People’s Bank of China Gold Reserves Steady Since October 2016
For the 26th month in a row, The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) gold reserves were updated. The latest update showed that the PBOC’s gold reserves remained unchanged in July. In June 2015, the PBOC updated its gold reserves for the first time since 2009 by reporting an additional 604 tonnes.* Since then the PBOC has added another 170 tonnes of gold to her reserves.
In July of 2015, the People’s Bank of China updated publically their gold reserves for the first time since 2009. Many gold observers were expecting a massive increase. When the PBOC announced that its gold reserves increased a healthy 604 tons, more than a few cried foul and insisted that “China” was lying and hiding their true gold holdings. At that time we published “The Case of China’s Missing Gold“. In that article we noted that China’s missing gold perhaps wasn’t missing at all – it just wasn’t listed on the PBOC balance sheet.
Clearly, there is more gold in China than is reported on the PBOC balance sheet. According to the USGS, China has mined over 5,200 tons of gold since 2000, the SGE has experienced withdrawals of over 14,500 tons of gold and imported over 5,300 tons of gold into China via Hong Kong since 2001. Yet, the People’s Bank of China lists under 1,850 tons of gold on its balance sheet.
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NB: PBOC gold reserves calculated from PBOC data that lists gold reserves by dollar amount at end of each month. Dollar amount is divided by the LBMA gold price, provided by Kitco, at the end of each month to get a troy ounce total which is then converted into metric tons.
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