JP Morgan Will Accept Gold as Type of Collateral
Source: The Wall Street Journal, Carolyn Cui and Rhiannon Hoyle (2/8/11)
"Gold is re-establishing its role as a monetary and financial asset."
"It's solidifying a trend that gold is re-establishing its role as a monetary and financial asset," said CPM Group Associate Research Director Carlos Sanchez.
JP Morgan said it is responding to demand from clients, many of which also store gold in the bank's vaults.
"Many clients are holding gold on their balance sheets as an inflation hedge and are looking to make these assets work for them as collateral," said JP Morgan Worldwide Securities Collateral-Management Executive John Rivett.
The company's decision Monday reignited debate among gold's fans and detractors. For decades, supporters have argued gold is a monetary asset and should be treated on an equal footing with cash. However, gold critics argued the market has been too volatile and too small for it to be considered a legitimate currency.
Recently, though, gold's status has been rising.
Exchanges in New York, Chicago and Europe recently agreed to accept gold as collateral for certain trades. And the WGC is gaining traction in its push for the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision accept gold as a Tier-1 asset for banks, along with government bonds and currencies.