The World Gold Council supports the development of gold markets and helps investors understand how investments in gold can help them achieve their investment objectives. Our dedicated market intelligence team produce regular research and datasets, which can be accessed from our Goldhub platform, and a selection of our research publications can be found below.

The relevance of gold as a strategic asset 2020 - Russia edition

Gold benefits from diverse sources of demand: as an investment, a reserve asset, a luxury good and a technology component. It is highly liquid, no one’s liability, carries no credit risk, and is scarce, historically preserving its value over time.

Gold can enhance a portfolio in four key ways:

  • generate long-term returns 
  • act as a diversifier and mitigate losses in times of market stress 
  • provide liquidity with no credit risk 
  • improve overall portfolio performance. 

Gold and COVID-19 have found themselves in the same sentence regularly over the last few weeks; the recent outbreak of the virus and subsequent elevation of the situation to a pandemic status by the World Health Organization (WHO) has rocked the global economy.