by Przemyslaw Radomski, CFA
Despite a lukewarm, lackluster first half of the year, Gold has so far risen by 13 percent in 2012, nothing to sneeze at. The price of gold rose by about $215 in 2012, with most of the gains, $165 worth, having materialized in the last two months. This was after the U.S. Federal Reserve announced its plan to resume buying bonds to prop up the economy. The underlying bullish case for gold remains intact, given the prospect of indefinite loose monetary policy. Central banks have been supporting gold this year and it’s no wonder. They are well aware of the soon-to-be-enforced reserve requirements that call for greater holdings in gold. There is also demand from key consumers such as China and India.