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Gold loans (or gold deposits) may be undertaken to obtain an income return on gold. The gold that is placed on loan (or deposit) may be either a financial asset (i.e., monetary gold) or a non- financial asset (i.e., non-monetary gold.) The gold remains on the books of the gold lender, and the lender retains the exposure to the market risk arising from movements in the market price of gold.

Gold loans (or deposits) are not backed by cash collateral and, in some cases, are not backed by non-cash collateral. However, the gold may be on-sold by the borrower.

Source Publication:
Monetary and Financial Statistics Manual, IMF, Washington, 2000, para. 156.


Statistical Theme: Financial statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Wednesday, March 5, 2003