London Gold Dealing Up on Year-End Price Drop

GOLD DEALING through London's wholesale market – heart of the world's physical gold trade – jumped as prices fell at the end of 2012, new data showed today.

Market-making members of professional trade-body the London Bullion Market Association, who oblige themselves to quote prices to buy and sell gold throughout the day, reported average daily gold dealing in December worth $33.3 billion between them.

Sizing up that "clearing" statistic by industry estimates for the unreported volume of London trade would suggest a figure of at least $100bn, perhaps as high overall as $290bn.

The jump in silver trading was more dramatic, up by 25% on a reported basis to average $4.3bn, the highest daily level since April 2012.

"Despite continued uncertainty about the global economy, particularly concerns regarding the US fiscal cliff, it was a good month for both metals," says the LBMA in data release today.

What the Association calls "strong client activity" was led by hedge funds trading widely across asset classes in a bid to profit from their "macro" view of the financial markets.

"Asia also re-emerged in the market," the release goes on, "with strong demand for physical metal and gold lending."

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