The United States holds the largest stockpile of gold reserves in the world by an extensive degree of over of 8,100 tons. Indeed, the U.S. government has nearly as many reserves more than the next three biggest nations combined (Germany, Italy, and France).
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is accounted for to have more gold reserves than Italy but less than Germany.
Gold has filled in for the purpose of exchange, to differing degrees, for millennial. For a large part of the 17th to 20th centuries, the paper money issued by national governments was denominated in terms of gold and acted as a legal claim to physical gold.
International trade was conducted using gold. For this reason, countries needed to maintain a store of gold for both economic and political reasons.
There is no contemporary government that requires all of its cash to be upheld by gold. By and by, state run administrations actually hoard huge piles of gold, which are estimated as far as metric tons, as a safeguard against out of control inflation or another financial disaster. Consistently, these government increase their gold reserves by many tons.
For organizations, gold represents a commodity asset that is used in medication, jewelry, and gadgets. For some investors, both institutional and retail, gold is a fence against inflation or recession.
As of November 2021, the United States, Germany, Italy, France, and Russia were the best five nations with the largest gold reserves:
- United States: 8,133.5 tons. During the height of the Bretton Woods system of international exchange, when the U.S. offered to house other countries’ gold in exchange for dollars, it was reported that between 90% and 95% of the entire world’s gold reserves lay in American vaults. Decades later, the U.S. still holds the most; gold makes up over 75% of its foreign reserves.
- Germany: 3,362.4 tons. Germany keeps its gold reserves in the Deutsche Bundesbank in Frankfurt am Main, the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank branch in New York, and the Bank of England in London.
- Italy: 2,451.8 tons. The eurozone crisis led some to call for Italy’s government to sell some of its gold reserves to raise funds, but no such plans ever materialized.
- France: 2,436.2 tons. Former President of France Charles de Gaulle was partially responsible for the collapse of the Bretton Woods system when he called the U.S. bluff and began actually trading dollars in for gold from the Fort Knox reserves. Then-president Richard Nixon, who knew that the fixed rate of $35 per gold ounce was too low, eventually was forced to eventually take the U.S. off the gold standard, ending the dollar’s automatic convertibility into gold.
- Russia: 2,295.4 tons. Russia overtook China as the fifth-largest holder of the yellow metal in 2018. Russia’s increase of its gold stores was seen as an attempt to diversify from American investments. Russia mainly sold U.S. Treasury bonds to buy the bullion.