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Singapore increases gold reserves for first time in decades

Bloomberg11/30/2021 3:5 PM GMT+08  • 2 min read
Singapore increases gold reserves for first time in decades
This is the first increase since 2000.
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Singapore increased its gold reserves by about 20% earlier this year in a largely under-the-radar move the central bank says will ensure the resiliency of its portfolio.

The purchases, which totaled about 26.3 tonnes, took place over May and June, according to data from the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s International Reserves and Foreign Currency Liquidity reports. The move came to wider prominence when it was picked up in the International Monetary Fund’s monthly update, which shows it was the first increase in figures going back to 2000.

“The change in gold holdings is a result of the continuous and ongoing efforts by MAS to ensure that the Official Foreign Reserves portfolio remains well-diversified and resilient through economic and market conditions,” a MAS spokesperson said. “The change is a modest step in relation to the overall size of the OFR portfolio.”

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