SEBA Bank makes it possible to digitally own physical gold

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SEBA Bank makes it possible to digitally own physical gold
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Digital assets banking platform, SEBA Bank, has launched a Gold Token, a regulated digital token for investment in and delivery of physical gold on-demand. 

SEBA Bank issues a token backed by what it describes as responsibly sourced gold, providing a cost-effective access to the precious metal, and sets a new standard in the stablecoin sector.

The SEBA Bank Gold Token is a landmark development in investment products, enabling investors for the first time to own a digital form of physical gold via a fully regulated, cost-effective, and future-proof solution. Unlike traditional gold derivative investment products, such as ETFs and OTC contracts, the gold token allows investors to redeem their physical gold on-demand at any time from partner refineries – avoiding costly transport and storage fees.

In addition to its physically redeemable store of value, the gold token can also be utilised as a stablecoin. As the stablecoin sector has rapidly grown to reach a market cap of over USD 130 billion, institutional investors are seeking trusted and regulated counterparties to provide services in the space. To address demand, the SEBA Bank Gold Token can be used as a fully compliant stablecoin in the digital asset markets, allowing trading, and acting as a store-of-value to shield investors from volatility across both traditional and crypto markets.

Guido Buehler, CEO at SEBA Bank, said: “Gold plays a major role in the capital markets. With a market cap of over USD 11 trillion, it offers investors a reliable hedge against inflation and a store of value irrespective of economic turbulence. 

“The gold standard was once the economic unit of account across the globe, forming the basis of our international monetary system. With the launch of our innovative Gold Token, we are building on this history to allow investors to own a fully regulated digital form of physical gold for the first time. 

“Physically redeemable direct from refineries on-demand at any time, our gold token removes the frictions of owning gold for investors and provides a cost-effective solution for owning the asset fit for purpose in the new economy.”

Developed in conjunction with Argor-Heraeus, a leading service provider in the precious metal industry, and aXedras, a blockchain-based precious metal platform, SEBA Bank’s Gold Token can boost the adoption of precious metals by providing a cost-effective, secure and straightforward solution for investing in gold.

Christoph Wild, CEO, Argor-Heraeus, said: “We are delighted to be part of this project that aims at providing investors with an innovative solution, bringing together the advantages of both digital and physical assets. 

“The possibility of backing digital tokens with physical, responsibly-sourced, gold undoubtedly represents a novel way for investors to access the precious metals sector. Innovation and responsibility are among Argor-Heraeus’ core values since the beginning of our activities and we think that this collaboration is a prime example.”

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