How gold helps us understand the UK’s trade flows

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Everyone knows gold is more than just a metal, it’s also a store of value. Has been since ancient times. But this raises an interesting problem for reporting trade figures: Do transactions of monetary gold count the same as industrial and jewelry sales?

There’s a (very) strong case for saying No. But international reporting standards say Yes… Starting tomorrow, the UK will report 2 trade figures. The first will be the same as always, including all gold trades. The second will be excluding monetary gold trades.

Today’s featured article is by a man who knows all about how this will change the reports, and what they intended goal is. Your Gold Enthusiast hopes this will become the reporting standard…

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