Dubai: DGCX waives fees for Shariah-compliant spot gold contract

DGCX says working on a Shariah-compliant silver spot contract also


Waheed Abbas

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Published: Tue 22 Aug 2023, 3:45 PM

Last updated: Tue 22 Aug 2023, 3:46 PM

The Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange (DGCX) on Tuesday said it waived fees for its Shariah-compliant spot gold contract (DGSG) after receiving regulatory approval from the UAE Securities and Commodities Authority.

The largest and most diversified derivatives exchange in the Middle East said the fee waiver for DGSG would run from August 21, 2023, until December 31, 2023.

It said all DGCX and Dubai Commodities Clearing Corporation fees were waived, including those associated with trading, clearing and delivery. However, the fee waiver didn’t include the SCA fee of $0.03.

The exchange said it was also seeking approval from SCA to waive fees for its Gold Futures contract and would update the market accordingly.

Against a backdrop of global inflationary pressure and economic uncertainty, the demand for gold has remained robust as investors seek safe-haven assets.

In the first half of 2023, the price of gold increased by 5.4 per cent, closing at $1,912.25 per ounce at the end of the period. Excluding developed market stocks, gold has outperformed nearly all other major assets this year, demonstrating its role as a reliable store of value.

“Having seen significant growth in the DGCX Shariah-compliant spot gold contract since its launch in 2018, we expect the waiving of fees to attract greater volumes and act as a catalyst for the contract over the long term by bringing in new investors from across the region and around the world. At the same time, the increasing demand for gold in the current economic environment, alongside the steady growth of the Islamic finance industry, is adding further support to volumes and liquidity. DGCX is committed to working closely with its members to create a market that is as efficient and fair as possible,” said Louis Hems, commercial director of DGCX.

The DGSG contract is compliant with Shari’ah principles for gold ownership and is certified by prominent Shari’ah scholars. Each contract is backed by 1kg of allocated and segregated gold bars with a minimum purity of .995, meeting "UAE Good Delivery" specifications.

Delivery is made through DMCC Tradeflow, an online platform tailored to register possession and ownership of commodities stored in UAE-based facilities, ensuring smooth delivery of contracts.

The exchange revealed that it was working on introducing new contracts, such as the Shar’iah Compliant Silver Spot Contract, which is currently being reviewed by the UAE Securities and Commodities Authority.

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