistics indicate the global demand for gold for investment purposes hit a record-breaking 1,152 metric tons in the first half of 2020, the highest figure so far.
The Price of Gold Jumped 25% in 2020
The average gold value tends to increase during a recession, making it an attractive investment in uncertain times. In January 2018, a troy ounce of gold cost $1,331.30, revealed the Statista and World Gold Council data. After a slight drop during the third and fourth quarter of that year, it stood at $1,320.07 in February 2019. By the end of the last year, the price of gold rose to $1,479.13.
The gold price continued rising amid the coronavirus outbreak reaching $1,732.22 in June, a 17% increase in six months. Statistics indicate the price of gold stood at $1,964.30 at the end of the last week, a 25% jump since January.
Communities in Delta State Shut OML30 Operates by Heritage Energy Operational Services Ltd
The OML30 operated by Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited in Delta State has been shut down by the host communities for failing to meet its obligations to the 112 host communities.
The host communities, led by its Management Committee/President Generals, had accused the company of gross indifference and failure in its obligations to the host communities despite several meetings and calls to ensure a peaceful resolution.
The station with a production capacity of 80,000 barrels per day and eight flow stations operates within the Ughelli area of Delta State.
The host communities specifically accused HEOSL of failure to pay the GMOU fund for the last two years despite mediation by the Delta State Government on May 18, 2020.
Also, the host communities accused HEOSL of ‘total stoppage of scholarship award and payment to host communities since 2016’.
The Chairman, Dr Harrison Oboghor and Secretary, Mr Ibuje Joseph that led the OML30 host communities explained to journalists on Monday that the host communities had resolved not to backpedal until all their demands were met.
Crude Oil Recovers from 4 Percent Decline as Joe Biden Wins
Oil Prices Recover from 4 Percent Decline as Joe Biden Wins
Crude oil prices rose with other financial markets on Monday following a 4 percent decline on Friday.
This was after Joe Biden, the former Vice-President and now the President-elect won the race to the White House.
Global benchmark oil, Brent crude oil, gained $1.06 or 2.7 percent to $40.51 per barrel on Monday while the U.S West Texas Intermediate crude oil gained $1.07 or 2.9 percent to $38.21 per barrel.
On Friday, Brent crude oil declined by 4 percent as global uncertainty surged amid unclear US election and a series of negative comments from President Trump. However, on Saturday when it became clear that Joe Biden has won, global financial markets rebounded in anticipation of additional stimulus given Biden’s position on economic growth and recovery.
“Trading this morning has a risk-on flavor, reflecting increasing confidence that Joe Biden will occupy the White House, but the Republican Party will retain control of the Senate,” Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets in Sydney.
“The outcome is ideal from a market point of view. Neither party controls the Congress, so both trade wars and higher taxes are largely off the agenda.”
The president-elect and his team are now working on mitigating the risk of COVID-19, grow the world’s largest economy by protecting small businesses and the middle class that is the backbone of the American economy.
“There will be some repercussions further down the road,” said OCBC’s economist Howie Lee, raising the possibility of lockdowns in the United States under Biden.
“Either you’re crimping energy demand or consumption behavior.”
Nigeria, Other OPEC Members Oil Revenue to Hit 18 Year Low in 2020
Revenue of OPEC Members to Drop to 18 Year Low in 2020
The United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) has predicted that the oil revenue of members of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will decline to 18-year low in 2020.
EIA said their combined oil export revenue will plunge to its lowest level since 2002. It proceeded to put a value to the projection by saying members of the oil cartel would earn around $323 billion in net oil export in 2020.
“If realised, this forecast revenue would be the lowest in 18 years. Lower crude oil prices and lower export volumes drive this expected decrease in export revenues,” it said.
The oil expert based its projection on weak global oil demand and low oil prices because of COVID-19.
It said this coupled with production cuts by OPEC members in recent months will impact net revenue of the cartel in 2020.
It said, “OPEC earned an estimated $595bn in net oil export revenues in 2019, less than half of the estimated record high of $1.2tn, which was earned in 2012.
“Continued declines in revenue in 2020 could be detrimental to member countries’ fiscal budgets, which rely heavily on revenues from oil sales to import goods, fund social programmes, and support public services.”
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