The Perth Mint has expanded the market for Australian gold in China with its recent appointment as an International member of Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE).
As an International member of SGE, The Perth Mint would now also gain access to an extensive network of gold distributors trading directly on the SGE platform throughout China.
The Perth Mint has launched an exciting new smartphone app – GoldPass™ – during the opening day of Precious Metals Investment Symposium 2018.
At the touch of a smartphone screen, GoldPass™ gives retail investors the unique ability to securely buy, store and sell gold via digital certificates. The app also allows the instantaneous transfer of gold to other approved GoldPass™ app users.
Attracting the who’s who among the globe’s greatest precious metals investors, Western Australia – which accounts for more than 70% of Australia’s overall gold production - has cemented itself as a major destination to explore and mine for the famous yellow metal.
With this in mind, Australia’s largest precious metal event, The Precious Metal Investment Symposium (PMIS), has this year pulled up stumps and relocated from Sydney to WA’s capital and world-renowned mining hub, Perth.
This month marks the 10 year anniversary since Lehman Brothers, one of the highest profile casualties of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), went bankrupt in the United States.
We spoke to Gold Industry Group Company Secretary Bron Suchecki, who was working at The Perth Mint at the time, and ABC Bullion Chief Economist Jordan Eliseo, about their memories from that time period.
Should central banks hold gold?
From the late 1980s into the new millennium the answer appeared to be in the negative, with global central bank reserves declining from around 36,000 tonnes to under 30,000 tonnes.
The Perth Mint recently launched the Perth Mint Physical Gold ETF (NYSE Arca: AAAU), the first exchange-traded fund with sovereign-backed gold trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
AAAU is guaranteed by the Government of Western Australia, with shares exchangeable for delivery of a wide range of gold products.
Presenting to a crowd of 500 West Australian Mining Club members in May, Stuart Tonkin, Chief Executive Officer Northern Star Resources, began by ensuring their view of the gold industry’s future was seen through rose-coloured glasses.
As CEO of one of Australia’s largest gold producers and a Director on the Gold Industry Group Board, Stuart said future proofing the gold sector through investment in exploration was key to staying steady and maintaining current production levels.
ABC Refinery is now officially accredited by the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), making it one of only seven international companies who can sell gold into the world’s top gold consuming nation.
A crucial network for trading gold in China, all official gold sales within China must occur through the SGE making it the primary gateway into the world’s largest gold market worth over A$341 billion annually.
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.
Given the incredible rally in the price of Bitcoin (BTC), and other crypto-currencies like Etherium this year, there has been no shortage of interest in this space, with precious metal investors asking whether or not BTC is basically a digital version of gold and silver or not.
When we talk about the correlation in prices for assets traded in financial markets we are referring to how closely those prices mimic each other.
Highly correlated assets tend to move in the same direction most of the time. A good example is the shares in our four major banks, which tend to move in unison most days, unless there is some news (either good or bad) that only affects one of the companies.
Gold Fields' Nick Holland recently took the stage at the Sydney Mining Club to give an insight into the gold miner’s growth profile and significant investments in Australia.
Being a traditional banking and finance hub, Sydney offers a fertile field of institutional investment firms open to one-on-one meetings with reputable executives spruiking quality projects while they are in town.
One question we are often asked at ABC Bullion is; how much gold or silver should I hold in my portfolio?
Discover some of the factors and options according to Chief Economist Jordan Eliseo.
What are the eight key reasons why Australian investors should look at investing in physical gold as part of their investment portfolio? Here is the first.
Reason 1. Gold has demonstrated strong long-term returns in its own right.
Gold Industry Group Chairman and Perth Mint Chief Executive Officer Richard Hayes, a precious metals industry expert, will headline a key group of speakers at the 7th Annual Precious Metals Investment Symposium, being held in Sydney in October.
A thought leader on the global precious metals market, Mr Hayes will share his knowledge and unique insights into the industry at the two-day event. He will also discuss the ‘case for gold’ and investing long-term in precious metals to build wealth and reduce risk.
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.
Despite the fact it is produced around the world, and purchased by a diverse range of investors all over the globe, trading in the wholesale physical gold market is still centered in London.
The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) is an international trade association, representing the London market for gold and silver bullion. It was set up in 1987 by the Bank of England (BoE), which was the bullion market regulator at the time.
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.
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.