In collaboration with The Perth Mint, InfiniGold has released the latest innovation in gold investment – a flexible digital gold product compatible with a wide range of technology platforms including blockchain.
InfiniGold digital gold certificates offer institutions the opportunity to present investors with a new, secure and easy way to trade, hold and transfer physical gold.
Ask most people that work in finance what they think about Bitcoin, and the likely response will be; “it’s a bubble”.
Google certainly seems to think so too, with “Bitcoin is a Bubble” returning 31,800,000 results, proof of how many times people have, incorrectly so far, called a top in the price of the world’s most famous cryptocurrency.
The value of a gold miner is based on the gold price but provides the investor with the opportunity to achieve a return in excess of the rise in the price of gold.
Recent investor articles have focused on investment in gold, be it physical or other products liked to the gold price. Those looking for exposure to gold prices can also invest in the producers of the gold itself.
When buying gold how do you know which brands to trust? How can you ensure you don’t get short changed on weight or purity?
Last month, Jordan Eliseo discussed the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) accreditation process. While the LBMA’s “good delivery” only covers 400oz bars which would be out of the reach of most investors, accreditation ensures that the refining and bar manufacturing processes of an accredited company is of the highest standard. As a result, investors trust that any of the smaller bars produced by LBMA refineries will be of the stated weight and purity. A list of accredited refineries can be found on the LBMA’s website here.
The Perth Mint has unveiled stunning new designs of Australia’s official annual bullion coin program.
The 2017 suite of releases showcase Australia’s iconic fauna in their natural environment, and the tenth animal from the ancient Chinese zodiac as the lunar calendar enters the anticipated Year of the Rooster.
Last month the Gold Industry Group attended ABC Bullion’s sold out seminar; “The New Bull Market in Precious Metals”. It was evident gold is in focus as more than 600 investors, finance professionals and media filled the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney.
Key-note speakers were Evolution Mining Executive Chairman Jake Klein and Cor Capital Executive Director Tom Rachcoff.
Read about the importance of the Gold Industry Group, the storied history of gold in Australia, our members - The Perth Mint, Doray Minerals, Ramelius Resoucres and Gold Fields Australia - in The West Australian "A Golden Future" Liftout published 20 July, 2016.
Australia’s largest precious metals event and the peak body of the country’s gold sector have come together in partnership at a time when enthusiasm for precious metals is at its highest in several years.
With many gold companies’ share prices having doubled and the Australian dollar gold price nudging record highs, the organiser of the Precious Metals Investment Symposium, Kerry Stevenson, says: “Our collaboration with the Gold Industry Group is a fantastic way to show the strength of the industry and its importance to Australia’s economy.
Stock to flow is arguably the most important concept for investors to understand in order to appreciate why gold is not a ‘commodity’, but rather a monetary metal.
Stock to flow is calculated simply by dividing the total existing supply of a particular commodity by the annual production of that commodity.
Last month Gold Industry Group member ABC Bullion launched its Gold Saver; a direct debit savings plan linked to physical gold and silver assets.
The ABC Bullion Gold Saver works like a traditional savings account but instead of saving in Australian dollars, funds are invested in gold or silver.
In our last article on gold supply, we mentioned that one needs to be careful applying conventional commodity supply/demand analysis to gold.
Unlike many commodities, the share of industrial uses is very small, less than 10%. Most gold demand is either jewellery or investment of one sort or another.
Last week the Gold Industry Group held its inaugural industry networking event at the historic Perth Mint. The event was attended by the Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Honourable Sean L’Estrange MLA, and 90 members and industry colleagues to discuss the future of Australia’s gold industry and the vision of the Group.
Perth Mint Chief Executive Officer and Gold Industry Group Chairman Richard Hayes spoke about the importance of the Group and what it can achieve collectively.
When looking at any commodity, mine supply is an important factor into the overall supply/demand balance. The cost involved in getting a mine into operation can mean that they will continue to operate and produce their commodity at a consistent rate as long as the market price is above cash costs. The time involved in finding and building a mine can mean that increases in price do not result in new supply immediately coming into the market – often that occurs years later.
When you buy gold you become part of not insignificant community who hold over 6,000 million troy ounces. This is the amount of gold that research firms like Thomson Reuters GFMS estimate exists across the globe – around 187,000 tonnes worth $7.13 trillion dollars.
However, since people are unlikely to truthfully answer a telephone survey about how much gold they have (particularly if they store it at home), how do research firms come up with their estimate?
Concerned consumers, organisations, and governments around the world continue to shine a light on conflict minerals. These tainted commodities are traded by private armed groups for monetary gain to finance civil conflicts and violence which contribute to the violation of human rights. Thus, the quest for ‘responsible’ and ethically sourced minerals is becoming more and more prevalent.
Conflict minerals, which can include gold ore, are smuggled out of countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and parts of Afghanistan, Columbia, and Zimbabwe, and shipped to smelters around the world for refinement.
Physical gold and silver have been seen as the ultimate store of wealth for millennia, and have been highly sought after by investors the world over.
Demand remains strong today across the globe, with thousands of tonnes purchased annually from a diverse group of investors that include Indian housewives, central banks, hedge funds and family offices.
ABC Bullion’s Chief Economist Jordan Eliseo provides his insights from the SMSF Association National Conference last week on the growth in physical bullion investment and why trustees are buying bullion.
The SMSF Association National Conference was attended by more than 1,000 financial advisers, accountants, auditors and service providers and is the largest annual gathering for professionals servicing the $600 billion Self-Managed Superannuation Fund market in Australia.