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In questo momento la popolazione dello stato italiano è la maggior produttrice di oro dopo Cina e Usa che hanno rispettivamente una popolazione 30 e 6 volte più alta. Ma all’interno dello stato italiano non ci sono miniere d’òro! Questa montagna d’oro arriva dai gioielli di famiglia ed è il segno della miseria cui ci ha ridotto la classe politica italiana. Ecco per noi Veneti cosa hanno voluto dire 20 anni di Lega Nord, non solo non hanno fatto proprio un cazzo, ma addirittura ci hanno ridotto in miseria.

Vi lasciamo ai dati pubblicati oggi sul FT.

dal Financial Times

Italy, Europe’s biggest maker of gold jewellery, is set to be a leading global supplier of recycled bullion in the next few years as economic crisis and high metal prices push Italians to sell their family jewels.

Italy emerged in 2011 as the world’s third-largest source of gold scrap, with 116.5 tonnes of recycled gold, behind the US and China.

In 2012, it is expected to supply a similar amount of gold scrap as its economy plunges deeper into recession, analysts said.

“Already Italy is playing a key role in terms of a balance between recycling and demand,” Marcus Grubb, managing director for investment at the industry-funded World Gold Council, told Reuters.

“In the longer run it is probable . . . its contribution will increase, provided the demand for gold remains strong, which we think it will,” Mr Grubb said.

Last year, gold supply from Italy, which has no mining production, topped that of Indonesia, the world’s seventh biggest producer, which mined 111 tonnes of gold in 2011, according to metals consultancy Thomson Reuters GFMS.

Rome’s long-term belt-tightening measures, including higher taxes, mean world markets can count on steady high supplies of recycled gold from Italy in the next few years.

“If the situation in Italy worsens and if prices rise a lot, the volume of scrap could even increase a bit,” said Ivana Ciabatti, head of Italpreziosi, the leading Italian precious metals trading and refining company.

That would help to check relentlessly ebullient gold prices because gold has become crucial to meet strong demand as mining output has only grown modestly.

“This is a market in deficit, not in surplus,” Mr Grubb said. “This is the only metal where the only way demand can be met is with a massive amount of recycling.”

Gold demand has risen about 11 per cent over the past 10 years to 4,486 tonnes in 2011, while mine output has grown at only 7 per cent since 2002 to 2,818 tonnes last year, GFMS data showed.

Over the same period, gold scrap supplies nearly doubled and at 1,661 tonnes last year accounted for 37 per cent of total gold supplies. Recycling is more environment-friendly and cheaper than mining which would require huge investment to boost output.

Gold prices, rose 10 per cent last year and hit a record high of $1,920.30 an ounce in September 2011, although they have only gained about one per cent in volatile trade so far this year.

A deeply rooted south European tradition of offering gold jewellery as presents from baptism throughout life means that Italians accumulated hundreds of tonnes of gold over the past 30 to 50 years, more than households in poorer Spain, Greece and Portugal, industry experts said.

“Since I was a child I remember that gold was given as a gift on various occasions and people used to say: ‘Put it aside’,” Mr Ciabatti said.

“We used to laugh at it, but they turned out to be right. Many families are surviving thanks to this gold.”

By contrast, in the traditional gold scrap markets of China and India, strong economies and growing incomes have reduced appetites to cash in gold jewellery, despite high metal prices.

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