Gold market and industry
From 2012 to 2016, the annual average gold price dropped from 1,668.98 U.S. dollars per troy ounce to 1,250.74 U.S. dollars per troy ounce. The average price has grown significantly from the early 2000s with an annual average price of 279 U.S. dollars per troy ounce in 2001 up to the record high in 2012. Similarly, the costs of mining gold have risen considerably in recent years. In 2005, mining costs totaled 280 U.S. dollars per troy ounce and increased to 566 U.S. dollars per troy ounce in 2010. As of 2016, for example, Canadian company Barrick Gold reported an average realized gold price of 1,248 dollars per ounce.
Gold is a metal that is considered malleable, ductile and is known for its bright lustrous yellow color. This transition metal is highly valued as a precious metal for its use in coins, jewelry, and in investments. Gold was also once used as a standard for monetary policies between different countries. The price of gold is determined by daily fixings where participants agree to buy or sell at a set price or to maintain the price through supply and demand control. For gold, companies like Barclays Capital, Scotia-Mocatta, Sociétè Générale, HSBC, and Deutsche Bank are members in gold fixing at the London Bullion Market Association.
Within the gold mining industry, thelargest gold deal based on value in 2014 was the acquisition of the Osisko Mining Group by Yamana Gold and Agnico Eagle Mines for 3.6 billion U.S. dollars. However, gold mining has become a subject of controversy and has prompted the need for recycling the precious metal. The United States recycles some 130 metric tons of gold annually.