Shanghai Gold Exchange volume for the week ended May 29, 2015.
The Shanghai Gold Exchange delivered 37.082 tonnes of gold during the week ended May 29, 2015.
Total gold withdrawals on the Shanghai Gold Exchange year to date are about 985 tonnes.
China is becoming the center of the Asian gold world. A $16 billion China Gold Fund was announced last week and the Shanghai Gold Exchange continues to establish itself as viable competitor to the gold trading centers in London and Chicago. China’s gold imports, trading and mining production are one of the cornerstones of China’s de-dollarization/Yuan strengthening initiatives that also includes selling U.S. Treasuries and the creation of the Asian Infrastrucure Investment Bank.
China is widely believed to be making a play for inclusion in the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) Program later this year. If China fails to gain inclusion in the SDR, its recent initiatives to strengthen its currency and gain greater acceptance of the Yuan may provide a strong alternative to the IMF regime.
The volume of gold delivered on the Shanghai Gold Exchange dwarfs the volume of gold delivered on the COMEX futures gold exchange where most gold futures contracts are not settled by physical delivery of gold.
In 2014, COMEX delivered under 85 tons of gold or about the amount that the Shanghai Gold Exchange delivers every two weeks!
Volume of Gold Delivered on the Shanghai Gold Exchange
The Shanghai Gold Exchange delivered another 37.082 tons of gold for the week ended May 20, 2015 and has delivered nearly 8,900 tons since 2009.
Along with India, China consumes much of the world’s gold. Depending on any given month either China or India is the number one gold consumer in the world.
China and India Gold Demand
China and India consume much of the world’s gold.
Shanghai Gold Exchange monthly gold withdrawals have increased dramatically over the past few years.
China is the world’s largest gold producer:
China is the world’s largest gold producer with mining production over 2,000 tons the past five years.
In addition to the vibrant Shanghai Gold Exchange and increasing world leading gold mining production, China is also the world’s largest gold importer. Here is a chart showing the volumes of gold traded on the Shanghai Gold Exchange vs. gold imported through Hong Kong.
Chinese gold imports and gold deliveries on the Shanghai Gold Exchange are both strong.
All charts, other than China gold mining production chart, courtesy of Nick Laird.