GBI, the leading provider of physical precious metals and other alternative assets to investors and the wealth management industry, today announced the addition of Diamond Standard commodities through the GBI Platform. Diamonds are a newly accessible $1.2 trillion dollar asset class, offered by Diamond Standard, under regulatory supervision.
GBI Advisors (GBIA), a unit of GBI, is the first online platform to enable investment advisors and managers to buy, sell and store physical diamond commodities on behalf of their clients. Alongside bars and coins of gold, silver, platinum, palladium – now Diamond Standard’s fungible diamond, Coins” and Bars, can be acquired and stored in insured vaults operated by Brinks and Malca Amit. Diamond Standard’s offering will also be added to Hard Assets Alliance, GBI’s robust direct-to-consumer business.
“We currently provide independent advisors with a platform that facilitates owning physical precious metals, and are excited to add a new asset class with Diamond Standard’s break-through diamond commodity,” said Steven Feldman, CEO of GBI. “Our customers already know that incorporating physical precious metals into their investment portfolios provides price appreciation, diversification, and tail risk protection. Diamond Standard’s coins and bars are a perfect complement to this value proposition.”
GBI has institutionalized the antiquated system of purchasing, vaulting, and owning physical precious metals. Through its proprietary technology and logistics platform, orders are placed for competitive bid by GBI’s network of dealers and refiners, ensuring that investors receive competitive and transparent pricing. These precious metals are allocated to the client’s name, with no credit or counterparty risk associated with precious metal ETFs.
“With respect to diamonds, the long-term case for physical ownership for investment has gained momentum,” continued Mr. Feldman. “That demand is likely to support price appreciation as we have seen in the gold, silver and most recently the uranium markets.”
Diamond Standard is the developer of the world’s only regulator-approved diamond commodity. With the recent launch of the Diamond Standard Spot Market, investors can trade the Diamond Standard Coins and Bars. Additionally, Diamond Standard recently announced a strategic Series A follow-on investment from Protagonist which will allow it to expand the market.
“Investors have discovered that diamonds are a newly accessible, uncorrelated asset that offers both downside protection, an inflation hedge, and upside outperformance. GBI’s widely-adopted precious metals platform enables us to offer our diamond commodity to a broader channel of private client investors,” said Cormac Kinney, Founder, and CEO at Diamond Standard.
“We are excited to establish a strategic partnership with the exceptional team at GBI and look forward to a collaborative relationship as we serve the growing demand for diversified investment exposure through the Diamond Commodity,” said Mark Lieberman, Head of Asset Management at Diamond Standard.
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