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Saturday, May 20, 2017

ZenGold is the newest gold backed crypto-currency to hit the markets as ICO set for May 26

Last week the nation of Dubai announced the creation of a blockchain based crypto-currency that would be backed by physical gold, and would be compliant with the new dictates of Sharia law finance.  And this gold-backed crypto-currency idea was quickly followed by a plan between the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) to do the same with physical gold backed by the UK Royal Mint.

Now a third company is seeking to get off the ground by creating a new gold-backed crypto through an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) on May 26.

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ZenGold, a project developed on Metaverse Blockchain, announces its ICO campaign on Friday, May 26, 2017 3:00 PM (GMT+8). 
ZenGold aims to create crypto assets that are backed by physical gold in order to enable investors to instantly buy and transfer even a very small fraction of gold anywhere in the world while having pertinent asset information securely stored onto an unalterable Metaverse Blockchain. 
The ICO will last for 15 days. The closing date is Friday, June 9, 2017 3:00 PM (GMT+8). The total number of 63.000.000 ZGC tokens will be distributed within the campaign (if the set sum is achieved before the closing date, the campaign will end before June 9). 
BTC, ETH, ETC and ETP will be accepted during ICO campaign. The “Early bird” bonuses (up to 20%) will be announced by ZenGold for those contributing at the early stages of ICO. 
ZGC tokens will enable its holders to use gold as an effective payment mechanism and credit system while benefiting from the transactional functionalities of Blockchain technology. The gold-backed tokens will be minted into existence only by the purchase of an actual gold. Thus 1 ZGC token will always represent the ownership of 1 gram of the physical gold securely stored in Shanghai Gold Exchange. The developing team has set its sights on establishing ZGC token as a better alternative to the traditional form of storing value and making a strong case for reshaping the financial service industry in the future. 
By providing efficient governance and security strategy as well as clear business vision, ZenGold invites the investors to become early holders of ZGC tokens. Those interested can invest via three different channels: 
www.zengold.org(accepting payments in BTC, ETP and ETH).
www.ico365.com(accepting payments in BTC and ETH).
www.btc9.com/ico(accepting payments in BTC). - Coin Telegraph

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Will the future of crypto-currencies be fiat like Bitcoin, or gold backed like the CME is creating?

Despite all the hoopla of crypto-currencies like Bitcoin being the potential future of money, the fact of the matter is they are no different than nearly all other currencies except that they will be limited in production, and outside the control of governments and central banks.  And it is this caveat of being a fiat based currency (backed by nothing) that could find gold backed digital money a more favorable choice for individuals to own.

Last week we wrote about a new gold-backed crypto-currency being created in the country of Dubai, which is pretty certain to be backed by real gold since they are required to follow the new standards laid out by the Sharia Finance Council back in December.  And on May 11 the Chicago Mercantile Exchange has now joined in the movement to put gold and silver on the Blockchain when they signed an agreement with the British Royal Mint to create their own gold backed currency that is expected to also be tied directly to physical gold.


Because of its scarcity, portability, divisibility and current valuation, many people are calling bitcoin the modern "digital gold." And like gold, bitcoin seems to be establishing itself as a popular store of value. 
But now CME Group, one of the world's largest providers of gold futures contracts, wants to bring real, physical gold to a blockchain-based asset, and it has landed a big partnership with the U.K.'s Royal Mint. 
By any standard, CME Group is a juggernaut in the world of high finance. Handling approximately $1 quadrillion worth of derivatives contracts annually, it is an influential player in the global gold market. And having roots in commodity trading since 1898, it is no stranger to the challenges of an evolving marketplace. Which is why the company has now set its sights on blockchain technology. 
According to a blog post by Sandra Ro, CME Group's head of digitization, the new asset will be a token known as RMG (Royal Mint Gold), and backed by physical gold in the Royal Mint vaults. Currently being tested for security and speed, RMG will allow instant transfers of gold to anyone anywhere in the world. And, Ro insists, it will bring a new era of accountability and gold-trading standards, saying, "There is no rehypothecation, there is no lending on that gold, and there will be enough physical gold to represent all the RMGs that are issued." With an initial launch planned for summer of this year, The Royal Mint plans to back the token with up to $1 billion in physical gold bullion. - Nasdaq

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.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

As Western paper gold markets slam the price following French elections, demand elsewhere continues to boom

Despite the fact that the dollar has fallen nearly 200 bps since Emmanuel Macron won the first round of elections taking place in France, the price of gold and silver in the Western paper markets has been beaten down, even to the point of them falling back below their 200 day moving averages.  However, this has not slowed down the actual demand for physical gold worldwide as expectations of higher prices are still being forecast in locations like Asia, India, and the burgeoning markets of Dubai.

Dubai: Despite falling to its lowest level in weeks, gold might just continue to stick to its ground and move higher over the next few days, an industry source said.
Gold prices held their levels on Tuesday morning, after posting the biggest decline since March on the initial results of the French elections. 
As of 9.30am, 24K was retailing at Dh155.50 per gram in Dubai, slightly up from Monday’s afternoon trade and about Dh15 higher than in January 2017. 
For those who are awaiting further declines, however, it’s important to note that prices remained volatile and current trends suggest there is more room to move on the upside. 
Factors that could play in favour of gold include the polls in Germany and United Kingdom, as well as upcoming policies by US president Donald Trump. 
“Gold will continue to remain volatile with several global factors like US policies and upcoming German and UK  elections influencing the investment strategies of institutional investors,” Merchant told Gulf News. - Gulf News

Monday, April 10, 2017

SGE goes international for first time as Dubail's gold exchange to open new gold futures trade with China in RMB

On April 10, the Shanghai Gold Exchange received its first real international partner as Dubai's gold exchange is opening up a new futures market with China to trade gold in RMB.

The Dubai gold market is the largest metals trading platform in the Middle East, and this program will have the capacity to link China's gold market directly to the Islamic world.  And this is especially important now that Islam's primary financial authority for Sharia Law Finance has approved the purchasing and ownership of gold for the 1.6 billion Muslims living around the world.

Middle East's largest financial trading platform the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX) is moving to launch the DGCX Shanghai Gold Futures (DSGC). This is after it tasted success with the launch of futures trading in Indian gold. The exchange, akin to Singapore, is attempting to become a hub for trading in financial products linked to India and China, two of the largest Asian economies. 
The DGCX last week announced commencement on trading in Shanghai Gold Future. Trading in financial products linked to India and China, two of the largest Asian economies. 
The DGCX last week announced commencement on trading in Shanghai Gold Future. Trading in Indian gold and currency is a major hit on the DGCX platform with volumes in currency pair rivaling that of the Indian bourses. 
The yuan-denominated gold contracts on DGCX marks the first-ever usage of the Shanghai Gold Benchmark Price in international markets. The launch of the DSGC was officially announced at the Dubai Precious Metals Conference (DPMC) last week.  - Economic Times India

Monday, October 31, 2016

Shanghai Gold Exchange expands reach into Dubai as the DGCX will now use Yuan benchmark instead of London or Comex

On Oct. 31 China's Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) signed an agreement with the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange to begin using their Yuan denominated price benchmark instead of the long-standing London and New York gold fix price.

In addition, this new agreement is just the first that the SGE is undertaking with commodity exchanges around the globe as the world's largest physical gold market begins to takeover pricing of metals in more markets.

SGE, world largest physical bullion exchange, says in other talks about similar cooperation 
Shanghai Gold Exchange and Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange signed an agreement on Friday in Shanghai which makes the DGCX the first foreign exchange to use the SGE's renminbi-denominated gold benchmark. 
The SGE is in talks with other exchanges about similar cooperation, according to an SGE circular. 
SGE is the world's largest physical bullion exchange. The renminbi-denominated gold benchmark, also known as Shanghai Gold was launched in April this year. It is one of China's efforts to earn more say over pricing of the precious metal and increase its influence in the global gold market. 
China is among the world's largest producers, consumers and importers of gold, and it deserves pricing power that matches its position. It should have more say in an industry long dominated by London, which sets global spot prices, said analysts. - China Daily

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Dubai capable to host RMB clearing hub, wants more Chinese financial investment: official

Dubai has the potential to host a clearing hub for the Chinese currency, and seeks to attract additional Chinese financial firms to invest in the emirate, head of a local free trade zone said on Wednesday.
Essa Kazim, chairman of the free zone Dubai international financial center (DIFC) authority, said the DIFC could become a clearing hub for the Chinese currency RMB. Earlier in April this year, Qatar established the first RMB clearing hub in the Middle East in Doha.
Earlier in the week, ICBC, the world's largest bank, listed a 500 million dollar bond, the first dollar bond by a Chinese lender in the Middle East, on the Nasdaq Dubai, the international capital market which is located in the DIFC.
Zhou Xiaodong, general manager ICBC Middle East, told Xinhua he hopes for more Chinese firms to follow and to list bonds on Dubai in order to create a liquid market in Dubai as a financial link between the Middle East and East Asia.
 
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