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Increasing Demand: Increased wealth of emerging market economies has boosted demand for gold. In many of these countries, gold is intertwined into the culture. India is one of the largest gold-consuming nations in the world, and gold has many uses there, including jewelry. As such, the Indian wedding season in October is traditionally the time of the year that sees the highest global demand for gold. In China, where gold bars are a traditional form of saving, the demand for gold has also shown rapid growth. Demand for gold has also grown among investors. Many are beginning to see commodities, particularly gold, as an investment class into which funds should be allocated. In fact, the largest gold ETF, StreetTracks Gold Trust, became one of the largest ETFs in the U.S. and one of the world's largest holders of gold bullion in 2008, only four years after its inception.