India May Have a Spot Gold Exchange in 12 to 18 Months

  • World Gold Council says time opportune for structural reforms
  • India is said to be finalizing rules for trading by November

Gold bullion bars.

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

Banks and jewelers in India, the world’s biggest gold market after China, will probably be able to start trading bullion on a spot exchange within 12 to 18 months, according to the World Gold Council.

The council “is in the process of creating an industry committee,” of jewelry trade associations, dealers, miners, regulators, foreign and Indian banks and eventually some consumers, P.R. Somasundaram, managing director in India for the producer-funded group, said in a phone interview from Mumbai.

India is seeking to overhaul its fragmented industry, boost transparency and streamline bullion trading. A spot exchange would play a key role in transforming the market by ensuring standardization, better price discovery, bringing more unorganized players into the formal sector, and allowing easier access to supplies for consumers, the council said in a report Thursday.

“Given the broad push for greater transparency and appetite for reform, the time is opportune to introduce structural reforms,” the council said.

India is trying to finalize trading specifications for a spot gold exchange by November, according to people familiar with the matter this month. Gold currently only trades on futures exchanges in the country.

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