Saturday, January 31, 2009

Peak Oil… What about Peak Gold?

by Jon Herring on 1/23/2009

Over the years, I’m sure you have heard a lot about “peak oil” - a condition whereby the remaining reserves of oil become harder to find, harder to extract and of lower quality. This results in declining production, even in the face of rising demand.

But you probably haven’t heard much about “peak gold”, where a very similar scenario is playing out.

In a free market, increasing demand and rising prices provide a significant incentive for producers to increase the supply of an item. And that’s usually how it works. But that’s not what is happening in the gold market.

Demand is certainly increasing. According to the United States Geological Survey, the demand for gold reached 1,133 tonnes in 2008, an 18% increase from the previous year. In dollar terms, this represented a 51% increase to an all-time record $31.8 billion.

2008 was also the year when the price of gold hit an all-time high over $1,000 an ounce. In fact, the price of gold has risen every single year since 2001.


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