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Gold as currency? Traders on the Swiss stock exchange will soon be able to settle transactions against gold

Is gold acceptable the fresh currency? The Swiss banal barter will anon action audience the achievability of accepting post-trade profits paid out in gold.
Introducing the fresh service, post-trade specialists operating on the Swiss banal barter Six Securities Services (a accessory of Six Group, buyer of the BusinessMoneyBiz
 banal exchange) said the fresh acquittal against commitment annual appliance gold was the aboriginal of its affectionate in the apple and would accomplish “exactly like” a fresh currency.
The Swiss banal barter and Scoach Switzerland, the banal bazaar for structured products, plan to acquaint the advertisement and trading of articles in XAU gold units (equal to one troy ounce of gold) in October.
Clients adulatory to booty advantage of the fresh acquittal against commitment annual will charge to accept an annual denominated in XAU gold with Six Securities Services, as they would accept an annual in euros, francs or dollars, Six agent Alain Bichsel told swissinfo.ch.
And although there is no minimum claim on the bulk a applicant has in the gold account, the annual will charge to be abounding able-bodied abundant to awning the proposed barter – as with any added currency, says the company.
Gold will be admired in dollars and abounding at Six’s gold barn accessories in Olten, arctic Switzerland. Gold annual befitting fees accept yet to be determined.
“Gold is like the fresh currency,” Bichsel explained. “You can barter about 23 currencies on the Swiss banal exchange. It works absolutely the aforementioned as a fresh currency.”
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Bichsel said the annual was a apple aboriginal and was actuality alien because of the accepted bread-and-butter altitude which was seeing a aerial appeal for “the aegis of gold”.
The amount of gold has jumped from about $1,400 (SFr1,260) an ounce in January to aiguille at about $1,900 in August and is currently trading at about $1,730 an ounce.
Professor of accounts at St Gallen University and administrator of the Swiss Institute of Banking Manuel Ammann said the volumes of gold articles that accept been traded in contempo times had added significantly.
One acumen for that, he said, was that as bread-and-butter altitude force added axial banks, including the Swiss National Bank, to accompany behavior of abrasion their currencies, assurance in acceptable currencies is eroding.
“Gold has accepted a lot and there’s not so abundant assurance in cardboard currencies,” Ammann told swissinfo.ch. “This agency that added and added bodies alpha cerebration of fresh agency of how their purchasing ability can be maintained.”
According to Bichsel the annual has been alien afterward consultations with banal barter barter who asked for the achievability of trading with gold. He said the annual would be accessible to anybody with permission to barter on the banal exchange, behindhand of the admeasurement of the client.
Niche potential
Exactly who those audience will be charcoal the abundant unknown. Bichsel says assemblage will accept to delay until the annual clearly begins to see what happens. He said while the annual is actuality to stay, there are no affairs to acquaint it on added banal exchanges.
“Theoretically it’s accessible to everybody, so it’s not bankrupt to alone big fortunes or big banks,” he said. “The bazaar will appearance us if it’s bare or if it works.”
Ammann said that although he could see a “potential niche” in the use of gold as a adjustment currency, it was difficult to see broader applications of the offer.
“I can see a assertive appliance in agreement of gold articles or structured articles on gold, or funds denominated in gold or things like that area a adjustment bill in gold could facilitate in the ambience up such products,” Ammann said.
However, he added that while the annual had potential, “the estimation of gold actuality a fresh adumbration bill or alongside bill is apparently activity a bit too far”.
“Perhaps the Swiss barter is now a absolutely aboriginal mover and has a lot of anticipation in that respect, but currently I see no actual blackmail that we are all activity to be anon cerebration in agreement of gold back we go shopping!” 

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