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CME Group JV with The Royal Mint to launch Royal Mint Gold

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LONDON (Scrap Register): The Royal Mint and CME Group has announced a collaboration to transform the way that market participants can trade gold.

The Royal Mint has partnered with CME Group to build and launch a digitised gold offering called Royal Mint Gold (RMG). RMG will change the way traders and investors trade, execute and settle gold. The innovative new product, launching in 2017, will see The Royal Mint issue RMG as a digital record of ownership for gold stored at its highly-secure on-site bullion vault storage facility.

CME Group will develop, implement and operate the product's digital trading platform.  Taken together, this new service will provide an easier, cost-effective and cryptographically secure alternative to buying, holding and trading spot gold.

“The Royal Mint has a unique history and a trusted reputation earned over many centuries trading in gold but until now, there hasn't been a way to digitally trade physical gold,” said Vin Wijeratne, CFO of The Royal Mint. Developing a trading platform with CME Group will satisfy customer demands for faster, cost effective and secure ways to buy, hold and sell gold and complement our existing products. This landmark partnership allows us to combine the world's leading mint, the best futures trading platform globally and best in class technology.”

CME Group will launch a digital trading platform which will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Unlike the traditional physical spot cost model for investing in gold with management fees and ongoing storage charges levied, RMGs will offer ownership of the underlying gold with the option for conversion to physical gold by The Royal Mint with zero storage cost.

The initial amount of RMG at launch could be up to $1 billion worth of gold. It will be offered through investment providers. Further RMG will then be issued based on market demand.

“Developing a digital gold trading platform will help ensure that CME Group's current product offerings meet the evolving needs of the global marketplace. As we continue to expand our global footprint and develop new products, this platform will help set standards for digital assets in financial markets,” said Julie Winkler, Senior Managing Director, Research, Product Development and Index Services at CME Group.

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