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Mandatory hallmarking: Global practices and road map for India

Published 7th December 2017

This report covers key stages in the hallmarking journey in order to ascertain what works best in other jurisdictions and how India can maximise the benefits of mandatory hallmarking. Gold has played an integral role in Indian tradition and culture for centuries. Presented as a gift at festivals, weddings and births, acquired by families as a means of saving and aspired after as an object of beauty, gold is considered both an investment and an adornment across India. Product integrity is a key attribute of gold industry and it is not evident in India.

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Published 7th December 2017

This report covers key stages in the hallmarking journey in order to ascertain what works best in other jurisdictions and how India can maximise the benefits of mandatory hallmarking. Gold has played an integral role in Indian tradition and culture for centuries. Presented as a gift at festivals, weddings and births, acquired by families as a means of saving and aspired after as an object of beauty, gold is considered both an investment and an adornment across India. Product integrity is a key attribute of gold industry and it is not evident in India.

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Published 5th December 2017

Changes are afoot in the technology sector. Smartphones are becoming increasingly powerful, electric and self-driving vehicles could revolutionise the automotive industry, and emerging nanotechnology could transform solar energy. All of this could have a positive impact on gold demand.

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Published 15th November 2017

Cranfield School of Management and the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School launched a joint report examining the creation of the Conflict-Free Gold Standard by the World Gold Council. The report provides an important case study for Corporate Responsibility Coalitions and trade associations looking to develop common standards and self-regulatory mechanisms.

Categories: Gold production

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Published 5th October 2017

Germany’s gold investment market has boomed in the past 10 years. In the face of successive financial crises and loose monetary policy, German investors turned to gold to protect their wealth. In response, new product providers entered the market making it easier for people to invest. Last year, more than €6bn was ploughed into gold investment products in Germany and, encouragingly, there is room for further growth: consumer research indicates there is latent retail demand which the industry can tap into.

Categories: Investment

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Published 30th September 2017

Categories: Investment

Published 28th September 2017

With an annual demand of approximately 800-900 tonnes, the size of the Indian gold market is second only to that of China. Despite its significant size and important global position, the Indian gold market is unable to realise its potential due to multiple challenges. These challenges include lack of quality assurance, weak price transparency and fragmented liquidity and regulatory issues. There is a pressing need to reform the gold trading market in India, and a spot exchange, encompassing a broad ecosystem for efficient physical trading of gold, could play a significant role in reforming the gold market in India. This report outlines a vision for a gold spot exchange and its associated ecosystem, identifies key design elements, lists critical success factors (based on global examples), recognises potential benefits for entities across the value chain, the economy as a whole and sets forth a roadmap for multi-stakeholder collaboration to ensure successful design and launch of the exchange.

Categories: Demand, Investment

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Published 27th September 2017

Sovereign wealth funds, like many other investors, are under pressure to generate returns in a low-yield, low growth environment. Many are expanding into alternative assets to seek growth and income opportunities. Despite this, few sovereign wealth funds have invested in gold due to ongoing misconceptions about gold’s performance, financial behaviour, and liquidity.

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Published 20th September 2017

Welcome to the autumn edition of Gold Investor, where leading commentators and market participants discuss new developments for gold and its evolving global role.

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