LATEST NEWS : Singapore to launch gold contract as Asia eyes price alternatives

SINGAPORE, June 24 (Reuters) – Singapore is set to announce the launch of a gold futurescontract on Wednesday, two sources familiar with the matter said, joining a race in Asia to provide a viable alternative to the metal’s global benchmark which is under regulatory scrutiny.

The physically settled contract will trade on the Singapore Exchange. This and other planned contracts in Hong Kong and China could cut Asian reliance on gold’s spot price benchmark in London and futures bellwether in New York.

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