CHINA'S central bank should Buy Gold as part of a strategy to defend the value of its reserves, according to Zhang Tingbin, founder of leading Chinese financial consultancy CNYUAN and author of the book Gold Defends China.
In an article for China Daily entitled 'Time to boost gold reserves', Zhang argues that there is a "compelling reason for China to increase its gold investments", and that China should Buy Gold "to hedge sovereign debt crisis" and avoid the kind of losses suffered by Chinese reserves in the recent past.
"After the US subprime crisis," writes Zhang, "it was reported that China incurred losses of over $450 billion from worthless Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securities."
Zhang fears that the Eurozone crisis could lead to a similar outcome.
"Debt risks are increasing in Europe. The 600 billion Euros worth of debt purchased by China in Europe has started to lose its shine, while in the Greek debt restructuring the losses were around 30 billion Euros."
China's central bank, the People's Bank of China, last year co-published a report entitled 'Opinions on Promoting the Development of the Gold Market' – which looked at creating new channels for people in China to Buy Gold.
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