Kazakhstan Continues its Gold Buying Spree in August

The National Bank of Kazakhstan Gold Reserves Top 331 Tons.

National Bank of Kazakhstan added 150,000 ounces (4.665 tons) of gold to reserves in August.

Total Kazakhstan gold reserves stood at 331.2520 tons at the end of August 2018 vs Saudi Arabia’s 322.9 tons.

Gold constituted 42% of Kazakhstan’s overall official reserve assets as of August 31, 2018.

Kazakhstan added approximately 36 tons of gold (approximately 1,163,000 ounces) to reserves in 2016.

Kazakhstan added 40 tons of gold (approximately 1,286,000 ounces) in 2017.

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The National Bank of Kazakhstan added 150,000 ounces of gold to her reserves in August bringing her total to 331.252 tons. Kazakhstan’s gold addition in August places it in fourteenth place ahead of the United Kingdom among gold holding nations. According to the World Gold Council the United Kingdom holds 310.3 tons of gold. The United Kingdom sold a significant portion of its gold reserves in the early 2000’s.

According to the International Monetary Fund the GDP of the United Kingdom was $2.5 trillion in 2017, while the GDP of Kazakhstan was $160 billion. Kazakhstan’s gold was worth $12.820 billion as of August 31, 2018.

Along with the Central Bank of Russia, Turkey and The People’s Bank of China, the National Bank of Kazakhstan is one of the few central banks, that have been adding gold to reserves over the past few years.

The Central Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic is also adding gold, albeit in smaller amounts. In February 2017, The Kyrgyz Central Bank Governor Tolkunbek Abdygulov while adding gold to the central banks coffers, also urged its citizens to buy gold. At the time the Central Bank of Kyrgyzstan had about five tons of gold. As of the end of June 2018, its gold reserves had swollen to 8.9 tons.

As of August 2018, the Central Bank of Kazakhstan has added gold to her reserves 71 months in a row!

Central Bank of Kazakhstan gold reserves 2015 - 2018 through August

The National Bank of Kazakhstan added 150,000 ounces (4.665 tons) of gold to her reserves in August 2018.

Why does the Central Bank of Kazakhstan Buy Gold?

According to the USGS, Kazakhstan has increased it gold production from about 22 tons of gold a year in 2008 to about 70 tons in 2017. As Russia converts its roubles into domestically mined gold, Kazakhstan is converting its Kazakhstani Tenge into gold.

kazakhstan gold mining production 2012 -2017

The Kazakhstan Tenge is a weak currency. Kazakhstan has the opportunity to turn its tenge into gold by buying gold from its domestic supply.

Kazakh tenge gold ten year October 18 2018

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Gold as a Percentage of Kazakhstan’s Foreign Reserves

The National Bank of Kazakhstan’s foreign reserves were $30.509 billion at the end of August down from from $30.841 billion at the end of July.

The 10.65 million ounces (331.2520 metric tons) of gold on the National Bank of Kazakhstan’s balance sheet as of the end of August 2018 were worth $12.796 billion or approximately 42% of overall reserves.

In contrast, gold as a percentage of overall reserves at the end of August 2018 was approximately 17.6% at the Russian Central Bank and approximately 2% at the People’s Bank of China.

Gold Reserves by Country top 11-20 october 18 2018

As of the end of August 2018, the Central Bank of Kazakhstan was the 13th largest gold holding nation.

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Kazakh gold holdings sources – World Gold Council, National Bank of Kazakhstan

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