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Welcome to the BullionByPost gold and silver news service. Our news team aims to cover all the latest headline stories affecting the gold and silver bullion markets, as well as reporting on other precious metals, the state of major currencies, and movements in the stock market.

We provide commentary on the state of the economy and wider current affairs or political decisions that impact the markets, giving our customers as much insight as possible and allowing them to make educated choices when it comes to buying and selling in the precious metals market, whether it's for investment purposes or a collection.

Demand for precious metals has soared in recent weeks as lockdowns aim to reduce the spread of coronavirus hit more countries across the globe.

Gold and silver in particular have seen unprecedented demand, leading to stock shortages across the industry as investors clamour for safe haven assets.

26 Mar 2020, 2:48 p.m.

The Bank of England today shocked investors and the public alike with news that the UK interest rate would drop to an all-time low of just 0.1% - an unmatched figure since the BoE first started in 1694.

Gold's price shot up yesterday to from £1,240 per ounce to £1,297.77 as the Pound fell to a 35-year low against the US Dollar, with the Bank of England bracing itself for crisis.

19 Mar 2020, 7:45 p.m.

The United States Mint has announced a shortage of physical silver following a huge surge in demand for precious metals. The Mint has run out of its trademark silver Eagle bullion coins, as sales increased an incredible 300% in March.

13 Mar 2020, 3:10 p.m.

The Bank of England shocked markets this morning with a dramatic emergency cut to the UK’s interest rates.

The cut was announced this morning ahead of today’s dramatic budget, and saw rates dropped from 0.75% to an historic low of 0.25%.

11 Mar 2020, 3:52 p.m.

The East African nation of Tanzania is beginning to enact a plan proposed in 2017 to finally establish central bank gold reserves. The country, Africa's fourth biggest gold exporter, is looking to take advantage of its natural resources and develop a national reserve to cope with the increasingly volatile global economic climate.

3 Mar 2020, 10:41 a.m.

Precious metal prices slipped on Friday as day traders were forced to sell gold, silver, platinum and palladium positions in the face of the worst week for stock markets since the 2008/09 financial crisis.

Given gold’s safe haven status, many people might be confused as to why gold’s price dropped so sharply on Friday. The answer however is simple – margin calls.

2 Mar 2020, 3:03 p.m.

Major international stock markets including the Dow Jones, STOXX 600, and the FTSE 100 have today entered correction territory, having suffered a drop of 10% or more in cases from their recent peaks following continued coronavirus fears and the subsequent impact upon labour and supply chains globally.

27 Feb 2020, 4:30 p.m.

Reports came out over the weekend that a gold field, with reserves of anything up to 3,000 tonnes of gold ore, had been discovered in the Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh, India by the Uttar Pradesh Directorate of Geology and Mining.

26 Feb 2020, 11:25 a.m.

Japan has become the latest economy risking recession following the release of weak GDP figures this morning. Data from the fourth quarter of 2019 shows the world’s third-largest economy contracted by 1.6% - its worst quarter since Q4 2014 and the second-worst since the financial crisis in 2008/09.

17 Feb 2020, noon

Official figures show the UK economy has stalled in the final quarter of 2019, as Brexit uncertainty dragged down businesses.

Consumer spending was poor considering the crucial Christmas period; but it was manufacturing in particular that performed poorly.

11 Feb 2020, 11:14 a.m.

A collection of Iron Age gold coins has been declared treasure by Suffolk’s senior coroner, having been discovered almost a year ago.

19 coins were found near Blythburgh, Suffolk last February by a metal detectorist. The anonymous finder reported the discovery to Suffolk County Council, and through them the coins have been the subject of cleaning and analysis for the past year, ready for sale to museums keen to display the collection to the public.

10 Feb 2020, 12:52 p.m.

The price of gold has made slight gains in the past 24 hours, peaking at $1,576.46 per ounce just before midnight as the Asian markets opened and reacted to the latest coronavirus news.

Prices today have risen due to the confirmation that the coronavirus death toll has now surpassed that of SARS. The UK today reported four new cases of coronavirus, while in Japan the Nissan car factory in Kyushu has suspended production while the virus is still prevalent.

10 Feb 2020, 11:46 a.m.

After a strong 2019, gold-backed ETFs continued to perform strongly at the start of 2020, registering a new record high number of holdings at 2,947 tonnes of gold.

33 tonnes of January’s increased ETF holdings came from Europe, with the UK the primary source of gold-backed ETF demand at 21 tonnes ($1.1 billion).

7 Feb 2020, 5:27 p.m.

China has announced it will be cutting tariffs on $75 billion worth of goods by half, in a major boost to global stock markets amidst the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

The CSI 300 index in China rose by 1.86%, while the Hang Seng rose by 2.4%. In Europe, the STOXX 600 hit a new record high of 424.80 points, courtesy of strengthening stocks in the UK, France, and Germany.

6 Feb 2020, 12:16 p.m.

The price of gold has fallen this morning by £12 an ounce, following unconfirmed reports in the Chinese media that a drug has been found to help treat patients infected with coronavirus.

5 Feb 2020, 11:34 a.m.

China’s Shanghai Composite index registered a loss of 7.72% today (-229.82 points) as fears over the rapidly spreading Coronavirus were finally reflected on the previously-closed Asian markets.

Investors are wary of backing markets – especially Chinese ones – in the face of reduced operations. With business effectively on hold, many investors see little point in putting money into the system.

3 Feb 2020, 1:05 p.m.