Russia is stockpiling gold as fresh sanctions from US loom

Russia is stockpiling gold as fresh sanctions from US loom

Russia is accelerating the rate at which it buys gold as the country continues to move away from traditional asset holdings in response to renewed US sanctions. According to IMF data, Moscow bought 26.1 tonnes of gold in July. That is the largest single monthly purchase since late 2017 and gives Russia a total of 2,170 tonnes of gold in reserve. At current prices, those reserves are worth about $83.6 billion. A Russian government website lists the value of the holdings as being worth about $77 billion at the end of July. As Russia buys gold, it continues to sell US Treasuries which is believed to be a response to sanctions placed against the state in 2011. According to reports in July, Russia lowered its holdings of US debt from $96.1 billion in March to $48.7 billion in April and then to just $14.9 billion in May.

Read More at The Economic Times News date : 23 Aug 2018, Thursday

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