There is money in gold, again

Gold producers that lost almost half their market value are tempting back investors from Julius Baer Group Ltd. to Invesco Ltd. who are getting set for a rebound as Chinese demand for the metal soars.

“We expect a major turn in gold equities in the next two years,” said Herisau, Switzerland-based Erich Meier, who manages about $500 million in the Julius Baer Multipartner Gold Equity Fund and other funds. “Lower production costs and much less capital expenditure spending bode very well for the industry in the near future.”

The Julius Baer fund holds Newcrest Mining Ltd., Barrick Gold Corp. and Kinross Gold Corp., according to Bloomberg data. It’s raising holdings in Lake Shore Gold Corp., Meier said in an e-mailed response to questions.

Producers including Barrick, the world’s biggest, say they’re poised to benefit from rising prices after cutting staff, selling marginal assets and lowering production costs. Gold, which posted the biggest annual slump in three decades last year after hitting a low of $1,180 an ounce, may rise to $1,500 an ounce in 2015 aided by demand from China, according to Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd.

“I’ve been selectively adding to core names in the fourth quarter of 2013 and early in 2014.” Toronto-based Norman MacDonald, who manages about $1.5 billion in funds including Invesco Ltd.’s Gold and Precious Metals Fund, said in an e- mailed response to questions. “I currently see more upside in the equities in the short and medium term.”

The fund has raised its holdings in Torex Gold Resources Inc., according to MacDonald.

Chinese Consumers

Chinese consumers bought a record 1,065.8 metric tons of gold last year, 32 percent more than a year earlier, as the country overtook India as the biggest user, the World Gold Council said Feb. 18. UBS AG last month boosted forecasts for gold in 2014, citing a change in U.S. investors’ attitudes toward the precious metal that’s rallied this year on increased haven demand and buying from Asian consumers.

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