“Why are your Spot prices on your website different from other bullion dealers or platforms?”. This is a question that we often hear from our retail clients. So, today we will be answering this question briefly.
- The prices are dependent on the frequency of price updates to the website. Precious Metals’ prices fluctuate every millisecond. However, websites are not able to handle the frequent update of prices and setting it to update every second will crash the site unless a lot of resources is set up just to support this and this in turn will be very costly. Thus, the refresh rates for websites are usually less frequent and it might only be updated only after a few minutes. Prices on GSC website are updated every 2 minutes.
- All bullion dealers or platforms have different liquidity providers or price source. Different liquidity providers will provide different prices with minimal spread. Thus, the Spot prices would not be exactly the same for different dealers. Moreover, spot prices in different currencies (depending on home currencies of dealers) for example in our case SGD, will also need to be converted from USD to SGD as Gold is traded in USD predominantly. This would also incur some spread and depending on the forex liquidity provider that the dealer uses for currency exchange, in most cases banks, there will be a spread as the bank will have to make their margins. This will widen the spot prices quoted in the local currency, in our case SGD.
Spot prices can be affected or determined by various factors such as market demands, sentiments, number of buyers and sellers and more. Even location of the dealer and thus the cost of bullion can differ for the same bar or coin in different countries. We will further discuss these in future articles. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us to understand more! In the meantime, stay safe!
Did you know, other than purchasing Precious Metals outright through our e-commerce site or over-the-counter, you can also accumulate precious metals gradually. Take your time to save and accumulate the asset and then redeem it whenever you decide.
Accumulating (Precious Metals) gradually allows you to average out your cost and spread out your funds just like the current trending way of purchasing, BNPL (Buy Now Pay Later). Just that in this case you can only take delivery after you saved the full weight of the physical precious metal you want. You can have a peace of mind even if you do not have the time to monitor prices in order to decide when to buy in. GSC Savings Accumulation Program (GSAP) is designed to automatically purchase for you daily, based on your stipulated amount you would like to save into precious metals monthly.
At any time during or after the accumulation, you may redeem the precious metals by selecting your desired physical products – bars, coins and/or jewellery. Based on your accumulated weight at that point of time, you can browse through GSC and Kim Gold product range to select what you would like to redeem. After you have decided, GSC will share more on the premium/Kim Gold Fee to top up.
Jewellery with different purity will be calculated accordingly when redeeming them. If you have queries on this, please do not hesitate to contact our team to understand more.
Don’t miss this good “lobang” as we Singaporeans like to say it in Singlish. This means don’t miss out on this good opportunity on our very own Precious Metals BNPL Program aka GSAP!
“Spot prices dropped by over 4.00% in a span of 60 minutes before rebounding back 2-3 hours later.”
The above situation sounds like how BTC typically behaves with its extreme volatility. (For those of us who doesn’t track BTC, BTC’s price fell by over 55.00% in a span of 2 months recently, with the biggest drop being 49.00% within 2 weeks.)
That’s akin to saying your million-dollar HDB flat is now worth only 500k on the market. Ouch.
But guess what, the above situation refers to our safe haven asset known as Gold and it happened just this week, 9th August 2021 (Incidentally when Singapore celebrated its National Day holiday.)
The massive dip occurred just after 0700hrs local Singapore time, a time where most people were just starting their day. The dip lasted for an hour before rebounding back upwards 2 hours later towards levels of US$1740.
The big money question is “Why?” And we at GoldSilver Central, have laid out several possible scenarios as to what might have happened.
Coincidentally, on the 9th August, two major Asian markets were closed. Singapore was celebrating its National day and Japan was observing its Mountain Day holiday in lieu. With both markets closed, the depth of the commodities market was shallow, and liquidity obviously was not as readily available. There were probably fewer traders physically on desk as well.
A large legitimate sell order was placed. As traders were mostly off desk, the order could have been placed out into the market instead of a manual cover by an actual trader. And due to the lack of liquidity in the market, prices dipped accordingly to fill up the glut caused by the large sell order.
Of course, there are several follow-up questions in this scenario. Would prices really dip that much? Would this big dip happen again? What can I do to prevent margin calls for my account?
The truth is, we will never know with certainty. Unless we are the actual parties involved (The dealer who got the sell order or the actual customer with the sell order), we can only “guess” based on the available data that we have on hand. And the one thing is clear, Gold dipped by over 4.00% in an hour to hit a low of US$1684.72 between 0700 – 0800 hr local Singapore time on 9th August 2021.
Would it happen again?
We don’t know. From our experience, big orders are usually spread out across several days due to its sheer size to avoid large slippages and market movements. Hence, they are usually done Over-The-Counter, directly between market participants. This prevents unnecessary shocks to the markets. From the looks of the markets right now, it seems that we are out of the woods with gold prices hovering around the US$1750.00/oz levels. But can we say with certainty that prices will not cross below US$1700 in a shock dip like what we just experienced? No, we cannot be certain.
High-frequency trading probably exacerbated the drop triggered by stop losses.
Due to the prevalence of high frequency trading these days, large volumes of trades can be pushed through in a shorter span of time now. There is debate as to whether HFT ultimately contributes to increased market volatility and sharper spikes and crashes. However, we will leave that to another day for discussion.
What we wish to bring up here is that the quick pace at which the price dropped that morning probably didn’t even leave time for most traders to adjust their stop losses accordingly. Each lower price level would likely have triggered further stop losses, thus resulting in a negative spiral downwards until more and more traders caught wind of the situation and managed their positions accordingly.
Well, what should you do now?
Ever heard of the saying “Don’t try to catch a falling knife?” The same principle applies here, you weren’t in the right position before the event occurred. So don’t try to chase after something that is just simply not meant to be.
Reacting to an unexpected situation is never a good thing and we won’t know for certain what is going to happen next. If anything, stick to your gameplan. There are always opportunities in the markets.
If your initial position was a buy position, then see this as a good chance for accumulation. And do it wisely. GoldSilver Central offers you the tools to do so. We have:
Dollar Cost Averaging Strategy is the crux here, and when you onboard the GSAP, accumulating daily is stress-free. Think of it as automated disciplined savings for your purse strings. It allows you to break up your purchase into daily smaller bite sizes, spreading out the price risk that you must bear. More discipline in your life isn’t such a bad thing.
A mobile friendly application that is a powerful tool for investors. You now have the capability to view and transact based on live streaming market prices. Yes, that is right, you can buy / sell anytime and anywhere that you find convenient. So if prices were to crash once again, you would be able to take action immediately. And the best part? It’s 100% physically deliverable. Yes, let me repeat, 100% physically deliverable. You can exchange the pool allocated gold in your GSC Live! Account for physical bars & coins at our retail shop.
If you wish to learn how GoldSilver Central can add value to your portfolio, let us know and we’ll give you a call at your convenience.
It has been a busy week, you didn’t have much time to look at your Precious Metals (PM) investments during the week. Now that it is coming to the weekend, you decide to purchase some LBMA Good Delivery gold bars as prices having been dipping throughout the week.
BOOM. Wrong move there. You might have been better off waiting for Monday. To understand why, we first must understand the price components of a gold bar and why weekday prices are different from weekend prices.
If you are unfamiliar with the below equation, get familiar with it first!
Price = Physical Premiums + Spot price
(For more information, refer to “Cheaper a bit can a not?” Why your gold bar should NOT be cheaper.“ Article)
“Wise and successful businesses properly manage risks.”
For GoldSilver Central, we adopt a Hedging-based model approach where we ensure that we are not exposed to price fluctuations on our clients’ orders. This approach allows us to serve our clients without any prejudice on prices and ensures that we are not adversely affected by massive rise/drop in prices. To put things in perspective, a $200 increase in gold price will not equate a $200 increase in profits for selling a gold bar, as we do not take any positions on the gold spot price.
Under normal market conditions, where there is deep liquidity available and market participants aren’t afraid to quote prices for buying/selling, the difference between the selling price and buyback price (Also known as the buy-sell spread) is narrow. This is a natural function of efficient markets, where conditions for performing transactions are very fluid and has less or no friction. This is what usually transpires on a weekday where many market participants are available, and dealers are active also.
However, on a weekend, this is not the case. Market participants are inactive and do not quote prices. Hence a bullion dealer who deals on the weekends will instead, take the trade onto their own books. This creates exposure and a higher risk for the business itself, come Monday when markets are once again open. To deal with this increased risk, the buy-sell spread is widened to account for any possible fluctuations between the current quotes and the Monday market prices. This widening could be reflected in either the physical premiums or the spot prices itself.
A fun fact: Never try to compare prices of brokerages on a weekend. The adjustment of the buy-sell spread differs for each brokerage and you will end up with an inaccurate comparison.
How is the buy-sell spread determined on the weekends?
Reputable bullion dealers will have their own price risk assessment and structure. They consider several factors, such as the current market volatility, and price accordingly. Hence, you may observe that the buy-sell spread for the weekends may differ for different products.
This is also why some bullion dealers do not take in large orders on the weekend, as this increases their risks to an unacceptable level.
This sounds so unfair! Why should there be a wider buy-sell spread?
It is not a question of “fair / unfair”. Rather a more appropriate question to ask yourself should be “am I willing to deal at the current quoted rates?” Reputable bullion dealers widen the buy-sell spread to account for the increase in risks that they undertake. If they do not, they expose themselves to unacceptable risks and may even go out of business if the risk is not managed properly. However, if a dealer widens the buy-sell spread too widely compared to others, savvy investors know not to take it up and the dealer effectively prices himself out of the market. GSC offers services such as GSC Live! and price alerts/limits that assist our clients to monitor their desired price levels.
So why transact on the weekends?
It depends on your objectives!
If you are a regular investor and are now in the accumulation phase of your investments, you may wish to avoid placing weekend trades to avoid any major fluctuations in your accumulation. Slow and steady as some call it.
However, if you are a gun-slinging sniper looking for short-term opportunities from minor movements in price, and you foresee that prices are poised for a big movement come Monday, then yes transact on the weekends and lock in those prices. There are also investors who see that the current weekend prices meet their desired levels and are happy to sell at these levels. There is nothing wrong in that too.
Ultimately, GSC’s role is provide liquidity to our customers at fair and transparent rates. We also have value added services such as GSC Live! that make it easier for clients to achieve their objectives. The choice to transact or not, has and always will be the client’s to decide.
Till the next time, have a good weekend.
Have you ever wondered how do bullion dealers come up with the price of your physical gold bar? Is it true that bullion dealers make a lot of profits? Today, we look at the breakdown of a gold bar and why it is important to get a value deal instead of a cheap deal.
Essentially, the basic 101 formula is this:
Price = Physical Premiums + Spot price
Precious Metals Investors know that when they buy physical gold, they must pay a markup known as a physical premium.
For instance, on our GSC website, an Argor Heraeus Cast Gold Bar 100g is selling at S$8050.00 with the spot price of S$2450.80/oz. This translates to a physical premium of S$170.50 for the bar now.
This physical premium includes all the various costs components incurred in the minting of the gold bar. Some of these components include, but not exclusive:
- Refinery Minting costs
- Logistics Costs for delivery
- Insurance Costs
- Storage Costs
- Profit Markup
We covered this in a previous article also:
You can see in the above example, it is inaccurate to say that the bullion dealer earns $170.50 from selling the Argor Heraeus Cast Gold Bar 100g. The bullion dealer incurs costs when it decides to bring in inventory stock from refineries and typically the local SEA market competition is very stiff. It is not far-fetched to say that for a 100g gold bar retailing at S$8000+, the dealer could only be making S$10+ from it.
However, it is accurate to say that the retail investor’s “additional” costs of owning the physical bar is $170.50. It is an unavoidable cost incurred for the eliminating the counterparty risks and having the additional security of the physical asset. (We will discuss this in greater details in another article. PM us for more details!)
This is commonly known as the price of gold which may be bought and sold at this moment. What determines the spot gold price? The simplest answer is demand and supply of the market participants. However, there are many alternate theories about it which we will not delve into. We must note that the spot gold price differs slightly from region to region for many practical reasons, considering the geographical location and the time lag.
So, why should I not want my bar to be cheaper?
The more appropriate question here would be “What’s the opportunity costs I have to forgo here?”
Just imagine this, a dealer who is solely focused on “a race to 0” as we affectionately term it, is likely not going to be focused on value adding to its customers. Its main goal would be to try and attract as many customers as possible by virtue of its “lowest prices possible” strategy and hope to attain enough market share to be a dominant player. We know that does not work in the bullion industry, as seen from the numerous players initially making a big entrance in the precious metals industry with “low premiums inventories”, only to shut down shortly after with huge losses.
Price should not be your only comparison.
Instead, you should be looking for a dealer who is not only price competitive, but also able to value add to your portfolio investments! We’ve spoken on the importance of having an expert to guide you in your precious metals holdings in this article here (All Precious Metals investors fall into 2 categories. Which are you?)
Personally, I would absolutely be willing to top up the extra $10 in premium costs if in the long run, the dealer is able to value add to my portfolio. The costs savings would be much more than the $10 I put up now. Think of it as a minor investment in ensuring you get a better deal rather than a cheaper one. As Warren Buffett says:
“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”
And I would choose value over price anytime of the day.
Till the next time.
Inflation refers to the rise in prices of most goods and services of daily or common use. Whenever there is a higher demand than supply, prices will be increased and therefore, leading to inflation.
Investors holding on to tangible assets, such as property(s), may like to see inflation in the Real-Estate sector, as that will cause the value of their assets to increase. On the other hand, as whenever there is a negative in the Real Rates of Return in the Equity, Bond, or Real-Estate markets, investors will purchase Gold regularly as it is an asset that maintains value. This is because Gold, Silver, and other Precious Metals have both intrinsic and industrial value, cannot be printed at will like currencies; therefore will not be affected by inflation in the same way as food or personal services
However, investors will have to take note that the volatility of these assets can turn down the benefits of their insulation from rising prices, especially if it is only used for a short-term investment.
Deflation is when the inflation rate falls below 0% (a negative inflation rate). Inflation will cause the value of the currency to decrease over time however, sudden deflation will increase the value of the currency. This will mean that more goods and services can be bought with the same amount of currency than before this sudden deflation.
Usually, deflation happens when there is a high supply (excess production) with low demand (decreased consumption), or when supply of money is decreased (sometimes in response to a contraction created from careless investment or a credit crunch), or because of a net capital outflow from the economy.
If deflation is exacerbated, it can throw an economy into a deflationary spiral. This will happen when a decrease in price leading to lower production levels, and therefore to lower wages. This will cause a lower demand by businesses and consumers, and the price will decrease further due to the lower demand. Unemployment rate will also increase if consumers delay spending in anticipation of falling prices, as it will eventually lead to a falling economic activity.
What we see today, the big increase in money supply in support of the global economies due to the effect of the pandemic, the low interest rate to spur lending and spending, inflation seem more like a plausible event moving forward. At this moment, a portfolio with a slightly higher allocation to Precious Metals might be good as we are bullish in the longer term and this period (current price levels for Precious Metals) might be a good window to enter the market and accumulate more.
Always remember that a diversified portfolio will be important to tide investors through inflation and also remember to constantly rebalance your portfolio to achieve the best results!
A recently reported fraud news in Singapore involving physical Gold bars unfortunately showcased the often used asset of choice by fraudsters, fake con artists and money launderers. This plagues the industry from time to time and gives a bad name to precious metals investing for serious investors and trusted dealers.
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), is an inter-governmental body that sets international standards aimed to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing (ML/TF). Similar to other important financial centers globally, Singapore is a member of FATF and has taken action to tighten regulations and reduce the harm caused by these illegal activities to society.
For the precious metals sector, Singapore had passed the Precious Stones and Precious Metals Act (PSPM Act) in April 2019 that introduced an anti-money laundering and countering of terrorism financing regime to strengthen Singapore’s overall efforts to counter money laundering and terrorism financing.
GoldSilver Central Pte Ltd (GSC), as a regulated and trusted dealer in Singapore registered under the PSPM Act, complies with and performs the required customer due diligence (CDD) and enhanced customer due diligence (ECDD) processes.
Regulated dealers under the PSPM Act are prohibited from performing any transaction if the required CDD process is not completed or fulfilled. And for cash transactions, regulated dealers are further required for compliance reporting for amounts above $20,000 to the related regulatory bodies.
All regulated dealers have also been advised to display prominently the Ministry of Law’s Notice for Customers (as shown below).
The World Gold Council (WGC) is the market development organisation for the Gold industry. The WGC recently produced the Retail Gold Investment Principles (RGIP) which provides high level, best practice guidance for providers of retail Gold products. GoldSilver Central, which is also a corporate member of the Singapore Bullion Market Association (SBMA), supports and adheres to the guidelines found in WGC’s RGIP.
You may learn more about the RGIPs here.
As a regulated and responsible dealer in our industry, we want to always support and help build trust in our precious metals community for a safe and responsible trading environment for our clients and business partners.
GSC Compliance Team
Missing out on the joy of joining your once-in-a-lifetime graduation ceremonies in-person? Trying to reward your loyal staff but can’t hold any meaningful physical ceremonies? How about having fixed your wedding date and made all the preparations for a intimate experience only to be affected by the volatile uncertainty caused by Covid-19. That’s exactly where a gift in the form of a Gold Bar or Coin will be a memorable and significant one.
At GSC, we consistently source for products suitable for investors all around the world, each looking to fulfil a different need in their portfolio. During this period of Covid-19 pandemic, where we all need to be practising social responsibility and distancing, GoldSilver Central sees the need to still remember and commemorate special events in a meaningful way. Virtual interactions and celebrations can’t be avoided, but let’s continue to celebrate that important milestone in our lives.
Gift of Finance
Graduation ceremonies traditionally signify passing into the adulthood, so why not get a physical gold bar or coin as a first real financial investment for your graduating child? Celebrate that parental love you have with your child by imparting to them life’s eternal lesson: the importance of personal finance.
Gift of Loyalty
Similarly, reward your loyal staff who have been going above and beyond their roles by gifting them a gift that signifies a store of value. Show them you value their contributions and celebrate the bond you have built up over the years.
Gift of Value
And what else can we say about arguably the most important event in most of our lives? We should never underrate the joy of the matrimony of a couple. And a pure gold investment bar will make for a solid beginning of a relationship. Display it prominently in your new home and remind each other daily the importance and value of your marriage. Or if you are gifting it for your son and newly official daughter in law, this is a good opportunity to share with them the value of long-lasting assets in the relationship.
We have curated a catalogue of suitable gifts for you. Here are some of the products you can consider.
Feel free to browse the catalogue. For corporations, we are able to customize portfolios to suit your needs as well.
Thank you and lets all keep safe
Today, as I was sharing the merits of having Gold in your investment portfolio, a mid-30s male came up to me and asked me this,
“How much should I invest in Gold? How do I even go about doing it?”
A good question.
We operate a precious metals business. Will we ever say
“You are buying too much Gold! Stop buying!”.
ABSOLUTELY, YES WE WILL SAY THAT.
Because the alternative is just simply wrong. No one should ever have 100% of your assets into any 1 basket, that is a gambler’s mindset. (In which case, we can point you to the nearest Casino, they should be welcoming locals with open arms at the moment, given the lack of tourism still in Singapore.) Even Warren Buffet diversifies. So should you. Period.
Hang on, did a Precious Metals Market Leader just mention not to buy Gold? YES we did! And that’s because having too much Gold weightage in your portfolio may not always be a good thing. Let’s dig deeper.
There are 2 main reasons investors buy into Gold as an asset.
Which reason do you belong to?
Lately, we hear a lot about how Gold prices have gone up more than 50% and that it will continue to have a “meteoric assent to the moon and Gold will have taken a leap for mankind” (we jest but just hear some of the stories that we have heard…) Would Gold shoot up to $10,000 per oz? MAYBE, but that will most probably not happen in 2021 or for the next 5 years for that matter. If you are investing to earn capital appreciation, you need to ask yourself THE important question.
What is my timeframe?
(We’ll discuss this in greater details next time, subscribe to us for the latest updates. Or simply call us to ask.)
Once you’ve identified your reason for investing in Gold, comes the next part in deciding how much to invest. Ask yourself this very simple yet straight forward question,
Can you sleep at night?
Every investor’s “sleep tolerance level” is different, one may be comfortable with putting in 20% of their portfolio into Gold and possibly see it shrink by 10%. Another may be anxious with even a 5% dip when they’ve only put 10% of their portfolio. And you know what, there’s nothing wrong with it. Which is why here at GoldSilver Central, our purpose is not to sell you more gold, more silver, more platinum… Our purpose is not even to tell you “investors should put 5-10% of your portfolio into Gold. This is historically proven to be the best portfolio weightage according to experts…”
Our purpose is to ask you this,
“Will investing in Gold lead to better sleep for you? If so, lets discuss what is the most cost efficient way to get into it. If not, you should consider why are you even thinking about investing in Gold.”
Are you buying too much gold? Speak to us to create the portfolio tailored specifically for you to have a good rest at night.
Till next time. Sleep well.