SupplyMine production ( new record, growing for 13 years)Net government sales ( averaged some 7% of mine output in decade to 2011, but China, India and Russia now stopped)Scrap from silverware & industry ( peaked with prices in 2011; lowest in at least 10 years in 2014)Net hedging supply ( forward sales by miners to lock in prices now tiny after going negative during boom and bust)DemandJewelry ( steadily growing)Coins & bars ( four times the weight of a decade ago)Silverware ( recovering but lower from 2006)Industrial fabrication ( trending lower), led by:- electricals & electronics ( growing slowly)- brazing alloys & solders ( ditto)- photography ( not quite dead yet)- photovoltaic ( surging again on fresh solar-energy subsidies and investment)Plus the net change in exchange-traded investing trust funds (ETFs) and in reported inventories for futures exchanges such as the CME and SHFE.
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Adrian Ash is director of research at BullionVault, the physical gold and silver market for private investors online. Formerly head of editorial at London's top publisher of private-investment advice, he was City correspondent for The Daily Reckoning from 2003 to 2008, and is now a regular contributor to many leading analysis sites including Forbes and a regular guest on BBC national and international radio and television news. Adrian's views on the gold market have been sought by the Financial Times and Economist magazine in London; CNBC, Bloomberg and TheStreet.com in New York; Germany's Der Stern; Italy's Il Sole 24 Ore, and many other respected finance publications.
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