According to the latest available figures for the holdings in the major gold ETFs show that cumulative daily investment flows over the year netted out at $16.9 billion. Although we do not have all the figures up to the end of the year, the value of the gold content in the funds was approximately $61.3 billion, a gain of 84% over the year, reflecting an increase of 565 tonnes and a net price rise of $213/ounce.
The trend in insider trading remains largely the same as it was in 2009. Although the holiday week was shortened, insiders still found time to unload millions of shares in their own companies. In the last week of the year insiders sold over $222MM worth of stock while purchasing just $18.5MM worth of stock.
CSE of the Colombo Stock Exchange yielded a 125% increase in 2009. Sri Lanka bested the return of the Shanghai-based SSE Composite Index, the proxy for the largest publicly traded companies in China.