The LBMA announces that the new LBMA Gold Price, which replaces the long established London Gold Fix, will be launched on 20 March, 2015. As previously announced ICE Benchmark Administration (IBA) are the new administrators of the LBMA Gold Price. The intellectual property rights will be held by 'Precious Metals Prices Limited', a newly established subsidiary company of the LBMA.
As the administrator of the LBMA Gold Price, IBA will operate a physically settled, electronic and tradeable auction process. The price formation will be in dollars and prices will continue to be set twice daily at 10:30 and 15:00 (London time) in three currencies: USD, EUR and GBP. Within the process, aggregated gold bids and offers will be updated in real-time with the imbalance calculated and the price updated every 30 seconds until the buy and sell orders are matched. Participants, as well as sponsored clients, will be able to manage their orders in the auction in real time via their desktops.
The new system is set to expand participation to at least 11 members including some Chinese banks for the first time.
Ruth Crowell, Chief Executive of the LBMA:
"Following the launches of the LBMA Silver Price and the LBMA Platinum and Palladium Prices in 2014, the launch of the new LBMA Gold Price on 20 March means that all four precious metal prices will be on electronic auction platforms, independently administered with increased participation and transparency. The LBMA owns the intellectual property rights to all four prices. This ownership unifies and coordinates all London precious metal prices under one single entity and ensures continuity of these important benchmarks."