A vote in favour of boosting Switzerland’s gold holdings at a Nov. 30 referendum won’t necessarily lift bullion prices, Deutsche Bank said in a note, adding there was a “considerable” chance the motion would pass.
The Swiss National Bank could spread out its gold buying, take transactions off market, or use derivatives to cushion gold prices from the impact of a ‘yes’ vote, Deutsche said.
The “Save our Swiss gold” proposal, spearheaded by the right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP), would force the SNB to hold at least 20 percent of its assets in gold, make it repatriate gold held overseas and commit never to sell bullion.
A survey last month said the proposal had 44 percent support, short of the majority needed to pass into law. A poll this month showed support had waned.
Gold bulls have flagged the vote as a potential driver of higher prices, but Deutsche said gold, now 38 percent below its 2011 record high, would not necessarily benefit.
While the SNB would have to lift its gold holdings by 1,500 tonnes over five years, purchases would amount to 1.2 tonnes per day, Deutsche said, a “small fraction” of daily turnover.