Market Functioning

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Trading on the Precious Metals Market

Domestic or foreign banks, currency offices, precious metals brokerage houses, precious metals producing and marketing companies, international companies with its fully-authorized branch in Turkey that obtained the membership certificate from the Under-Secretariat of Turkish Treasury and complied with the requirements set forth by the Borsa İstanbul A.Ş. Board of Directors, are authorized for trading on the exchange.

Only members of the Precious Metals Market of Borsa İstanbul A.Ş. are eligible to import unprocessed precious metals and obliged to submit the import to the Exchange vault within three business days after the arrival of precious metals to Turkey.

Conduct of  Trading

Members who want to buy or sell precious metal, submit their order to the system via the internet based platform named as Genium Inet Workstation (GIW) or FIX-API, especially for algotrade and high frequency trade.

Buying and selling orders are matched in the Electronic Exchange System automatically based on price and time priority. If a buying order that sent to the system has higher price from the best-selling price or equal to it, the selling order can be matched completely or partially.

If a selling order that sent to the system has lower price from the best buying price or equal to it, the buying order can be matched completely or partially.

The pending orders are broadcasted worldwide beyond the trading floor through information broadcast services.

Spot market (until 120 value date), Trade at Fixing market (delta trade based on LBMA A.M. price) and Single (Equilibrium) Price session types are open to trade.

Normal orders (with net settlement) and trade report (one to to gross settlement) are available.

Trading and Settlement Hours

Business Days Other Days
SINGLE PRICE Starts at 14:00
Collecting Orders : 10 minutes
Price Determination : 5 minutes after order collection
Ends at 14:15
There is no session during weekends, official holidays and half-days.
FIKSING Starts at 09:00.
Ends at official London Gold Price announcement time.
There is no session during weekends, official holidays, London Gold Price holidays and half-days.
SPOT INSTRUMENTS 08:00-16:00
Continous Trading
16:00-16:10
End of day operations (seesion closed)
16:10-23:45
Continous Trading
*There will be 15-minute break during Single Price Session.
There is no session during weekends and official holidays. On half-days seesion will be conducted between 08:00-13:00.
SETTLEMENT HOURS Latest time for monetary and physical delivery is 17:00. Early Delivery is possible between 09:00-15:45. There is no settlement during weekends, official holidays and half-days.

Trading Unit

Trading units (price units) in the market are

  • TRY/KG
  • USD/OZ
  • EUR/OZ

And TRY/GR for mini bars.

Monetary liabilities are paid based on currency of price unit. But fees are paid in TRY.

Orders

  • Orders can be «limit» type.
  • Priority loses when order updated
  • Day order or Good Till Cancel order can be given
  • Orders can be cancelled without limitation and free of charge
  • Orders can be given on behalf of portfolio, client or fund
  • Tailor Made instruments can be created automatically when entering an order (for large bars, nonstandard bars and ore)
  • Minimum quantity is 1, maximum quantity is 1000

Fixing order can be given only for standard gold. It’s executed over London am fixing prices and can only be in US Dollar. If “0” enter to the price section it means transaction will be executed at the fixing price and if  a ± US Dollar value enter to the price section it means transaction will be executed up or below over the fixing price. Fixing transaction is not included netting transaction.

Price Ticks

Metal Price Unit Price Tick
AU/PT/PD (USD/EUR)/ONS 5 cent
AU/PT/PD TRY/KG 50 kuruş
AG (USD/EUR)/ONS 1 Cent
AG TRY/KG 10 Kuruş

Price Limits

From Day To Day Lower Price Limit (%) Upper Price Limit (%)
0 1 1 1
2 3 5 5
4 9 10 10
10 39 20 20
40 999 40 40

During Single Price Session (14:00-14:15) price limits : lower limit: 0,5%, upper limit: 1%.

During Trade at Fixing Session (09:00-12:30) price limits (range) :  -/+ 20

Settlement

Clearing transactions are executed by the Precious Metals Market of the Exchange and Istanbul Settlement and Custody Bank (TakasBank). Obligations of precious metal and cash can be met without gathering parties of the transaction.
The buyer should deposit money equivalent of precious metal to the TakasBank. Then representatives of the member can receive their precious metal from the Exchange’s vault by submitting letter in written form. The seller should deliver precious metal to the Exchange vault.

Precious Metals Trading on the Market

Standard Precious Metals

Standard precious metals that have features below can be traded in the Precious Metals Market: 

a)   Standard Unprocessed Gold: Gold bullion and bar that their features set by the Under-Secretariat of the Turkish Treasury with minimum 995/1000 fineness.

b)   Standard Unprocessed Silver: Silver bullion and bar and granules that their features set by the Under-Secretariat of the Turkish Treasury with minimum 99.9 % fineness.

c)   Standard Unprocessed Platinum: Platinum bullion and bar that their features set by the Under-Secretariat of the Turkish Treasury with minimum 99.95 % fineness.

d)   Standard Unprocessed Palladium: Palladium bullion and bar that their features set by the Under-Secretariat of the Turkish Treasury with minimum 99.95 % fineness.

General Specifications of Precious Metals

a)   Precious metals that have the fineness seal of internationally accredited refineries or domestic refineries are traded at the Exchange. 

b)   It is compulsory that each bullion or bar which will be traded in the Exchange have the refinery emblem or seal, bullion serial number, weight and fineness. 

c)   Granule silvers which took place in the Refinery List published by the Exchange are traded in the Exchange as standard granule in case of being granule package, having the seal, fineness, weight and refinery name or emblem on the package.

Standard precious metals that have surface features below can be traded in the Precious Metals Market:

a)   Precious metal should have smooth surface, not have blisters, crusting and migration and sharp corners. They should easily be stored and moved.  

b)   Granule silver packages should be prepared against outside intervention, tamper and impact resistant. 

Types bar and bullion for standard precious metals trading are as follows:

Gold

a)   Mini Bar: 1 gr, 2,5 gr, 5 gr. 10 gr, 20 gr, 50 gr, 100 gr, 250 gr ve 500 gr

b)   Bullion: 1 kg

c)   Large Bar: Bullion over 1 kg.

Silver

a)   Mini Bar: 1 gr, 2,5 gr, 5 gr. 10 gr, 20 gr, 50 gr, 100 gr, 250 gr ve 500 gr

b)   Bullion: 1 kg

c)   Large Bar: Bullion over 1 kg.

d)   Granule: Packaged granules in various weights  

Platinum

a)   Mini Bar: 1 gr, 2,5 gr, 5 gr. 10 gr, 20 gr, 50 gr, 100 gr, 250 gr ve 500 gr

b)   Bullion: 1 kg

c)   Large Bar: Bullion over 1 kg.

Palladium

a)   Mini Bar: 1 gr, 2,5 gr, 5 gr. 10 gr, 20 gr, 50 gr, 100 gr, 250 gr ve 500 gr

b)   Bullion: 1 kg

c)   Large Bar: Bullion over 1 kg.

Non Standard Precious  Metals

Nonstandard precious metals that have features below can be traded in the Precious Metals Market: 

a)   Nonstandard unprocessed gold: Gold bullion, bar, dore bar, granule, powder or scrap with below 995/1000 fineness (except 995/1000)

b)   Nonstandard unprocessed silver: Silver bullion, bar, dore bar, granule, powder or scrap with below 99.9 % fineness (except 99.9 %)

c)   Nonstandard unprocessed platinum: Platinum bullion, bar, dore bar, granule, powder or scrap with below 99.95 % fineness (except 99.95 %)

d)   Nonstandard unprocessed palladium: Palladium bullion, bar, dore bar, granule, powder or scrap with below 99.95 % fineness (except 99.95 %)

Exchange members who deliver nonstandard precious metals to the Exchange are responsible for compliance with the fineness of precious metals with its certificate of assay.  

Members who want to trade in the Exchange should take into consideration the rules below that took place in the Decree Regarding the Amendment of the Decree numbered 32 Concerning Preservation of the Value of Turkish Currency which is published on the Official Gazette numbered 28115 and dated November 17, 2011.

Recycling houses and refineries should seal their company emblem, fineness and weight on precious metals which they produced.  

Members who want to trade in the Exchange with these nonstandard precious metals must get certificate of assay that is prepared by the Turkish Mint or assaying institutions approved by the Mint. Members should submit these certificates of assay to the Exchange.

Nonstandard precious metals that are imported by the members should be delivered to the Exchange with their customs declaration and precious metal information form that is set by the member and certificate of assay. In case of emergency, submitting of certificate of assay and customs declaration is sufficient. The Exchange Presidency is authorized to take every measure for that.

Domestically  Produced Precious Metal Ore Transactions

Domestically produced precious metal ore in the form of dore bar, granule and other shapes can be traded in the Exchange in two ways as below:

Domestically produced precious metal ore is refined by internationally accredited refineries or domestic refineries. After completing refining process it should be delivered to the Exchange Clearing Center in 7 business days and traded in the Precious Metals Market of the Exchange. 

Domestically produced precious metal ore can be traded separately in terms of precious metals type based on its certificate of assay that is issued by the Turkish Mint or assaying institutions approved by the Mint.

Specifications of domestically produced precious metal ore that is subject to transaction in the Exchange 

According to the article 13 of the Communiqué about Standards and Refiners of Precious Metal the principles are implemented as below:

Producer company ensures that domestically produced precious metal ore is suitable with the principles in Communiqué about Standards and Refiners of Precious Metal at most.

Members, who want to trade with these precious metal ore in the Exchange, should get certificate of assay from Turkish Mint or assaying institutions approved by the Mint.

The Turkish Mint or assaying institutions approved by the Mint issue a certificate of assay that describe features, fineness and weights of domestically produced precious metal ore.

Trading, Withdrawal and Custody Fees

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Precious Metals Market Membership Guide

For Precious Metals Market Membership Guide, please follow the link below.

Precious Metals Market Membership Guide