Germans are buying gold at a frantic pace.

It may be a sign they are worried about the future. People tend to buy gold when they fear economic disaster or a spike in prices.

The World Gold Council report released on Thursday said demand for total gold bar and coins spiked by 20% in Germany during the first quarter from the year before.

It’s unusual for gold to be a hot commodity in an economy as strong Germany’s is right now. And growth in Europe has regained momentum in recent months, outpacing even the sluggish pace experienced in the U.S. Continue reading