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Central Banks Will Keep Gobbling Gold In 2024

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Organizations like the World Gold Council reported a staggering increase compared to 2022:

"On a year-to-date basis, central banks have bought an astonishing net 800t, 14% higher than the same period last year."

Whether or not The January Effect will apply to the gold price as we finish the first month of 2024, there are plenty of indicators that the central bank buying spree will continue for at least the first half of the new year. Accelerating de-dollarization is just one factor, as powerhouses like China and Russia continue strategically moving further and further from the grips of USD hegemony.

Of course, actions by the Biden administration to isolate Russia with sanctions in the wake of the Ukraine conflict only provide further impetus for the Russians to continue divesting in any way they can from the US dollar. Combined with a volatile ruble and a wave of new American spending to feed its proxy wars in Ukraine and Israel, it only makes sense that Russia's gold coffers will continue to grow.

You can also bet on China and Russia buying significantly more gold than what gets reported publicly, so the real numbers are always higher than they seem. As Jim Richards has pointed out many times, such as in this tweet from Q1 last year, countries like Russia and China hold gold acquired through off-the-books buying programs that far exceed what they officially claim:

"Central Bank of Russia reported a gain of 30 metric tonnes in its gold reserves. That's after a year of flatlining more likely due to non-reporting than non-acquisition. Nice to see Russia back in the game."

For more central bank gold-buying fuel, the Fed, claiming victory against inflation, has actually given up on fighting itThe Fed knows it backed itself into a corner and has no choice but to lower rates in 2024 — which means central banks will need a way to hedge against those easier money policies. And while the Fed's balance sheet shrank in 2023, it didn't even come close to closing the gap created by the trillions it added during the Covid era. Of course, that wouldn't stop Powell from running his victory lap at 2023's final post-FOMC press conference about stopping rate hikes:

"That's us thinking we've done enough."