Sunday, December 18, 2005

Gold is a chemical element in the periodic table that has the symbol Au (L. aurum) and atomic number 79. A soft, shiny, yellow, dense, malleable, ductile (trivalent and univalent) transition metal, gold does not react with most chemicals but is attacked by chlorine, fluorine and aqua regia. The metal occurs as nuggets or grains in rocks and in alluvial deposits and is one of the coinage metals.
For millennia, gold has served as money and is also used in jewelry, dentistry, and in electronics. Gold forms the basis for a monetary standard used by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). Its ISO currency code is XAU.

here is what the IMF have to say about gold :

  • The IMF's policy on gold is governed by the following principles:
    As an undervalued asset held by the IMF, gold provides fundamental strength to its balance sheet. Any mobilization of IMF gold should avoid weakening its overall financial position.
  • The IMF should continue to hold a relatively large amount of gold among its assets, not only for prudential reasons, but also to meet unforeseen contingencies.
  • The IMF has a systemic responsibility to avoid causing disruptions to the functioning of the gold market.

35 years price history of gold (Courtesy of


more later, real1.


globalfriendshipnetwork said...

gold prices will fall sharply as girls now want cars,mobiles not jewellery

real1 said...

Global Jewelry demand is growing (according to my data) however it is just one of the driving forces behind gold demand . other factors are industry, Central Banks accumulation and Investor demand.



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