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The Dean Jan 28th 2011 4:18 am

More gold bar vending machines open up in Dubai
 
I know we discussed this a while back, but something has been bothering me...... the article states: "The price of the bars will fluctuate to represent the spot price of gold."

But the machine has to be stocked in advance, which means the gold has to be purchased first (obviously) - so if the market spot price then falls, will the operators of the machine be happy that they will be selling the gold at a loss?

http://en.news.maktoob.com/200900005...ai/Article.htm

Millhouse Jan 28th 2011 4:25 am

Re: More gold bar vending machines open up in Dubai
 

Originally Posted by The Dean (Post 9134590)
I know we discussed this a while back, but something has been bothering me...... the article states: "The price of the bars will fluctuate to represent the spot price of gold."

But the machine has to be stocked in advance, which means the gold has to be purchased first (obviously) - so if the market spot price then falls, will the operators of the machine be happy that they will be selling the gold at a loss?

http://en.news.maktoob.com/200900005...ai/Article.htm

maybe they hedge their position based on expected sales... just like mortgage provider pre-hedges fixed interest rates based on expected uptake.

More likely though they just haven't thought this through and have a graph with the gold price constantly rising and are assuming it will continue on that path forever.

lionheart Jan 28th 2011 5:24 am

Re: More gold bar vending machines open up in Dubai
 

Originally Posted by The Dean (Post 9134590)
I know we discussed this a while back, but something has been bothering me...... the article states: "The price of the bars will fluctuate to represent the spot price of gold."

But the machine has to be stocked in advance, which means the gold has to be purchased first (obviously) - so if the market spot price then falls, will the operators of the machine be happy that they will be selling the gold at a loss?

http://en.news.maktoob.com/200900005...ai/Article.htm

Also does Dhs540 for 2.5g seem a good investment? If I want to sell it on the London gold scrap market I would get only Dhs120 per gram.

lionheart Jan 28th 2011 5:28 am

Re: More gold bar vending machines open up in Dubai
 

Originally Posted by EmiratesMillhouse (Post 9134608)
maybe they hedge their position based on expected sales... just like mortgage provider pre-hedges fixed interest rates based on expected uptake.

More likely though they just haven't thought this through and have a graph with the gold price constantly rising and are assuming it will continue on that path forever.

It's fallen a little recently, having peaked at US$1,400 but fallen to US$1,330 or thereabouts, if my memory serves me right.

co durham boy Jan 28th 2011 10:20 am

Re: More gold bar vending machines open up in Dubai
 

Originally Posted by EmiratesMillhouse (Post 9134608)
maybe they hedge their position based on expected sales... just like mortgage provider pre-hedges fixed interest rates based on expected uptake.

More likely though they just haven't thought this through and have a graph with the gold price constantly rising and are assuming it will continue on that path forever.

Like real estate.......


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