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Gold as an investment - Statistics & Facts

Gold has been revered as a symbol of wealth and prosperity for millennia. It has managed to maintain its value through the ages and unlike paper currency, coins, or other assets it has been a stable way to pass on and preserve the value of wealth from one generation to the next. A central bank or a nation will often hold gold reserves in order to store value as a guarantee to redeem promises to pay depositors or to secure a currency. The United States consistently tops the list of the countries with the largest gold reserves, with reserves amounting to over eight thousand metric tons.

Historically, gold has been an excellent hedge against inflation because of its tendency to increase in value when the cost of living increases. Because of its stability and the rate of return as an investment, it is an attractive commodity. In 2019, gold had the third highest average daily trading volume globally, after U.S. Treasuries and S&P 500-stocks.

Gold is widely used in the global investment industry. As of the third quarter of 2020, around 495 metric tons of gold was used for investment purposes, which was the most common use for gold, followed by the jewelry industry. The demand for gold bars fell dramatically in 2014, but has remained steady since then, whereas demand for gold coins has remained relatively stable.

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