Lines Around The Block To Buy Gold In London; Banks Placing "Unusually Large Orders For Physical"

Tyler Durden's picture

This is the best quarterly performance for Gold in 30 years...


And as Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog details, physical demand is soaring...

First, let’s look at the improved fundamentals. Gold bugs will exasperatingly proclaim that fundamentals have been great for the past four years yet the price plunged anyway, so who cares about fundamentals? To this I would respond with two observations. First, large institutional investors and sovereign wealth funds have been anticipating a rate hike cycle for a very long time now. They didn’t know when, but they expected it. The fact that the gold bugs never believed this is irrelevant; what matters is that big money believed it, and it was perceived to be very gold negative. In their minds, this anticipated rate hike cycle would confirm that things were getting back to normal, and if things are normal you don’t need to own gold, right?


The problem is that this assumption is quickly being called into question. Sure the Fed hiked rates once, but it is starting to look more and more like a policy error. Meanwhile, other major central banks around the world are going in the opposite direction, toward negative rates. I am a huge believer in market psychology, and the psychology dominating the minds of most institutional investors over the past few years has been that things were slowly getting back to normal. This has weighed on institutional demand for gold in a big way, and been a meaningful factor in the bear market (manipulation aside). If this psychology shifts, the shift back into gold could be very meaningful.


While that backdrop is interesting in its own right, what may make the move into gold that much more explosive is the lack of alternative investments…


– From the February 3, 2016 post: GOLD – It’s Time to Pay Attention

What a difference a couple of weeks can make. The Telegraph is reporting the following:

BullionByPost, Britain’s biggest online gold dealer, said it has already taken record-day sales of £5.6m as traders pile into gold following fears the world is on the brink of another financial crisis.


Rob Halliday-Stein, founder and managing director of the Birmingham-based company, said takings today had already surpassed the firm’s previous one-day record of £4.4m in October 2014.


BullionByPost, which takes orders of up to £25,000 on the website but takes higher amounts over the phone, explained it had received a few hundred orders overnight and frantic numbers of phone calls this morning.


“The bullion market has been building with interest since the end of last year but this morning things have gone bananas,” said Mr Halliday-Stein. “Some London banks are placing unusually large orders for physical gold.”


London-based ATS Bullion added it had been inundated with orders for the past week. The firm has sold 4,000 gold bars and coins since February 1, a 40pc rise on the same period a year ago when it sold 1,500.


“It’s been crazy – it’s been the best week since 2012. We’ve had people queuing round the block,” said Michael Cooper of ATS Bullion, a family run firm that trades online and also from an outlet in the West End.

But that’s just part of the story. As reported by the World Gold Council, the buying really started to pick up in the fourth quarter, courtesy of the Chinese and central banks. Reuters notes:

Buying by central banks as well as Chinese investors seeking protection from a weakening currency helped lift demand for gold in the final quarter of last year and the trend looks set to continue, the World Gold Council said on Thursday.


Chinese demand for gold coins surged 25 percent in the fourth quarter from a year earlier as consumers sought to protect their wealth after Beijing devalued the yuan currency. But stock market turmoil and a slowing economy knocked consumer sentiment and Chinese demand for gold for jewelry fell 3 percent from a year earlier, WGC said.


Central banks have been buying gold to diversify their reserves away from the U.S. dollar and their purchases edged up to 588.4 tonnes last year, second only to a record high 625.5 tonnes in 2013, the report showed.


Central bank buying accelerated sharply in the second half of last year and jumped 25 percent in the fourth quarter, from a year earlier, as the need to diversify was reinforced by falling oil prices and reduced confidence in the global economy, WGC said.


Chinese demand for gold totaled 985 tonnes last year, followed by India on 849 tonnes. They accounted for nearly 45 percent of total global demand, with consumer demand up 2 percent and 1 percent respectively in those countries.

Think about the lack of gold buying from the U.S. relative to its global wealth and it becomes quite easy to see where the fuel for the next bull market will come from.

Meanwhile, on the supply side…

Global supply of gold fell 4 percent last year to 4,258 tonnes, partly because of slower mine production.


Mining companies have scaled back since 2013 in a bid to slash costs and mine production shrank in the fourth quarter of 2015, the first quarterly contraction since 2008, WGC said.

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Keep in mind, all of the above is nothing compared to what may happen in China once gold fever returns to the mainland like in 2013, as Caixin profiled before:

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Durrmockracy's picture
Durrmockracy (not verified) 44MagnumPrepper Feb 11, 2016 12:22 PM

YES!!  Tick tock mf'ers!!

EDIT:  Time's UP!

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

In gold we trust.

I bought two lovely 'ten tola' bars last weekend to add to the stack.

BaBaBouy's picture

And So It Begins........... GOLD Beeaches...

undertow1141's picture

I wonder if there is a bank holiday this weekend?


BaBaBouy's picture

WOW... Perfect Storm...

Comex Vaults Near Fucking EMPTY...
Commercials/Hedgies Paper Short...
QE-1-2-3 Fiats BLOWBACK...

unrulian's picture

soul glow called march weeks ago. ..might be prophetic 

JRev's picture

Isn't there something like a 20% VAT tax on silver in the UK? 

"You must be this rich for currency insurance."

Silky Johnson's picture

Articles like this give me a funny feeling in my weiner.

Zirpedge's picture

You aren't alone, this article is intended for the clueless royal libtard to get fleeced in an overcrowded trade. Also, it's Chinese new year, so yeah alot of Chinese lining up to buy shiney trinkets. 

hedgeless_horseman's picture



for the clueless royal libtard to get fleeced in an overcrowded trade

So, smart guys like you are buying Credit Suisse and Deutch Bank stock, today? Grab some SWN, too!  They are on sale!!!!

BobPaulson's picture

Conviction buy AMZN now with P/E waaaay down below 400.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Conviction buy AMZN now with P/E waaaay down below 400.

On margin secured with blue chips like Twitter, Facebook, NetFlix, and Tesla.

Tarzan's picture

If there are lines in London, why the pics from China?  The telegraph is also reporting

buyers "queue round the block" to purchase the precious metal, yet no pictures, what gives?
Bunghole's picture

I doubt there are any lines anywhere buying gold.

This is just another way TPTB are going to get sheeple into the pen.

Bokkenrijder's picture

London? Fish, chips, cup 'o tea, bad weather, worse food, Mary fucking Poppins? Well, then there are certainly a lot of Chinese living in London!

All those pictures look like they were taken in China, and yes, the gold price went up, but "lines around the block?" Really ZeroHedge? Is this the National Enquirer?

KesselRunin12Parsecs's picture
KesselRunin12Parsecs (not verified) Twee Surgeon Feb 11, 2016 5:21 PM

Let them eat TUNGSTEN!

eforce's picture

Gold is VAT free in the UK, gold sovereigns are legal tender.

Transformer's picture

"London? Fish, chips, cup 'o tea, bad weather, worse food, Mary fucking Poppins?"


Joe Tierney's picture

You could stuff it in your bunghole - looks big enuff. And you'd have the added benefit of stink-based theft guard....

Joe Tierney's picture

You could stuff it in your bunghole - looks big enuff. And you'd have the added benefit of stink-based theft guard....

HyperinflatmyNutts's picture

So u r saying people should not buy Gold? I don't care about a small price movement I buy a little every few months. As long as they have FRN i will continue to trade them for real money.  PS I buys Silver as well. 

Bunghole's picture

I wouldnt be buying today.

Those pics are from a story Tyler ran years ago.

Antifaschistische's picture

I'm sure these are real pictures from a special event in China....but when i was in China in October of last year, the gold stores in the malls were empty.  Always 4 or 5 cute uniformed ladies working behind the counter, with no customers.  But...that was also when everyone was planning on getting rich in the stock market, and P2P lenders, and Real Estate.  Now that all those dreams are being shattered...they may return to gold with a vengence.

FreeNewEnergy's picture

Buy some BAC, an absolute bargain at 11.05. Only down 7.8% today.

Or you could wait to buy when it has a single-digit handle, like maybe Monday.

undertow1141's picture

I'm heavy gold and silver miners and happen to be up 7% on the day.

JRobby's picture

This is nothing

The real chaos is yet to come

Tarzan's picture

Ya, I'll know it's begone for real when the Dow dumps 1.000pts in the morning and ends the day even lower, no ramp

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

Well, not to claim I'm prescient, but I did pick up half a doesn't pieces yesterday.




What? What!?! I'm going boating this weekend! It's frickin' 80 degrees down here in the SoCal, fer' Pete's sake!

Pickleton's picture

"Rob Halliday-Stein"


Poor bastard, his dumbass feminist mother hyphenated him.


auracle's picture

or maybe he took his partner's last name...

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"Poor bastard, his dumbass feminist mother hyphenated him."~

@Pickleton: That's the damned funniest thing I've read in a week. Thanks!

KesselRunin12Parsecs's picture
KesselRunin12Parsecs (not verified) Theosebes Goodfellow Feb 11, 2016 10:50 PM

Now pinch hitting for Pedro Borbon, Manny Mota!

Countrybunkererd's picture

What is worse is the coming storm against "Free Market Capitalism" by "Socialists" and "Communists" when what we are witnessing is really "Inter-National Socialism" like the NAZI's where the markets are not at all free.  The World In General is very close in behavior to 1930's and 1940's Germany but nobody sees the truth.  as to what to buy... "I think Chesapeake Energy!!!"... /s.  Gamble the 1 month timeframe if you are brave enough, I don't have the stones for that.

Countrybunkererd's picture

Maybe I should say the IMF and CFR in general...there is a list of internationalists/globalists leading the charge and it is a long interconnected web of entities.

Zirpedge's picture

You make one good point, the banks and insiders with access to the discount window will always come out on top. 

Bay of Pigs's picture

Sure. Just like Bear Stearns and Lehman did?

Nice try assclown.

centerline's picture

Chances are, all the dumbfucks going all in for gold are going to squeezed out of that physical at rock bottom prices. 

Timing is a motherfucker. I'm with ZIRP here.  Seems I am in the minority - which is a comfort lately.

I look forward to buying people's gold at a fraction of the price when it really matters. 

Oh, and its not like hedging isn't worthy.  So, no binary bullshit arguments better follow from the ZH PM cheerleading squad.


kliguy38's picture

timing IS a motherfucker........enjoy your wait, one thing is certain either way you'll never own an ounce of actual gold 

FIAT CON's picture

I will not be squeezed out of my gold ever.

 Thanks for the BS line though you sound good!

Zymurguy's picture

Oh, yeah and don't forget to buy up as much Bitcoyn as you can, bitchez!  /sarc

NorthernPike's picture

Zirpedge - I tried to one up you, but the system will not let me. That is OK as we live in a world of "Likes" of shiney trinkets related to lemmings dying to die. OMG! Gimme, gimme, gimme that thing. Keep on shining bro!


pods's picture

I find it ironic that someone with a handle named "NorthernPike" would complain about people chasing shiny things.

Any pike fishermen out there know what I mean.


Zirpedge's picture

They have teeth like a Barracuda and hit like a ton of bricks. Fortunately, the shiney comes from their instinct to hit on healthy living bait fish..not barbarous relics.