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The Bottom Line - Gold

Updated Monday, 9th February 2015

In this episode of The Bottom Line, Evan Davis and guests discuss the business of gold. 

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An ounce of gold Creative commons image Icon Celeste33 under CC-BY-NC licence under Creative-Commons license It's soft, shiny and rare. A symbol of love, of power, of wealth - gold has been prized for thousands of years, its value rises and falls as the economies round it fluctuate. Yet there's only a limited supply of it and demand is high: for jewellery, technology, by central banks and investors. But after more than a decade of rising prices, the value of gold is down. So how to make money from this precious metal? Evan Davis and guests follow its journey from the gold mines of west Africa to the workshops of an east London jewellery maker. What are the risks, responsibilities and rewards for those who mine it, invest in it and manufacture with it?


  • Nolan Watson, CEO, Sandstorm Gold
  • Mark Bristow, CEO, Randgold Resources
  • Elizabeth Hunt, Director, Allied Gold

This edition of The Bottom Line is first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 12th February 2015. For further details, and to listen online where available, please visit the BBC website.

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