Deutsche Börse has informed that the gold holdings of the exchange-traded bearer bond Xetra-Gold (ISIN: DE000A0S9GB0) increased with seven more tonnes in 2018 to 181.47 tonnes. The end of 2017 marked a new all-time high with 175.04 tonnes. At the beginning of 2018, 174.24 tonnes of gold were stored in the central vault for German securities in Frankfurt.
Steffen Orben, Managing Director of Deutsche Börse Commodities GmbH, the issuer of Xetra-Gold, commented on the news:
Particularly in the fourth quarter the demand for Xetra-Gold rose significantly. At the end of September, the rate of the precious metal turned around and the price of gold in euros has risen by more than ten percent since then.
The uncertainty on the markets remains unchanged for the time being, that is why we continue to expect lively interest in gold. In addition, more and more asset managers, family offices and retail investors are showing interest in gold as a separate asset class,” Orben continued.
The complete Deutsche Börse Commodities report reads as follows:
The assets under custody currently amount to 6.6 billion euros. Xetra-Gold is thus the leading physically backed gold security in Europe.
Xetra-Gold holdings always increase when investors buy Xetra-Gold shares via the stock market. Exactly one gram of gold is deposited in the central safe for each share certificate.
Of all commodities traded on the Xetra exchange, Xetra-Gold is the security with the highest order book volumes. In 2018 the turnover was around €2.66 billion, especially in December trading was extremely popular with a volume of €335 million.
Xetra-Gold investors are entitled to delivery of the securitised physical gold. Since the introduction of Xetra-Gold in 2007, investors have made use of it more than 1,000 times. To date, 4.95 tonnes of gold have been delivered.
In September 2015, the German Federal Fiscal Court announced that gains from the sale or redemption of Xetra-Gold after a minimum holding period of one year would not be subject to withholding tax. Thus, the purchase and redemption or selling of Xetra-Gold is to be assessed for tax purposes as a direct purchase and sale of physical gold – such as gold bars or gold coins.