New digital gold trading platform Goldzip has launched in Hong Kong, supported by the island’s local gold exchange, with an initial US$300 million worth of gold in minimum reserve. The reserve will be guaranteed for three years by members of the Chinese Gold & Silver Exchange (CGSE).
As reported by China Knowledge, the platform’s participating members are currently in audit for their physical gold inventory, in order to verify that each Goldzip token is backed by 1 gram of gold, worth HK$300 (US$38), before the physical gold is then moved into a vault at the exchange.
Goldzip’s mission is to develop an ecosystem through which investors can trade the tokens over crypto exchanges, over-the-counter (OTC) markets, and gold retailers by streamlining and securing gold transfers and payments through the use of asset-backed tokens powered by blockchain technology.
The advantage of using blockchain for precious metals is that it provides a purportedly tamper-proof and immutable ledger, and can help minimise fraud.
The platform has so far managed to integrate 30,000 merchants throughout Southeast Asia and members can sell tokens to the public via retail outlets. Redeemed tokens will be retired to maintain the matching gold to token ratio of one-to-one. Additionally, Goldzip will soon be collaborating with global payment networks including Visa, Mastercard and UnionPay.
Gold has previously been tokenized using blockchain technology, with Singapore’s Digix Global having issued similar gold-backed DGX tokens in 2018.
Calvin Ng, executive director of CGSE, stated that Goldzip should closely track the spot price, given that the tokens are backed one-to-one by gold reserves. However, he made no mention of the benchmark that Goldzip would reference.
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