Let’s get physical: gold refiner Baird’s take on the market

Episode 136: Alasdair Macleod interviews Tony Baird of Baird & Co. Ltd – a London-based Bullion Merchant, refiner and member of the London Bullion Market Association.

Tony discusses the scrap market supply for both gold and silver and how “cash for gold” businesses have contributed to this market in the last few years.

He then details how busy they were during the price dip in April and just who was demanding physical gold and causing backlogs at all the major refiners. A boots-on-the-ground view from the physical bullion market that sheds fascinating light on the refining business and the recent supply and demand for physical gold.

This podcast was recorded on 25 June 2013.

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Alasdair started his career as a stockbroker in 1970 on the London Stock Exchange. In those days, trainees learned everything: from making the tea, to corporate finance, to evaluating and dealing in equities and bonds. They learned rapidly through experience about things as diverse as mining shares and general economics. It was excellent training, and within nine years Alasdair had risen to become senior partner of his firm. Subsequently, Alasdair held positions at director level in investment management, and worked as a mutual fund manager. He also worked at a bank in Guernsey as an executive director. For most of his 40 years in the finance industry, Alasdair has been de-mystifying macro-economic events for his investing clients. The accumulation of this experience has convinced him that unsound monetary policies are the most destructive weapon governments use against the common man. Accordingly, his mission is to educate and inform the public in layman’s terms what governments do with money and how to protect themselves from the consequences.

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