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Does the Gold Market Reveal Real Interest Rates?


  • Levin, Eric
  • Abhyankar, Abhay
  • Ghosh, Dipak


The current practice of central banks lending gold to gold producers allows the gold leasing rate to be derived from published data. Gold leasing rates, a potential measure of real world interest rates, are calculated and compared with real interest rates derived from U.K. index-linked gilts. The authors then test for Granger causality between changes in the gap between U.K. and world interest rates and changes in the SDR/Sterling exchange rate. They find evidence of Granger causality in both directions, which is consistent with economic theory. Copyright 1994 by Blackwell Publishers Ltd and The Victoria University of Manchester

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  • Levin, Eric & Abhyankar, Abhay & Ghosh, Dipak, 1994. "Does the Gold Market Reveal Real Interest Rates?," The Manchester School of Economic & Social Studies, University of Manchester, vol. 62(0), pages 93-103, Suppl..
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:manch2:v:62:y:1994:i:0:p:93-103

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    1. Brian Lucey & Fergal A. O'connor, 2012. "Do Bubbles occur in Gold Prices? Evidence from Gold Lease Rates and Markov Switching Models," The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series iiisdp418, IIIS.
    2. Hoang, Thi Hong Van & Lahiani, Amine & Heller, David, 2016. "Is gold a hedge against inflation? New evidence from a nonlinear ARDL approach," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 54(C), pages 54-66.
    3. Shubhasis Dey, 2016. "Historical Events and the Gold Price," Working papers 198, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode.
    4. Brian M. Lucey & Fergal A. O’Connor, 2013. "Do bubbles occur in the gold price? An investigation of gold lease rates and Markov Switching models," Borsa Istanbul Review, Research and Business Development Department, Borsa Istanbul, vol. 13(3), pages 53-63, September.
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    7. Sharma, Susan Sunila, 2016. "Can consumer price index predict gold price returns?," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 55(C), pages 269-278.

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