As the new Gold Bull market continues to grab ever larger portions of both individual and fund investment monies, Wall Street and the City of London are rushing in with new products to try to ensure they can direct these investments into their paper ponzi schemes, rather than into actual physical gold bullion.
And on Aug. 9, the World Gold Council announced that the London Metals Exchange (LME), along with many Western banks such as J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs, are creating a new paper gold futures market called LMEprecious which will introduce a suite of exchange-traded and centrally-cleared precious metals products for clients (err suckers) to put their money into.
The World Gold Council and the London Metal Exchange (LME), together with Goldman Sachs, ICBC Standard Bank, Morgan Stanley, Natixis, OSTC and Societe Generale, today announce their intention to introduce a suite of exchange-traded and centrally-cleared precious metals products.
Today’s announcement follows an extended process of engagement with major market participants and users, and the LMEprecious service has been designed based on extensive consultation with core market players. Advanced discussions are taking place with a number of other leading institutions that have indicated their strong support for this initiative.
Aram Shishmanian, the Chief Executive of the World Gold Council, said: “This is another important step in the modernisation of the gold market. It will strengthen London’s position in the global gold market, enabling it to meet the needs of all participants, attract new players and satisfy the highest standards of regulatory compliance.
”We are proud to have been the catalyst for this process, defining the new trading capabilities and driving market engagement. We are confident that the new offering will be successfully implemented and supported by the market.”
LMEprecious will comprise spot, daily and monthly futures, options and calendar spread contracts for gold and silver. Future developments will include platinum and palladium contracts. All trading will be centrally cleared on LME Clear, the LME’s cutting-edge, real-time clearing house, and leverage the London market’s existing delivery infrastructure. The new product suite will complement the bilateral over-the-counter (OTC) market, offering market participants similar levels of execution flexibility, including the ability to bring bilaterally negotiated (phone-based) trades into clearing. Market participants will also benefit from tight on-exchange price discovery and a product model designed to maximise capital efficiencies. - World Gold Council
But all every gold and other precious metal owner needs to remember... if you don't hold it, you don't own it.