FINANCE FORUM 3 - 2007
Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs): As Good as Gold?
with R. Mark Holberton, Managing Director, Investment Management Partners P/L
Date and Time: Monday 19 March, 2007, 12.30 - 2.00 pm (sandwich lunch provided)
Venue: Finsia offices, Level 12, 330 Collins Street, Melbourne.
The Melbourne Centre for Financial Studies has invited Mark Holberton, former Head of
Sales and Marketing for NAB Custodians and former Director of Gold Bullion Securities
Ltd to discuss the exchange traded funds (ETFs) and the extension of the gold bullion
securities concept to commodity funds.
The Gold Bullion Security (GBS) is an exchange traded security (share or note) of nominal
value which carries with it an entitlement to approximately 1/10th of one fine troy ounce of
gold bullion. For each GBS on issue there is a corresponding amount of gold held in trust.
When first introduced in 2003, GBS was a genuine innovation. Proponents of ETFs
highlight that they are accessible, liquid, cost effective, transparent, carry low premiums
and discounts and should carry low counter-party risk.
The concept of exchange traded securities has been applied to mutual funds and is now
being applied to commodity funds. Various studies have also highlighted that prices for
gold, precious metals and other commodities have low correlations with other asset price
movements and as such investing in commodity funds may provide portfolio
This is the third for 2007 in a topical series of "Finance Forums" which the Melbourne Centre
arranges with the objective of improving industry-academia contacts, identifying research projects
and opportunities for research partnerships. It is expected that those attending will be keen to
participate in discussion.
Please note that there is a limit on the number of attendees but there is no charge. If you are
interested in attending and participating, please indicate by an email to
email@example.com with the subject header of “Finance Forum – ETFs” by noon on
Thursday 15th March (If you subsequently discover you are unavailable to attend, please advise us so that we can
offer the place to others who are interested).
Melbourne Centre for Financial Studies
Level 12, 330 Collins Street,
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3000
W: +61 3 9613 0906 Fax: +61 3 9613 0900
The Melbourne Centre for Financial Studies is a partnership between public and private sectors, and between industry and
academe. The Centre was launched with seed funding from the Victorian Government. Members of the consortium are
Melbourne, Monash and RMIT Universities, and Finsia. They have joined together to enhance Melbourne’s national and
international reputation for excellence in financial practice, research and education. The Centre facilitates knowledge transfer
between, and builds research synergies between, industry and academe by undertaking finance research, providing consulting
services, and organizing research focused conferences, workshops, public lectures and other educational activities.