London Bullion Market Association LBMA
The LBMA is the London-based trade association that represents the wholesale gold and silver bullion market in London. London is the focus of the international Over-the-Counter (OTC) market for gold and silver, with a client base that includes the majority of the central banks that hold gold, plus producers, refiners, fabricators and other traders throughout the world.
The LBMA was formally incorporated in 1987 in close consultation with the Bank of England.
The LBMA Good Delivery List is now widely recognized as representing the de facto standard for the quality of gold and silver bars, in large part thanks to the stringent criteria for assaying standards and bar quality that an applicant must satisfy in order to be listed. The assaying capabilities of refiners on the Good Delivery List are periodically checked under the LBMA’s Proactive Monitoring programme.
The ongoing work of the Association encompasses many areas, among them refining standards, trading documentation and the fostering of good trading practices. Some examples:
• In the refining industry, the LBMA Good Delivery List is widely recognized as representing the de facto standard for the quality of gold and silver bars, in large part thanks to the stringent criteria that an applicant must satisfy before being listed. In January 2004 the LBMA introduced proactive monitoring of refiners on the List, an important initiative which further enhances the reputation of the List and the refiners on it.
• In conjunction with the foreign exchange and money markets in London, the Association has developed the Non-Investment Products Code, which provides a code of conduct by which all Members and Associates are required to abide.
• The LBMA’s annual Precious Metals Conference is now the premier professional forum for the world’s bullion market.
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