Physical Gold Monthly Report | July

14 July 2021


Read through our latest monthly report written by The Royal Mint, our partners for our Physical Gold ETC

  • Central Banks continued to add gold to their reserves throughout June 
  • The World Gold Council’s ‘Gold Demand Trends’ report for June explained how German consumers had bought more gold bars and coins in 2020 than in any previous year Performance Review


Gold Price Performance


12 Month*



Past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Source: LBMA, HANetf *12 Month figures based on 30.06.20 -30.06.21.


Economic Impact

In the first week of June, US employment and service sector data was released which proved to be more favourable than some had previously predicted. This data boosted expectations of a promising economic recovery in many sectors. As a result, the gold price fell by more than 2%, while silver and platinum fell by 4.3% and 3.7% respectively.

Despite the positive news around US employment rates, inflation continues to be a concern globally.  After reaching a two-year high of 2.1% by the end of May 2021, The Bank of England’s former Chief Economist, Andy Haldane, predicted that UK inflation rates will surpass 4% by the end of the year, which will result in higher prices in restaurants, for household and DIY goods and fuel. Rising rates of inflation have traditionally been a driver for increased gold demand due to the precious metal’s role as a store of value - the price of gold has traditionally outpaced consumer price inflation.

Many individual investors are using the current price dip as an opportunity to buy gold, especially as there are indications of continued positive performance in the months ahead. In June, the World Gold Council revealed that demand for bullion coins and bars is still greater now than it was last year, and the average price of gold is forecast to hit $1,974 per ounce in 2021; 11.5% higher than the average price in 2020.[1] Past performance is no guarantee of future performance. 


The Royal Mint Physical Gold ETC Performance Table (As of 30.06.21)







The Royal Mint Physical Gold ETC Securities







London 3pm LBMA Gold







The performance calculation is based on USD. If the currency in which the past performance is shown differs from the currency of the country in which you reside, you should be aware that due to exchange rate fluctuations, the performance shown may increase or decrease if converted into your local currency. Past performance is not an indicator for future results and should not be the sole factor of consideration when selecting a product. Investors should read the prospectus of the Issuer (“Prospectus”) before investing and should refer to the section of the Prospectus entitled ‘Risk Factors’ for further details of risks associated with an investment in this product. Source: Bloomberg / HANetf. Data as of 30/06/2021


Central Bank Purchases

Central Banks continued to add gold to their reserves throughout June - as has been the trend for 2021 so far. In fact, the sector added between 150-200 tonnes of gold to reserves in total.[2] A significant portion of this increase came from banks in central and eastern Europe. Hungary reported that they had tripled their gold reserves to a total of 95 tonnes and Poland confirmed that they had added over 200 tonnes to their national reserves over the course of the last two years.[3] 


International Update 

The World Gold Council’s ‘Gold Demand Trends’ report for June explained how German consumers had bought more gold bars and coins in 2020 than in any previous year, even when compared to the period following the global financial crisis of 2007-2008. It also cited a survey whereby 40% of German gold-buyers revealed they intended to purchase more gold in 2021, citing the coronavirus pandemic as their main driver.[4] 

In India, it was reported that as a result of ongoing virus case rates, demand for gold was still falling short of expectations in June. ‘Brick and mortar’ retail is the most common method of purchasing gold in India and various lockdowns have prevented customers from visiting these stores during the pandemic. These physical shop-owners commonly use discounting as a tactic to drive interest in the metal and the start of June saw discounts of up to $12 an ounce offered, the largest seen since September 2020. Furthermore, whereas gold purchases would traditionally take place in smaller, family-run stores in India, many consumers are now turning to larger, retail-style chain stores that are less crowded and afford more space and distance to shoppers.[5]  


Cryptocurrency Volatility

A World Gold Council report released at the beginning of June[6] suggested that gold has proved to be one of the most stable asset classes from a volatility perspective; both during the market disruption seen throughout the pandemic and during the subsequent rebound. This is because the value of gold in recent months has remained more or less stable, especially when compared to other investment options such as cryptocurrencies, which have demonstrated significant volatility over the last two years. For this reason, the World Gold Council continue to advocate gold as a safe haven and an effective diversifier, particularly within portfolios that also hold riskier assets. 


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