Christian Kunth
Head Traditional Passive Products & ETFs

In times of market volatility and uncertainty, the demand of gold increases as investors view it as a secure asset class. Gold has a proven track record of value preservation and has historically been relied upon as a hedge against periods of high inflation and global recessions.

Increasingly investors are opening their eyes to the long-term risks of climate change and include the carbon footprint of financial products in their investment decisions. In response to this trend, MKS PAMP, one of the globally leading precious metal refineries, has developed in collaboration with UBS Asset Management a 12.5kg Large Gold Cast Bar. This is gold whose footprint has been measured and verified, a reduction plan validated and the remaining emissions offset through the purchase of high quality offsets.

This MKS PAMP Gold Cast Bar is certified by the Carbon Trust according to the PAS 2060 standard (BSI British Standards). Carbon Trust is a globally leading climate consultancy driven by the mission to accelerate the move to a decarbonised future. This ensures that the CO2 emissions generated across the product’s entire value chain have been independently measured as well as verified by the Carbon Trust, and committed to be reduced year after year. The outstanding emissions are then compensated across the financing of high impact environmental projects called carbon offsets. Further, the gold bar is produced in accordance with the LBMA responsible sourcing guidelines.

Gold is an attractive real asset adding diversification, to investors' portfolios which are primarily invested in equities and bonds, can help to mitigate financial downside risks and can have a positive impact on the carbon footprint of the portfolio by offsetting carbon emissions.

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