gata.org / By Peter Hobson and Jan Harvey, Reuters / March 15, 2017
LONDON — Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) is set to launch clearing for London’s benchmark gold price auction before participants are ready as it races to prevent rivals muscling in on the city’s $5 trillion-a-year bullion market, market and banking sources said.
Clearing — where an exchange acts as an intermediary to guarantee and settle trades — is regarded as a necessary progression for the gold trade as tighter regulatory capital requirements increase the cost of trading off-exchange. ICE, the London Metal Exchange, and CME Group are competing to offer services through futures contracts and grab the biggest slice of the new business.
U.S.-based exchange operator ICE has already pushed back the launch of its service by several weeks to allow the banks and brokers who participate in the auction to adapt their IT systems, four sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. Two of the sources said ICE now planned to introduce clearing from Apr. 3, the first Monday of the month.
However, at least four of the 14 banks and brokers who participate in the LBMA Gold Price auction — which sets the benchmark for bullion traders around the world — will still not be ready to use the new system, three separate sources said. …
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