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Why is gold so precious?

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Media, Mineral Economics

Price of Gold

Last week’s Strictly Boardroom article with Allan Trench on was on a topic we’ve covered before, and will likely cover again (potentially via a book) – why is gold so precious? Specifically why is it used as a store of value and monetary exchange? It turns out there are some good physical and economic reasons. From a physical perspective it is naturally occuring, stable, solid, non-toxic and scarce, which is complimented by economic criteria of a large, liquid market and a very high unit value. For more detail the full article is available to subscribers on

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