by Clara Denina
When Britain voted to leave the European Union, the thoughts of Yorkshire teacher Grace Hall immediately turned to her family’s bottom line.
Three days later, as UK stocks and sterling plummeted, she put those thoughts into action and deposited part of her life savings — 25,000 pounds — into gold.
“My husband and I are both worried about bank failures and our cash getting swallowed up,” she said. “I’m also worried about our kids’ jobs and their future.”
Hall was not alone. Dealers are seeing an unprecedented amount of interest in gold, much of it from first-time buyers, to take advantage of its role as a safe haven in times of stress or unexpected “black swan” events like Brexit.