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The centenary of the first London gold price

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12 September 2019 marks the centenary of the first gold price, or what is now known as the LBMA Gold Price. To mark this momentous occasion LBMA are planning a series of celebratory events during 2019. This article first appeared in Alchemist magazine as the first of four from Alered Connelly, PR Officer at LBMA, which draw on his academic analysis of the gold price over the last 100 years.

A brief history

On 12 September 1919, the Bank of England made arrangements with NM Rothschild & Sons for the formation of a free gold market and the establishment of a daily gold price. 

The first “fixing” took place at 11am when the price of gold was settled at £4 18 s 9d by the five founding members: NM Rothschild & Sons (chair), Mocatta & Goldsmid, Pixley & Abell, Samuel Montagu & Co. and Sharps Wilkins. The bids were made by telephone for the first few days, but it was then decided to hold a formal meeting at New Court, the London offices of NM Rothschild & Sons. 

The original members of the Fixing were all historically linked with the gold market in London. Mocatta & Goldsmid dated back to the early origins of the market in the late 1600s, when it became silver broker to the Bank of England, at a time when London was usurping Amsterdam as the international centre for the gold market. 

In the late 18th century and early 19th century, Mayer Amschel Rothschild rose to become one of Europe’s most powerful bankers and it was his third son, Nathan Mayer Rothschild, who founded NM Rothschild & Sons in London in 1811. As gold began to pour into London from the gold rushes, first from California and then Australia, Pixley & Abell was set up in 1852, swiftly followed by Samuel Montagu in 1853. 

In the intervening years, mergers have seen Pixley & Abell and Sharps & Wilkins in 1957 form Sharps Pixley, which is still in existence to this day, and Samuel Montagu become part of the private banking service of HSBC. 

As we reflect on the last 100 years of the gold price, we equally look forward to the next 100 years. Today, it continues to be set in London and remains the international benchmark price for the gold market. However, over the years it has evolved and modernised. One of the most significant changes was on 1 April, 1968 when the price changed from sterling to dollars and took place twice a day. 


More recently in 2015 responsibility for the administration and governance of the price was transferred to an independent administrator, ICE Benchmark Administration who have also established an external oversight committee to assist them in ensuring the effective governance of what is a transparent, trusted and tradable process. 

The auction provides the opportunity to buy or sell precious metals via a transparent electronic platform. Everyone can see the same, publicly available information at the same time - providing a level playing field to all participants. The administrator monitors the benchmark settings before during and after the process to ensure its integrity. 

The tradable reference price is used by miners, refiners, central banks, investors, traders and fabricators around the globe. The auction is centrally cleared which allows a broad range of firms to become Direct Participants. Currently there are now 13 direct participants rather than just the original five, including Chinese banks. 




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How to buy gold: simple, safe and secure options available at The Perth Mint

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Interest in precious metals investing is growing once again.

A decade ago, the global financial crisis helped popularise gold as a go-to asset in times of economic crisis. Now, with serious talk about the possibility of a potential downturn in international economic growth, many people are again considering gold as a ‘safe haven’ investment with the power to preserve wealth.

Reflecting the way in which gold is becoming more mainstream, small investors account for a large percentage of the mounting inquiries we’re receiving at The Perth Mint.

To cater for our diverse clients, we offer an extensive range of traditional and contemporary products and services suitable for private investors through to sovereign wealth funds. As a result, we not only offer world renowned coins and bars for delivery, but also depository services via our online portal, exchange traded products and even a handy smartphone trading app.

Below is a more detailed look at our solutions:

Online Trading Portal

Perth Mint Depository provides a 24/7 online trading portal with live pricing for investors to buy, store and sell gold, silver and platinum.

Online Depository Account holders have the choice of a range of storage solutions offering different pricing structures.

Additionally, Depository Online includes a monthly savings plan for accumulating precious metals over time with a minimum contribution of only AUD 50 per month.

Telephone/Email


Modelled on a traditional service with personalised contact, the Depository Program is tailored to investors who wish to operate their account by telephone or email.

As a Depository Program Account holder, you communicate directly with our in-house traders who provide live pricing and instant confirmation of trades.

This account also offers several storage solutions in gold, silver and platinum.

Share Trading Accounts

Trading on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) under the code PMGOLD, Perth Mint Gold is a fully paid warrant on 1/100th of a troy ounce of physical gold.

Able to be accessed through a standard Australian share trading account, PMGOLD is structured to track the international spot price of gold in Australian dollars.

Trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), AAAU is unique in the marketplace as it is the first gold ETF to have the precious metal held on behalf of investors guaranteed by a sovereign entity.

Designed to track the international price of gold in US dollars, it is available to Australian investors through an international share trading account.

Mobile App


GoldPass® is a full-service investment app that allows users to buy, store, sell and transfer physical gold via a 24/7 trading platform on their smartphone.

The physical gold backing each investor’s GoldPass® holdings is represented in the form of digital certificates within the app.

Buy and Store Independently


For investors who wish to store physical precious metals themselves, our bullion range comprises:

 •  Gold and silver minted bars
 •  Gold and silver cast bars
 •  Gold, silver and platinum bullion coins

Bullion products can be ordered online or by phone for secure delivery to an approved location of the investor’s choice. Alternatively they can be purchased over the counter in our Bullion Trading Room.

Why The Perth Mint?

The Perth Mint is a global leader in precious metals. We process more than 90% of Australia’s and approximately 10% of the world’s newly mined gold, distributing precious metals worth more than AUD 18 billion annually throughout 130 countries.

We are the sole manufacturer of the official Australian Bullion Coin Program and make bullion bars at our refinery, one of only a few global precious metal facilities accredited by all five of the world’s major gold exchanges: London Bullion Market Association (LBMA), New York Commodities Exchange (COMEX), Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), Tokyo Commodities Exchange (TOCOM), and the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC).

Importantly, investors who choose any of our products do so with the knowledge that their underlying physical holding is guaranteed by our sole owner, the Government of Western Australia, under the Gold Corporation Act 1987.




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How Much Gold Is Enough?

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PRECIOUS METAL SERIES – 6

If you’re persuaded by the argument that it’s important to diversify your investment portfolio with gold as an insurance against global gloom-and-doom scenarios, you need to consider how much gold is enough.

Roughly two years after the price of gold had declined from its all-time high in 2011, Professor of Economics at Harvard University, Greg Mankiw, concluded that it still made sense to hold a “small sliver” of gold in his portfolio. About 2 percent, he said.

In response, financial advisor, author and advisory board member Joshua M Brown argued that amount was nowhere near enough.  “It’s not ever going to have a large enough impact on a portfolio to matter,” he stated. But in advocating 25 – 50 percent of total assets, was he going over-the-top?

How Much Gold Is Enough?

The World Gold Council (albeit an industry body) is well respected for its research and analysis. Its suggestion falls into line with the many more moderate recommendations we’ve seen. Having crunched some relevant numbers, it states that “modest allocations to gold of 2 – 10 percent can protect and enhance the performance of an investment portfolio. A 5 – 6 percent allocation is optimal for investors with a well-balanced 60/40 portfolio.”

While warning that 20 percent is way too much, former hedge fund manager and now popular US financial commentator Jim Cramer also favours 10 percent as an upper limit. “I consider gold as an insurance policy and no worthwhile insurance policy should be 20 percent of the money you have invested," he said recently.

Ultimately, of course, it’s down to you, but take time to research the topic before deciding your personal ‘allocation to gold’.



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Rogers Sees Gold Going To US$2,000

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OPINIONS

Jim Rogers is a legendary investor who co-founded the spectacularly successful Quantum Fund in 1973 with George Soros. Rogers was in Australia recently and explained to ABC Lateline Business why he is so convinced about the future of farming, commodities and gold.



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Global Gold Demand Reflects Challenging Global Economic Climate – World Gold Council

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RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS

Global gold demand in Q3 2012 was 1,084.6 tonnes (t), down 11% from the record Q3 2011 figure of 1,223.5t.   This dip in demand is in comparison with exceptional demand in Q3 last year. Gold demand remains resilient. Q3 2012 was above the five year quarterly average of 984.7t, according to the World Gold Council's Gold Demand Trends Report.

Download Gold Demand Trends Third Quarter 2012



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Infographic: Gold As An Investment

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RESEARCH & ANALYSIS

How does gold behave like an investment and what are the fundamentals of investing in gold? What are the different ways investors can get exposure to gold in their portfolios? It’s taken a mighty infographic to deal with these and other question – make sure you click the image to see the series finale in its entirety:

Click to see the full infographic at Visual Capitalist.



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