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Sunday, May 28, 2017

ZenGold blows away Dubai's OneGram during their respective ICO's last Friday

On May 26, two gold backed cryptocurrencies commenced their Initial Coin Offerings (ICO), with differing results for each after the first day of trading.  ZenGold, which is cryptocurrency model based on the sale and distribution of 100 million tokens that are each backed by physical gold bullion. sold out its complete offering of 63 million coins in a single day.  And one of the biggest reasons for the incredible success might have been the fact that ZenGold was allowing the use of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether to be used in purchasing the tokens.


In the meantime, Dubai's gold backed OneGram cryptocurrency had a much less successful beginning as their ICO started on the eve of Ramadan, and is set to continue all the way through the duration of the Islamic holiday (June 24).

And as of the end of Friday OneGram had sold only $430,000 worth of a $500 million offering.
OneGram announced at Consenus this week the world’s first Sharia-compliant, gold-backed digital currency. The company also announced details for its “OGC” token crowdsale which will begin at the onset of Ramadan. The Initial Coin Offer (ICO) will continue for 120 days. OneGram seeks to raise an astounding $500 million by selling more than 12+ million OGC tokens. As of today, over $430,000 has been deposited, according to the OGC ICO page. - Crowdfund Insider
Interestingly, there might have actually been a parallel to Bitcoin's $800-900 drop in price on Friday, as it is very possible that Asian investors either sold their Bitcoin to get into ZenGold's ICO, or used their Bitcoins directly in purchasing the new gold backed cryptocurrency.
Friday May 26, 2017 ZenGold launched a cryptocurrency backed by physical gold. Bitcoin and Etherum cryptocurrencies began moving violently in the market place on Friday May 26. ZenGold accepts Bitcoin and Ethereum as currency for the “tokens” of ZenGold.
Would it make sense the drop in both Bitcoin and Ethereum as being related to people moving their cryptocurrencies into ZenGold? Asians love gold and with a gold backed cryptocurrency coming online that accepts the two most popular cryptocurrencies it makes to me that some of what we have seen over the past 48 hours is directly related to the launch of ZenGold. - The Daily Coin

Thursday, May 4, 2017

After Sharia Finance law changes, Dubai going full bore into gold as it works to create world's first gold backed digital currency

When the global body that oversees all things financial under the Islamic code of Sharia law accepted the personal ownership of gold back in December, the nation of Dubai appears to now be going full bore towards becoming ground zero for this potentially lucrative market.  And with their new partnership last month with the Shanghai Gold Exchange to facilitate futures contracts for gold delivery from Asia, they are not simply waiting on the laurels for their next new product.

And what might that product be?  How about a gold backed currency expected to run on the blockchain in the digital sphere.

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Linking a digital currency to gold is an intriguing concept. Various countries want to issue national digital currencies linked to their regular valuta. OneGram, a company in Dubai, is doing things very differently. The Islamic financial services and technology company is looking to establish the world’s first gold-backed digital currency. For some investors, this will create a product combining the best of both worlds. 
Combining digital currency and a gold-backed asset is an intriguing turn of events. Investors often see gold as a safe haven asset during turbulent financial periods. At the same time, the interest in digital currency and cryptocurrency has never been higher. OneGram acknowledges both trends and aims to provide the best of both worlds to traders around the globe. - News BTC
Currently the paper gold markets see more activity than the physical gold markets because most investors would rather trust in other entities storing their gold than them taking delivery and dealing with the demands of physical ownership.  However, as the new Silk Road project seeks to eventually encompass nearly 2/3rds of the world in the coming years, and China is striving towards the implementation of a gold backed trade system to counter the dollar and ensure bi-lateral trade stability, having your money stored in gold but accessible through a digital format will be a great alternative from what was done in ancient times when you had to transport camel loads of gold for use on the original Silk Road.

Friday, February 24, 2017

World's largest gold backed ETF now certified as Sharia Law compliant

On Feb. 23, the U.S. run SPDR Gold Shares ETF was certified as Sharia Law compliant, making it the first gold based financial instrument to be open to the new Islamic statutes on gold ownership for the world's 1.6 billion Muslims.

Run by State Street Global Advisors, and reportedly backed by $30 billion in physical gold, the ETF could soon become a springboard for new investment from the Islamic community.

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U.S. asset management company State Street Global Advisors has announced that a huge exchange-traded fund for investment in gold has been certified as being compliant with Islamic financial law. 
The question of whether ETFs themselves comply with Islamic law has not been addressed. However, the certification by Amanie Advisors of Malaysia, a leading sharia advisory company specializing in Islamic financial institutions, is expected to stimulate investment in the gold ETF within the Muslim world.  
The fund, called SPDR Gold Shares, is one of the world's largest ETFs backed by gold bullion, having a net asset balance of more than $30 billion. Managed and marketed by State Street Global, it is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. - Asia.Nikkei

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Most in the gold community are not prepared for Islam entering the market, and for those who are it will be big

Many people have heard about the idea of 'Peak Oil', especially since it has been propagated by the mainstream media for over three decades.  But how many have heard about the concept of 'Peak Gold', especially when demand for the metal is about go up several fold?

At the beginning of January a new policy and protocol began in Islamic finance that could shape the future of investing, savings, and even money for the rest of the century.  And this is because 1.6 billion people, or nearly 30% of the world's population, are now able to purchase and own gold and gold products outside of jewelry for the first time in perhaps centuries.

Sharia Law is the ultimate guideline for Islamic living, similar to how the Misvot (the Law) was for the Israelites under the Mosaic Covenant.  And Sharia Finance is the portion of this guideline that dictates money and investment for Muslims around the world.

And with the door now becoming wide open for followers of Sharia Law to enter into the gold markets, most financial industries, particularly in the West, are ill prepared for this.

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Years of underinvestment by gold mining companies have created a looming vacuum in supply as the new Sharia Standard kicks in, says the head of one of the largest producers, Africa-focused Randgold Resources. 
"A complete lack of investment in exploration means we are headed towards a supply cliff," said Mark Bristow, the chief executive of the UK-based mining firm, in reaction to the announcement of a Sharia standard for the precious metal. Randgold is the largest gold producer listed in London with a market value of about US$7.7 billion. 
During the gold "supercycle" that began in 2005 and lasted until about 2011 the price rose more than three times from an average of US$513 per ounce to $1,664. Mining companies responded with a frenzy of investment, mergers and acquisitions. When the price run finally gave out many struggled to adapt and began cutting costs that included axing exploring for new gold. 
"Any new addition to demand will drive up price, as we saw with the Chinese led supercycle back in 2005," Mr Bristow said. If the prediction of UK-based gold trader GoldCore that another 500 to 1,000 tonnes of the precious metal will be needed is accurate, the pressure will be on producers. 
Today it takes at least five years to go from mapping a gold deposit to turning into a mine. Investors willing to risk the billions of dollars it can cost need to be found, and they must be prepared to wait years before seeing a return. Moreover, most new mines are being built or planned in remote locations. 
To feed the continuing need for cash, mining companies frequently issue shares. This dilutes the stock and causes wild fluctuations in share prices. This turns them into a speculatively traded stock rather than a long-term investment, something that Sharia investment forbids. 
Developing countries are where most of the new investment in mining capacity will go should a renewed interest in new mining ventures result from increased gold demand from Sharia investors. - The National.AE
In addition to potential boons in mining stocks, companies like Karatbars and Goldmoney have a leg up on many gold selling institutions through their ability to bypass paper markets and provide products and services directly to consumers and investors.  And this will will be key in marketing to the Islamic world since their processes do not involve the use of interest based gold instruments, or derivatives.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Global financial markets already creating new gold products for Islam's Sharia finance edict

It was only a couple weeks ago when the Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) began implementation of new edicts regarding gold ownership under Sharia financial law for the world's 1.6 billion Muslims.  And in this short amount of time several markets around the globe are already creating new gold based products to help bring in Islamic investors.

New standards for the use of precious metals in Islamic finance are encouraging the development of financial products based on gold and silver, from futures contracts to a mobile app. 
Toronto-based Bullion Management Group (BMG), which manages $348 million in assets, launched a silver fund in October and expects its bullion funds will adhere to the new AAOIFI guidance, Nick Barisheff, BMG's founder and chief executive, said. 
On Monday, the Singapore Exchange (SGX) said it had certified as sharia-compliant its gold futures contracts, which were originally launched in 2014 and are aimed at the wholesale market. 
Meanwhile, Malaysia-based HelloGold has launched a sharia-compliant online platform using a mobile app, targeting customers through agreements with technology and financial services firms, chief executive Robin Lee said. 
"We expect to sell about 10,000 ounces of sharia-compliant gold by the end of next year," Lee said. He also said that the firm planned to enter Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand next year and China by 2019. - Reuters

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Islamic council overseeing Sharia finance approves new gold standard for Muslim investing

Following a month of open discussion and commentary, the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) has officially approved a new gold standard under Sharia financial law on Dec. 5.

Coordinating with the World Gold Council for much of 2016, the AAOIFI has formulated the processes and procedures for the 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, and in particular the 110 million Muslims who participate in active investing, to be able to purchase, own, and invest in physical gold and gold based products such as mining shares.

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The sharia gold standard announced yesterday allows the over 110 million investors in the Islamic world to invest in: 
a) vaulted gold 
b) gold savings plans (such as GoldCore's GoldSaver) 
c) gold certificates 
d) physical gold ETFs including "probably" the SPDR Gold Trust, the biggest exchange-traded gold (GLD) 
e) gold mining shares (within certain Shari’ah parameters) 
We know three things that the new Shariah gold-standard will achieve: 
a) Increase diversity in the number of available Shariah gold compliant investment products 
b) Greater emphasis on the role of physical gold in gold transactions 
c) Islamic finance will have greater say in the setting of the gold price 
To some, this may appear to be an unnecessary formality taken by the body whose guidelines are followed by Islamic finance institutions across the world. After all, physical gold is Shariah-compliant and holds a unique status for Muslims. 
AAIOFI states, "From the perspective of Islamic Fiqh and the Islamic economic system, gold has its specific significance. This significance arises from the specific principles provided for gold and silver as Thaman in Shari'ah." 
According to Islamic texts, gold is a ribawi item, which means that it must be sold on weight and measure, and cannot be traded for future value or for speculation. In order for a gold instrument to be Shariah-compliant, the precious metal must be the underlying asset in related transactions. - Goldcore via Zerohedge
Perhaps one of the most interesting caveats in the new procedures for gold ownership and investment is the demand for Islam to have a greater say in the setting of the gold price.  And since we already now have a divergence out of Shanghai from the long-standing price determination set in London and New York each day, the potential of a third completely independent market could soon emerge in places like Dubai, Tehran, Indonesia, and even Saudi Arabia.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Sharia law standards for Muslim gold ownership expected to be completed by end of the year

One of the biggest and perhaps most under reported events in the gold spectrum is very close to completion as on Oct. 11, the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) announced the primary draft that would allow for gold ownership by Muslims under the stricture of Sharia Law.

Worldwide there are around 1.6 billion Muslims, many of which follow Sharia Law in their cultural and financial lifestyles.  And for centuries gold ownership was limited to both jewelry and currency, as any investment in the precious metal carried the potential of earning interest above the value of the metal, especially in areas such as futures and other paper gold markets.

But now the AAOIFI has laid out new guidelines that will become the standard under Sharia Law, and are expected to become fully functional by the end of 2016.  And with this new opportunity opening up for a significant portion of the Islamic world, expectations are that both the gold price and demand could skyrocket as nearly 25% of the world's population would have access to gold ownership and investment for the first time.

The Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) plans to finalize several new standards by the end of the year, as the standard-setting body works through a revamp of its guidance for the $2 trillion industry.
Bahrain-based AAOIFI has published a draft sharia standard for gold-based products with a one month consultation period ending Nov. 9, the industry body said in a statement. The project was started last year by the World Gold Council, a London-based market development body. 
AAOIFI issues guidelines that are followed wholly or in part by Islamic financial institutions globally, a sector that has grown fast but remains fragmented across its core centers in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. - Reuters

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Two major gold events for China and the Islamic world assure prices to skyrocket between now and October

With gold prices holding support levels over $1350, the markets are preparing for two major events are are sure to skyrocket prices between now and October.

Currently, the primary body on Islamic affairs which sets the framework for Sharia Law is in talks with the World Gold Council to change their long-standing restrictions for Muslims to own gold as an investment.  Once these restrictions are lifted, the potential of two billion Muslims entering into the gold sphere would have an even greater impact on the price than what we have seen over time in India where gold is a fundament of the nation's culture.

As a result, the World Gold Council is working with The Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) and Amanie Advisors to develop a Shariah Standard on Gold. This Standard will provide guidance from the Shariah perspective on the usage of gold in financial and investment transactions for Islamic financial institutions and participants. The Standard also aims to increase transparency and harmonisation regarding the use of gold in various market practices. 
We want to create a Standard that meets the requirements of all active participants in the market. The Standard will enable organisations to work more efficiently in creating Shariah compliant gold products, it will enhance access to gold in the Islamic world and it will help to address the liquidity management issues currently facing the industry. - Gold.org
With China, the game they are undertaking is a bit different as they are expected to announce their current gold holdings in preparation for the issuing of new Special Drawing Rights (SDR) bonds for the IMF.  And the result should be a shock to the markets as the West believes China only has around 1600 tons of gold in their central banks, but the real number is estimated to be between 15,000 and 30,000 tons.

The importance of their plans to issue SDR bonds is that it is a major blow to the U.S.'s control over the global reserve currency and to dollar hegemony, and will give nations who are disgruntled with having to purchase dollars simply to transact in the global economy the power to bypass this method and go through China under a new reserve system using the SDR.

Monday, September 23, 2013

UK: “We want to be the leading Islamic finance sector outside of the Muslim world”

As the Western financial and banking systems fall steadily towards insolvency and a new credit crisis, the United Kingdom is turning towards Islam as a way to infuse new capital and new programs to stave off their own course of bankruptcy.  By accepting Sharia law and the potential restriction of democratic freedoms, the UK appears willing to give up much of its financial sovereignty to be a major player in the world of Islamic finance.



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