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World's rich struggle to get hold of gold in 'crazy' moment

By cpowell
Created 2020-03-25 15:25

By Benjamin Stupples
Bloomberg News
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Ludwig Karl is stuck at home, worried about his elderly relatives. All the while his business is booming.

He's a board member of Swiss Gold Safe Ltd., an operator of high-security vaults in the Alps that's storing growing sums of precious metals for wealthy foreigners as the Covid-19 pandemic worsens. The company usually helps customers buy gold, but governments have closed scores of businesses amid the crisis, making it increasingly difficult for people to get their hands on the physical product.

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"It's absolutely crazy what's going on," Karl said. "Right now, if somebody wants to buy gold, I wish them all the best in finding it. Most of the bullion dealers are closed."

Switzerland's refining industry, a major international hub for processing gold into bars and coins, has largely shut because of efforts to contain the global virus. Grounded flights are disrupting plans to transport bullion around the world and gold mining firms are scaling back activities, decelerating the precious metals industry as demand for gold increases.

"The whole supply chain is getting tighter and tighter," said Debra Thomson, a global sales director for gold at IBV International Vaults, which offers safe-deposit boxes and the purchase of precious metals worldwide. "The last time I saw this amount of chaos in the market was with 9/11." ...

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