DUBAI: The Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange (DGCX) in partnership with RAKBANK, announced plans to launch a Mini-Gold Futures product, offering investors the chance to trade gold in smaller denominations. The contract will be the first-of-its-kind, and is in response to feedback from market participants that emphasized a strong desire from smaller investors to increase their exposure in the precious metals market.
The Mini-Gold product will be made available on the DGCX platform and cleared by the Dubai Commodities Clearing Corporation (DCCC). Initially, delivery will take the form of electronic transfer at RAKBANK, although as the contract develops it is envisaged that the additional capability of physical redemption will be added. The launch of the Mini-Gold contract is targeted for Q3 subject to the appropriate approvals.
Les Male, CEO of DGCX, said the DGCX’s decision to expand its precious metals portfolio is a direct result of the partnership we forged with RAKBANK in 2017. There is a strong desire to own gold in the UAE, but at present, it is difficult for smaller investors to buy Gold Futures given the large size of the contracts,. he pointed out. This significant move will open up access for them and permit accumulation of Gold as part of their savings, while ultimately contributing to the development of the region’s bullion market, he added.
Vikas Suri, Managing Director of Treasury at RAKBANK, said that the product was part of the bank’s RAKGOLD project to create the UAE’s first full service, end to end bullion banking offering.