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Will central banks become increasingly inclined to invest reserves in gold rather than dollars?

* Bloomberg, by Claudia Carpenter & Pham-Duy Nguyen, November 3, 2009

‘Gold Climbs to Record as India’s Central Bank Buys From IMF

Gold jumped to a record after India’s central bank bought 200 metric tons of the metal from the International Monetary Fund, heightening speculation about more official purchases.

Gold futures for December delivery rose to a record $1,077.30 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The previous record was $1,072 an ounce, set on Oct. 14.

The $6.7 billion sale to the Reserve Bank of India is ‘the biggest single central-bank purchase that we know about for at least 30 years in such a short period,’ said Timothy Green, author of ‘The Ages of Gold.’  ‘The only comparable event was the U.S.’s steady purchases in the 1930s and 1940s.’ ”

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