from Kitco NEWS
lass=”” >Despite gold prices ending the U.S. day session moderately lower Wednesday, the metal is up 27% year to date. Think about that a minute, says Nick Colas, chief market strategist for New York- based Convergex, ‘as we celebrate the S&P 500 making a new high but only +4.5% for 2016 in price terms.’ So who is buying gold here, and why? ‘Consider that U.S. listed exchange-traded funds have been an important buyer of physical gold this year, adding $16 billion to their stockpiles from incremental money flows. Across all types of U.S. listed ETFs, gold funds now have 2.3% of all assets under management,’ says Colas. But he adds that the gold trade is far from crowded.
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