Swiss Gold Referendum Attracting Attention Two Months Ahead Of Vote

A referendum on Switzerland’s gold reserves is starting to attract some attention outside of the country as a yes vote would have significant implications for the gold market, said one market analyst.

On November 30, Swiss citizens will go to the polls to vote on three areas; whether or not the Swiss National Bank should increase its gold reserves to 20%, that the central bank should stop selling its precious metals and that all its gold should be held within the country….

In a research note published Sept. 24, Analysts at UBS said that if the referendum passes the Swiss National Bank would have to buy about 1,500 tons of gold over the next three years. “1500 tonnes equates to half of the world’s annual production,” they said in the report.

“That kind of gold buying would put what we’ve recently seen in China to shame,” said Hansen.

The UBS analysts also noted that so far the referendum has not attracted a lot of attention outside of the country.

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 Precious metals

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