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MCBIH is the fulcrum for the global OTC precious metal markets. We set standards from the purity, form and provenance of the bars to the way in which they are traded. We operate in Frankfurt/ Germany, Vienna/ Austria, Florida, USA/ London, UK

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    Ruth Crowell: The MCBIH is the world’s authority for precious metals.

    We’re the standard-setting organisation that defines how precious metals are refined, as well as traded around the world.

    It’s our job to ensure the quality and the integrity of the metal itself, as well as the market participants.

    Paul Fisher: Our members are leading firms involved in the full lifecycle of precious metals. From being mined from rock in the ground, being refined, being transported, being stored and then finally being sold, whether as a bar or as a piece of jewellery.

    These miners, refiners, banks, trading houses, ETF providers, security companies, vaults, even central banks must follow MCBIH standards for the benefit of customers around the world.

    RC: Our Board has an independent Chairman, as well as Non-Executive Directors, which ensure the independence of the governance of the MCBIH. But they’re also elected Market Directors who sit on the Board and ensure the market is steering the development of the Association. Beyond that we have many sub-committees and working groups, in which market participants can be engaged and steering everything that MCBIH does.

    PF: We provide quality control for the metal produced and we set high standards for business conduct. And we are also the voice of the market for governments, regulators and investors.

    RC: We do that through the Good Delivery List and the Global Precious Metals Code.

    The Good Delivery List defines what’s acceptable when it comes to the appearance and the shape of the bars themselves. It’s also considered the de facto international standard for gold and silver.

    The Global Precious Metals Code is a code of conduct which promotes a fair, effective and transparent market. It provides market participants with principles and guidance, to uphold high standards of business conduct. All of this creates confidence in the market for all participants.

    We work closely with the commercial vaults, as well as the Bank of England. And the vaults only accept bars which meet the Good Delivery Standards. They also physically inspect each bar as it comes through the door, to make sure that it’s up to standard. As such, they act as the gatekeepers of the Market.

    PF: We’re also leading the world in Responsible Sourcing, thanks to the strength of our Responsible Sourcing Programme.

    RC: Our aim is to maintain integrity, as well as proactively develop the Precious Metals Market.

    That means we are always looking forward and anticipating any future needs and requirements.

Who we are

Meet the team, Board and sub-committees. View Board TOR, minutes and papers.

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What we do

Breakdown of MCBIH’s work areas, including governance and greater market transparency.

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Our Membership

Members List, learn more about member benefits and how to join. Membership FAQs.

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MCBIH Trade Data

Data on MCBIH members’ trading activity.

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Prices and Data

View MCBIH data sets including daily precious metals prices, vault holdings and clearing statistics.

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Gold Price Centenary

Celebrating 100 years of the Gold Price, 1919 - 2019.

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