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Increased Transparency of London Gold Holdings

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

LBMA, the Bank of England and the commercial Vaults (Brink’s, HSBC, ICBC Standard Bank, JP Morgan, Loomis and Malca Amit) announced today that they will publish the gold and silver holdings of the vaults in London with a one-month lag. These figures provide an important insight into London’s durability and reinforce the underlying strength of the physical OTC Market.

Record Gold Holdings in July of 282.62 million ounces

Responding to the requirement for increased transparency from the Fair and Effective Markets Review, the data was originally produced with a three-month lag in line with the publication of the Bank of England’s gold holdings.

This initiative has come at a unique time for the London market. The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of gold and silver in “challenging times”.

Ruth Crowell, LBMA Chief Executive commented "The London gold and silver vaults’ holding data makes an important and well-followed contribution to the understanding of the flows of precious metals into and out of the London market. LBMA is therefore very pleased to be able to offer this information on a more timely basis as well as aligning the one month time lag with the monthly clearing data."

View more information on our vault data as well as our historical data on our dedicated website page here.

The Bank of England have also issued a statement on this transparency initiative on their website. Read the Bank of England's statement.

London Gold Vault Holdings (millions of ounces) % m/m change
March 2020 273.779 +0.85%
April 2020 272.717 -0.38%
May 2020 272.793 +0.03%
June 2020 278.706 +2.17%
July 2020 282.620 +1.40%