China’s Yuan Gold Benchmark to Launch With 18 members, Source Tells Reuters

By A. Ananthalakshmi
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

SINGAPORE — Top Chinese banks and gold miners, along with the world’s biggest jewellery retailer, will be among 18 members taking part in Beijing’s new yuan-denominated gold benchmark, a source familiar with the matter said.

Two foreign banks will also join the benchmark-setting process when it launches on April 19, marking China’s biggest step to become a price-setter for gold.

As the world’s top producer, importer, and consumer of gold, China has balked at having to depend on a dollar price in international transactions, and believes its market weight should entitle it to set the price of gold.

A yuan gold fix is not expected to pose an immediate threat to the gold pricing dominance of London and New York, but it could ultimately give Asia more power, particularly if the Chinese currency becomes fully convertible. …

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