‘World Gold Council’ says Gold-backed ETFs saw the largest outflows in over 4 years

The gold lobby group note outflows from gold-backed exchange-traded funds in Q1 of 2021

Say this was offset somewhat by rising physical demand, including for jewellery

  • jewellery demand 52% higher y-o-y
  • Bar and coin investment +36% y-o-y

Say demand boosted by:

  • bargain-hunting, as well as by expectations of building inflationary pressures.


  • Q1 saw continued healthy levels of net buying by central banks: global official gold reserves grew by 95.5t, 23% lower y-o-y, but 20% higher q-o-q. 
  • Gold used in technology grew 11% y-o-y in Q1
  • Demand of 81.2t was just above the five-year quarterly average of 80.9t

Data via the council’s latest report which was out Thursday (US time). 

The World Gold Council

  • is the market development organisation for the gold industry
  • Our purpose is to stimulate and sustain demand for gold, provide industry leadership, and be the global authority on the gold market. 

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