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    1. February 23, 2015

      US investigates banks’ precious metals trading

      US regulators are investigating at least 10 banks over precious metals trading and have subpoenaed HSBC in a sign of further...

    2. February 23, 2015

      Gold: tarnished value

      To its fans, gold has multiple attractions. Purportedly, it is an inflation hedge. But over the past decade there is little...

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    1. February 20, 2015

      Newmont Mining climbs on earnings

      Newmont Mining was one of the best performing stocks on the US benchmark, after lower production costs helped the gold miner...

    2. February 19, 2015

      Barrick Gold reveals asset sale and debt reduction plan

      John Thornton has given his fullest insights yet into how he intends to turn round Barrick Gold, rejecting expansion into...

    3. FT Alphaville

      February 18, 2015

      Negative rates as global cash burn

      As Paul Krugman always likes to recount, strange things happen at the zero bound. Macroeconomics gets weird. Liquidity traps...

    4. February 17, 2015

      Fed rate expectations push gold lower

      Worries about an early US rate rise weighed on gold, pushing the precious metal down sharply to a five-week low. Gold...

    5. February 17, 2015

      Stakeholder pushes Petropavlosk for new debt talks

      A private investment vehicle has bought a significant stake in Petropavlovsk and is threatening to push the troubled gold...

    6. February 16, 2015

      Gold shrugs off Greece fears

      Gold fell on Tuesday, ending three days of gains, even as talks by eurozone finance ministers over the future of Greece’s...

    7. February 12, 2015

      Global gold demand hits four-year low

      Global gold demand fell 4 per cent last year to its lowest level since 2010 as China failed to repeat its record buying of...

    8. February 9, 2015

      Randgold raises dividend as it eyes acquisitions

      Randgold Resources became the first blue-chip London miner to raise its dividend this year as it predicted opportunities for...

    9. February 5, 2015

      Mongolia raises hopes over Oyu Tolgoi mine expansion

      Mongolia’s prime minister has suggested the state cut its share in big mining projects in return for higher royalty...

    10. February 2, 2015

      Chinese banks to join new gold fix from March

      The replacement for the near-century-old London gold fix will start in March, with the hope of attracting at least 11...

    11. February 1, 2015

      Uncertainty sparks a rush for gold

      Syriza’s electoral victory in Greece and fears that its anti-austerity stance could spread to other eurozone countries have...

    12. January 29, 2015

      Russia buys record amounts of gold

      Russia accounted for about one-third of central banks’ gold purchases last year as the country spent more on the metal than...

    13. January 27, 2015

      Return of gold speculator a bullish sign

      There has been much talk recently about how investors are becoming fearful that central banks are becoming a source of...

    14. January 23, 2015

      Gold gains lustre on haven status

      Every January an asset comes into favour, making gains as sentiment flips with the calendar. As was the case a year ago,...

    15. January 21, 2015

      Gold rises to $1,300 on haven demand

      Gold rose past $1,300 a troy ounce Wednesday, its highest level since August, as investors sought havens ahead of expected...

    16. January 20, 2015

      Gold explorer Gabriel Resources seeks arbitration with Romania

      A gold explorer that has tried for 15 years to build a $2bn mine in Romania is invoking investment protection treaties to...

    17. January 20, 2015

      Gold rally due as central banks add risk

      Carry traders are squeezed, the odd foreign exchange broker goes to the wall, central Europeans who borrowed in Swiss francs...

    18. January 19, 2015

      Gold rises amid expectation of ECB move on QE

      Gold rose to its highest level since August on Tuesday as investors sought safe places to park cash amid concerns about a...

    19. January 19, 2015

      Goldcorp swoops on Probe Mines deal as metal prices hit lows

      Goldcorp has agreed a C$526m ($440m) deal for a Canadian gold explorer in a renewed attempt to secure coveted assets at a...

    20. January 15, 2015

      Best Buy blighted by gloomy sales outlook

      Best Buy was punished by investors on Thursday despite reporting strong holiday sales figures, as the electronics retailer...

    21. January 15, 2015

      Gold bugs welcome Swiss National Bank’s franc action

      Precious metals tend to revel in a bout of intense market uncertainty as traders’ instinctive flight to “safety” response...

    22. January 13, 2015

      Gold at three-month peak on haven buying

      Gold rose to its highest level since October on Tuesday, as nervous investors sought the precious metal as a haven to park...

    23. January 11, 2015

      Gold miners struggle to shine in investors’ eyes

      Gold miners are hoping that the four-year low in the precious metal’s price, recorded in November, marked the end of a...

    24. January 6, 2015

      Handbag discounts hurt Michael Kors

      Sentiment on luxury retailer Michael Kors soured further with the latest blow coming from analysts at Credit Suisse, who...

    25. December 23, 2014

      Gold: frankincense and myrrh

      Shopping time for the magi. First up, frankincense and myrrh. Both are tree resin products — not so easy to find the day...

    26. December 22, 2014

      Supply is key to commodities’ volatile year

      “Demand hasn’t been bad,” Ivan Glasenberg, chief executive of Glencore, one of the world’s resource companies, told...

    27. December 10, 2014

      Investors tapped to fund gold fraud film

      Two of the world’s toughest mining tycoons battle it out with a star geologist, a chancer and a dictator’s children for...

    28. December 9, 2014

      Gold climbs as investors seek safety

      A flight to safety has helped the price of gold reach its highest level in just over a month. Bullion rose $27 to $1,231 a...

    29. December 4, 2014

      Canadian miners go for gold in Northern Ireland

      It does not yet amount to a gold rush, but Northern Ireland may become a significant source of the precious metal as plans...

    30. FT Alphaville

      November 30, 2014

      Chicago, the last refuge of light touch regulation?

      Friday, November 28th. It’s the day after Thanksgiving in the US – possibly the lightest trading session of the year. And...

    31. FT Alphaville

      November 28, 2014

      An Indian precedent for Switzerland

      Switzerland’s “anyone can initiate a referendum if they’ve got enough signatures” society gets to vote on the “Save our...

    32. November 28, 2014

      India scraps gold import restrictions

      India has scrapped controversial quantitative restrictions on gold imports that have triggered a spike in smuggling and...

    33. November 28, 2014

      Gold dips ahead of Swiss vote

      Gold eased amid thin trading ahead of a Swiss vote on Sunday that will decide whether the country’s central bank should keep...

    34. November 28, 2014

      A golden initiative that could fail to shine for Swiss economy

      ‘Populist Swiss votes signal waning affection for business ’ Financial Times, November 26 Save our Swiss gold! Save our...

    35. November 27, 2014

      Barrick Gold considers asset sales

      Barrick Gold is open to selling a wide range of assets as the world’s largest gold miner by output tries to cut its debts...

    36. November 25, 2014

      Swiss referendums challenge nation’s business-friendly image

      Few nations have been more sympathetic to business than Switzerland. This is, after all, the country whose citizens in 2012...

    37. November 21, 2014

      Gold: worth its weight?

      A decade ago, when Alan Greenspan was chairman of the mighty Federal Reserve, he was infamous for delivering ambiguous,...

    38. FT Alphaville

      November 20, 2014

      ECB QE and the prospect of gold purchases

      One of the problems with ECB QE, as we all know, is the lack of a collective eurobond or sovereign-neutral asset to target,...

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