For first time buyers of gold and silver bullion or those looking to select a new storage partner, there are a number of key benefits that differentiate The Perth Mint Certificate Programme:
- Government Guaranteed by the Western Australian Government
- Direct Ownership – Allocated and Segregated Coins and Bars
- Competitive Storage Rates
- Independent Verification and Full Audits
- Ability To Take Delivery of Coins and Bars
- Real Transparency and Accessibility
Perth Mint Certificates are one of the safest and most cost-effective methods of investing in gold, silver and platinum.
The Perth Mint Certificate Program (PMCP) is operated by the Perth Mint of Western Australia, a mint wholly owned by the Government of Western Australia.
The PMCP allows Irish investors, savers, and pension funds to own investment grade gold, silver and platinum bullion.
The Perth Mint is the trading name of Gold Corporation. It is the successor organization of the Royal Mint’s Perth branch that was founded in 1899. The certificate program is fully guaranteed by the Government of Western Australia. The government has received a very high AA+ rating from international rating agencies. PMCP is the only government-guaranteed certificate program in the world.
GoldCore was appointed as an authorized dealer for PMCP in 2005, and we are one of a select few authorized dealers of the service in the world.
The second most important decision an Irish buyer faces is how to store their gold. The first is the actual decision to purchase gold. Ideally, Irish gold bullion buyers or investors should diversify across storage locations to minimise event risks such as theft, government confiscation, terrorism, war and natural disasters that might affect one location.
This may mean keeping a small quantity of gold at home or in a readily accessible location, while storing the majority of your gold bullion holding in a secure international precious metals storage facility or vault, preferably in a financially stable and politically stable jurisdiction. GoldCore has partnered with Loomis and Brink’s, world leaders in precious and valuable storage solutions, to provide fully insured storage services to our Irish clients across a number of international jurisdictions in Switzerland, Singapore, the UK, Ireland and Hong Kong.
GoldCore Secure Storage annual storage fees start at 1% per annum and storage fees of less than 1% are available for larger values of gold and silver bullion stored:
Gold Storage Rates
|0.79%||$100,000 – $250,000|
|0.69%||$250,000 – $500,000|
|0.59%||$500,000 – $750,000|
Silver Storage Rates
|0.95%||$100,000 – $250,000|
|0.85%||$250,000 – $750,000|
Storage charges are calculated and accrued daily based on a daily valuation of the client’s bullion holdings, and then billed three months in arrears at the start of February, May, August and November.
A daily billing calculation means that the storage fee is accurately applied to the changing value of the precious metals, and reflects the changing gold price over the billing period. This calculation approach prevents large movements in the gold price affecting the bi-annual storage fee, which could occur if the fee was calculated based on just one day’s price.
When an Irish client buys bullion coins and bars from GoldCore, the initial purchase price does not include a storage fee. Therefore the client defers payment on storage until the first invoice date, which could be up to six months later. For example, if a client buys bullion in the first week of May, they only get billed for their first storage fee nearly six months later at the end of October, and so (the client) avoids an upfront storage fee at the time of purchase.
Direct ownership of gold means owning actual individual gold bullion coins and/or bars either in your possession or in allocated, segregated and fully insured accounts that you can access easily and quickly take delivery of your gold bullion from.
There is no counterparty risk with direct ownership since the gold bullion is the legal property of you the investor, and should the provider go out of business this does not impact your ownership of, or your access to the gold bullion.
By having direct ownership of physical coins and bars you can sell your bullion back to any number of international bullion dealers. This reduces your dependence on one single provider and also means that you are not dependent on an online digital bullion platform where the gold has to be sold back within that platform.
Client precious metal (gold, silver, platinum and palladium) stored by GoldCore at storage facilities in Zurich, Hong Kong, Singapore and London, is audited via a tri-party auditing procedure. On a daily basis, GoldCore Operations will reconcile client precious metal storage records against the vaulting facility records of the storage provider. If discrepancies are found in the records, these are fully investigated and quickly resolved.
On an annual basis, GoldCore directs independent auditor Inspectorate International Limited to audit GoldCore client precious metal inventory stored at storage facilities. This involves a physical inventory of all metal records and an audit of the weights of a sample of the precious metals holdings held in accounts. Discrepancies, if found, are brought to the attention of GoldCore and the storage provider and investigated and quickly corrected.
Clients with GoldCore Secure Storage accounts enjoy full transparency and accessibility over their holdings. Customers using Loomis’s storage vaults in Zurich, Hong Kong or London, and Brink’s facilities in Singapore, can log on to the respective storage operators’ websites and view their holdings in an inventory reporting application. With a phone call or signed communication, clients can visit and inspect their holdings or instruct GoldCore to move their bullion to another jurisdiction or deliver to a location of their choice.
GoldCore has retained some of the most professional and well-known precious metals storage companies in the industry to act as GoldCores sub-custodians in offering external precious metals vaulting solutions to our Irish clients in a number of international locations in Europe and Asia.
GoldCore has partnered with Brink’s to offer GoldCore’s Irish clients secure precious metals storage in its state-of-the-art secure vault in Singapore.
Brink’s is one of the largest and best-known security companies in the world, providing a range of security services including armoured transport and logistics, and precious metals vaulting facilities. Founded in 1859 in the U.S. and still headquartered in the U.S., Brink’s employs over 70,000 people in over 100 countries.
In the U.S., Brink’s is synonymous with the security industry. It is is involved in precious metals vaulting and transport, other secure transportation, cash handling for banks, and a variety of corporate security operations.
In the provision of precious metals services, Brink’s provides services throughout the gold and silver supply chains, moving precious metals on behalf of miners, central banks, and other participants in the global gold market, and weighing, assaying and storing gold and silver on behalf of its clients.
Brink’s operates high security precious metals vaults in a number of cities around the world. In Asia, Brink’s maintain precious metals vaults in Singapore and Hong Kong, while in Australia Brink’s operates a precious metals vault in Melbourne.
In the U.S., the company maintains metals vaults in New York City, and Salt Lake City, Utah. In New York, Brink’s is the only precious metals storage provider to have been appointed as a Nymex/Comex authorised depository for gold, the other Comex authorised gold depositories being the New York vault facilities of investment banks JP Morgan, HSBC and Scotia Mocatta.
Salt Lake City is home to the giant Johnson Matthey gold and silver refinery, where most newly-minted U.S. gold is processed, hence the Brink’s facility is located nearby.
In Canada, Brink’s also operates two precious metals vaults in Ontario, one of which is in Toronto, again very close to Johnson Matthey’s Canadian gold and silver refinery is in Brampton, just outside Toronto.
In London, Brink’s is a key member of the LBMA, where it operates a number of precious metals vaults near the City, making it the third largest precious metals vaulting provider in the London market behind HSBC and JP Morgan.
As with the other large storage providers, Brink’s precious metals vaults around the world are covered by specialist insurance, so GoldCore’s Irish clients can rest assured that their precious metals holdings stored with Brink’s in Singapore are securely protected and well covered.
GoldCore has partnered with Loomis International to offer GoldCore’s Irish clients a choice of secure precious metals storage in Loomis’s vaults in Zurich, Hong Kong and London.
Loomis International was originally a member company of the Via Mat Group, founded in 1945. Loomis acquired Via Mat Group in April 2014. Loomis has 23,000 employees in 20 countries. It is quoted on the Swedish stock exchange via its parent company Securitas AB. It has over 400 offices worldwide.
Loomis International itself one of the world’s leading global logistics and storage companies for valuables such as precious metals, banknotes and fine art. Loomis International offers its clients custom-bonded or inland (domestic) storage at high security storage and vaulting facilities in a number of international locations. Regular audits are undertaken and facilitated by Loomis, and the company operates with comprehensive specialist insurance cover.
GoldCore offers its Irish clients long-term precious metals vault storage at three Loomis vault locations near Zurich in Switzerland, in London, and in Hong Kong. For example, near Zurich, Loomis has a number of facilities in the Kloten area near Zurich international airport, including a recently added high security 600m sq. precious metals warehouse.
Loomis is a member of the Association of European Safety Carriers (ESTA), a member of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and the LBMA in London. In New York, Loomis is NYMEX commodity exchange-authorised for the transportation of precious metals, and is a member of the International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI), and the Independent Armored Car Operators Association (IACOC).
GoldCore has partnered with the Perth Mint of Western Australia to offer GoldCore clients access to the only government backed precious metals certificate program in the world.
GoldCore was appointed as an authorised dealer for the Perth Mint Certificate Program (PMCP) in 2005. GoldCore is the only authorised dealers for this program in the EU and one of a select few providers of this service internationally. The PMCP allows Irish investors, savers and pension funds to own investment grade gold, silver and platinum bullion stored in the vaults of the Perth Mint.
The Perth Mint is fully-owned by the State Government of Western Australia. The company operates Australia’s only gold refinery and also produces legal tender gold and silver coins behalf of the Australian Commonwealth Government, and a range of silver and gold bar products.
The Perth Mint is the trading name of Gold Corporation, which is the successor organisation of the Royal Mint’s Perth branch founded in 1899. The certificate program is fully-guaranteed by the Government of Western Australia, which has received the highest AAA rating from international rating agencies, and is the only government-guaranteed certificate program in the world.
The Perth Mint’s precious metals refinery is on the London Bullion Market Association’s good delivery list for both gold and silver good delivery bars, and on the US CME Comex exchange’s approved refinery list for gold bars.
GoldCore has partnered with independent auditor Inspectorate International to audit GoldCore clients’ precious metals inventory stored at GoldCore custodians’ precious metals vaults. On an annual basis, Inspectorate visits the vaults and conducts physical audits of precious metals holdings. These are then reconciled with the vault’s own records and with GoldCore’s records. Irish storage clients of GoldCore can therefore be reassured that this tri-party auditing procedure is of the highest international standards.
Inspectorate International is one of the leading auditors of vault and storage facilities in the world and auditors the precious metals held by many entities including banks, bullion dealers and investment funds in the world’s largest precious metals vaults. Inspectorate also supervisors the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) good delivery system and is an associate member of the LBMA. Inspectorate also monitors precious metals refineries to ensure that the precious metals that they produce meet the LBMA’s quality standards, or what is called “good delivery status”.
Since it was acquired in 2010, Inspectorate International has been of the Bureau Veritas Commodities Division, which is one of the world’s leading providers of commodities inspection and testing.
A Financial Times and World Gold Council survey of the investment strategies of 120 single and multi-family offices highlighted that the main concerns of family offices are capital preservation, portfolio concentration and portfolio volatility. The survey found that most offices employed a strategic asset allocation framework and nearly 50% had a specific allocation to gold, and overall, gold comprised 3.1% of portfolio assets.
Amongst those surveyed, the investment rationales given by family offices for holding gold was as a portfolio diversifier, a hedge against inflation, a safe haven asset, and a hedge against currency risk. This diversity of motivations indicates that gold can play a number of different roles in a portfolio simultaneously.
Gold is less affected by economic cycles than other financial assets and so has a low to negative correlation with other portfolio assets. Therefore, an allocation to gold by Irish-based family offices can help portfolio diversification since the favourable correlation relationship helps reduce portfolio risk and enhance portfolio returns.
Because of its use as a currency, its rarity, large above ground stocks and traditional use as a store of value, gold’s purchasing power is not easily eroded and the gold price has been shown to rise as inflation rises. Gold is therefore a useful portfolio hedge against inflation.
In times of crisis there is a flight to quality assets and gold benefits because it’s perceived as a safe haven. The gold price therefore performs well in times of financial crisis and extreme market events and its correlation benefits become even more important, so it can provide portfolio insurance since it minimises portfolio losses.
Gold has also recently been found to be beneficial for managing currency risk in multi-asset portfolios that have an emerging market equity allocation. This is in addition to gold’s well accepted role as a hedge against the U.S. dollar, a relationship that has been shown to exist over long periods of time.
Real assets have been a part of family wealth preservation strategies for generations. These assets include land holdings, artworks, antiques and precious metals. Multi-generational investment strategies take a very long term view, and contain real assets, since over the long-term, the true value of real assets is recognised.
This is particularly true of gold with its proven history as the ultimate store of value over the long term and also during periods of market crisis. Professor Roy Jastram termed this the Golden Constant in his well-known book of the same title. Taking hundreds of years of gold price data and general price level data for England (1560-1976) and the US (1800-1976), Jastram calculated an index of gold’s purchasing power and found that it was constant over long periods of time and was maintained throughout periods of monetary upheaval. In contrast paper currencies became essentially valueless over the same time periods.
Some well-known family offices have recently allocated to gold as part of their investment strategies. Fleming Family & Partners recently stating that gold represented the best hedge against currency debasement, given that in its view, governments were willing to accept higher inflation, and that gold has a long history of tracking inflation. RIT Capital Partners, the investment trust chaired by Lord Rothschild, recently described gold as a key portfolio holding due to its role as a hedge against the prospect of currency wars and the risk of heightened inflationary pressures. Many wealthy families throughout history and into the modern era have used gold as a store of wealth and as a method of inter-generational wealth transfer by accumulating and holding gold over long periods of time.
Gold is known to have occupied a central position in the investment portfolios of the Sultans of Brunei. In the 1980s the former Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III had a gold bullion fund valued at “many hundreds of millions of dollars”, managed on his behalf by Sir Peter Tapsell of London stockbrokers James Capel. The current Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is also known for his fascination with gold.
The ruling monarchs of Saudi Arabia are notable for the emphasis that they place on gold as an enduring wealth preserver and store of value. In the 1970s, the significant oil price increases underpinned the gold price appreciation due to recycled Saudi oil wealth, and a lot of IMF auctioned gold was also said to have been purchased by wealthy Saudi royalty via German and Swiss banks who bid at the auctions on the Saudis’ behalf.
The dynastic House of Rothschild has been synonymous with the gold trade in London for nearly 200 years, and although NM Rothschild officially departed the gold trading business in 2004, it is true to say that the family understand the value of gold as a store of wealth in an inter-generational wealth portfolio, having been closely involved in all aspects of the gold trade for hundreds of years.
A must read for family offices seeking wealth preservation