Micro Gold: Assessing the Use Case of DLT and Physical Gold

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31 August 2016


Celent has released a report titled Micro Gold: Assessing the Use Case of DLT and Physical Gold. The report was written by John Dwyer, senior analyst in Celent’s Securities & Investment practice.

In the recent report Beyond the Buzz, Celent considered integrating distributed ledger technology (DLT) into a number of different use cases, most of which are established within the banking and capital markets industries.

In Micro Gold we consider the impact of combining physical gold with DLT, which together have the potential to establish a new platform upon which a variety of financial services can emerge — including payments and wealth management.

Instantaneous transaction settlement, micropayments, cross-border remittances, and insulation from FX volatility present key benefits of Micro Gold to individuals, merchants, and institutions alike. Critically, this use case lacks any significant established players, has global relevance, and is demonstrating advanced rates of adoption.

“Micro Gold combines interoperability with legacy systems, in-built regulatory compliance, seamless user experience, and a developer API platform without the inertia of incumbency faced by other use cases. It is also demonstrating advanced rates of adoption such that Micro Gold is one of the leading use cases for DLT,” says Dwyer.