These are strange times for investors with an interest in the gold market. Look no further than the new record high in the metal this month. It comes during a time of dollar strength, a phase when gold might be expected to weaken. Analysts say central bank buying — chiefly by China — is the main driving force behind the rise in gold’s fortunes.

There are reasons to fear the bubble-like risks of dedollarisation in China, if that is what’s happening. While gold’s status as a safe-haven investment is supported by geopolitics, it’s not supported by investors generally. According to World Gold Council data, there was an outflow of $5.7bn from global gold exchange traded funds in February...

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