a quick question:
"Are there any significant discrepancies between the numbers in the GLD trade settlement spreadsheet and the GLD bar list?"
Here are the two documents we're talking about:
GLD Trade Settlement Spreadsheet (CSV): This document contains information about the funds Net Asset Value, and has records going back to the start of the fund in 2004.
http://www.spdrgoldshares.com/usa/historical-data/ (direct link)
"This file is updated between 6.00 a.m. and 6.30 a.m NYT the following day after trading." For the record - although the spreadsheet gets updated every day, the inventory number may not necessarily change. This document is also the source for @BurningFiat's inventory tweets. ...