In January, Russia increased its gold reserves by 37 metric tons, equivalent to more than a million troy ounces, Vesti.ru reported on Tuesday. As a whole, Russia’s foreign reserves grew by four percent last month, and stood at $393.6 billion on February 10. The January purchase followed a pause in December, when Russia didn’t buy any gold.
Gold demand popped 4,308.7 tonnes in 2016, up 2% to a three-year high. The primary engine of the growth was exchange-traded funds (ETFs). However, several central banks increased purchases. These included Russia and China. According to the World Gold Council: 2016 full-year gold demand gained 2% to reach a 3-year high of 4,308.7t.
A lot of people think about gold as a percentage of a country’s total reserves. They are surprised to learn that the United States has 70 percent of its reserves in gold. Meanwhile, China only has about 1 percent of its reserves in gold. People look at that and think that’s an imbalance.