Canada sells nearly half its gold reserves, 1.3 tonnes -- 1.7 tonnes remain


By Monique Muise
Global News, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The government of Canada sold nearly half its gold reserves in recent weeks, continuing a pattern of moving away from the precious metal as a government asset.

According to the International Monetary Fund's International Financial Statistics, Canada held 3 tonnes of gold reserves as of late 2015.

The latest data, published last week, show the total Canadian gold reserves now stand at 1.7 tonnes. That's just 0.1 per cent of the country’s total reserves, which also include foreign currency deposits and bonds. In comparison, the U.S. holds 8,133 tonnes of gold, while the United Kingdom weighs in at 310 tonnes.

The decision to sell came from Finance Minister Bill Morneau's office. ...

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