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CME Urged To Change Physical Gold Delivery Rules Amid Market "Breakdown"

•, by Tyler Durden

And, as we detailed yesterday, that decoupling has become extreme.

A surge in demand for physical gold - that results in precious metal vendors and exchanges becoming sold out in very short notices - has created shortages in some geographical locations that is stressing gold markets drastically.

Don't take our word for it. Even the venerable Financial Times reports that traders have reported and lamented a growing global shortage of gold bars, as the coronavirus outbreak both disrupts supply and stokes demand, "with one business comparing the frenzied buying of the yellow metal with the consumer rush for toilet roll."

Yesterday, Saxo Bank's head of commodity strategy, Ole Hansen, observed that a lockdown is occurring in two biggest gold hubs in the world, New York and London,  so many traders are working from home. "This has caused a breakdown in the marketplace", he said.

"There is no price discovery in the market right now," he said Tuesday morning.

"If you need to borrow gold in the OTC [over-the-counter] markets right now, you are going to pay a king's ransom."

And that 'broken' market is no more evident than in the decoupling between spot and futures markets.