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- How to do it
- Open my account
- Fund my account
- View our bank details
- View our tariff
- Buy gold, silver and platinum
- Daily price
- Regular Gold Investment Plan
- Silver and platinum
- Claim my free bullion/money
- Trade my free bullion
- Validate my account
- Submit a document
- Reserve a specific bar
- Become a referrer
- Sell my gold, silver and platinum
- Withdraw funds
- Withdraw bullion
- Use the order panel
- Monitor my orders
- Cancelling my order
- Modify account settings
- Track spot prices
- Modify my limit price
- Set my limit duration
- See my trading history
- Prove my money is safe
- See the vault bar lists
- See client bank statement
- Switch to a different vault
- Understand my statement
- In case of death
- Close my account
- Contact BullionVault
- Make a complaint
- Whitelist our emails
Terms and Conditions
- BullionVault's legal identity
- Deemed acceptance and prevailing versions
- The purpose of our business relationship
- Security & privacy
- Special measures for your extra protection
- Care of your money
- Pooled Accounts
- Acceptable ways of making deposits
- Your deposit and your linked bank account
- Reversible international deposits
- Unidentifiable deposits
- Withdrawing your money
- How we treat small cash balances
- Unsettled charges
- Account suspension and closure
- Confidentiality, money laundering, and the linked bank account
- Care of your bullion
- Form and location
- Warranted bullion content
- Vault Operators
- Your bullion is held as a bailment
- Bailments in BullionVault
- Your right of individual bar ownership
- BullionVault's Storage Agreement(s) with the Vault Operator(s)
- Ownership records
- How we treat small bullion balances
- Your right to trade on local bullion markets
- Your general right of bullion withdrawal
- Deliveries to your verified address
- Your right of transfer to an alternate vault
- Procedures for bullion withdrawal from a vault
- Order validation
- Order matching
- Order removal
- Dealing Advice and Contract
- Commission or mark-up?
- Auto-Invest function
BullionVault is a trademarked service provided by "Galmarley Limited". Galmarley Limited is company number 4943684 registered in England and Wales.
In these Terms and Conditions references to BullionVault mean Galmarley Limited wherever the context requires a legal entity.
You become a new Customer of BullionVault by registering for an account online. In becoming a Customer you are deemed to accept that BullionVault's Terms and Conditions define the entire business relationship between BullionVault and you.
These are BullionVault’s Terms of Business as of 25th November 2012. Advice of these Terms of Business was posted on 24th October 2012.
By giving thirty days’ notice of modifications BullionVault may from time to time modify its Terms and Conditions. For modified Terms and Conditions to become effective they must be published on the BullionVault website and BullionVault must also send an advice to the email address provided as a contact point by you.
During a thirty day notice period you have the right to terminate the relationship under the previous Terms and Conditions. This can be effected by selling your bullion and withdrawing your money under the previous Terms and Conditions. If you do not terminate the relationship in this way you are deemed to accept the new Terms and Conditions.
New Customers opening accounts within the thirty day notice period accept the Terms and Conditions then in effect and accept that they will be bound by the new Terms and Conditions which come into effect at the end of the stated 30 day notice period.
You have chosen to become a BullionVault Customer in order to benefit from BullionVault's terms for trading in and storing gold, silver and platinum bullion. You expect to enjoy efficient and substantially automated service, and pay low levels of commission or mark-up and low levels of custody charges by comparison with alternate mechanisms for buying, holding and selling gold, silver and platinum bullion.
In order to deliver against your expectations BullionVault offers a service designed for high levels of automation across the internet and expects to earn a profit from the commissions or mark-ups and custody fees it charges.
To provide the service BullionVault needs to retain on its computers information about you and you permit BullionVault to do so.
BullionVault undertakes not to disclose data about you to third parties except (i) in order to set-up or administer your account (ii) to provide general BullionVault communications or (iii) where required by law.
Where supplied by your bank on your incoming payment you permit BullionVault to both record your banking details and to check them against identity documents you submit.
You undertake to identify yourself no later than 2 weeks after first funding your account, and according to the identity verification procedures required by BullionVault. You authorize BullionVault to make such enquiries as it may feel necessary to satisfy itself about the validity of your identity.
You undertake to provide a minimum of one accepted form of photographic identity.
You understand and accept that where an ownership interest is shared you may be required to provide additional photographic identities of the sharing owners, and/or institutional documentation – for example copies of trust deeds, or incorporation documents.
You undertake to provide clear evidence of the single bank account from which your BullionVault deposits originate and to which your money will be returned. This evidence, which will usually be visible on the top page of your bank statement, will detail:
- Your bank's country
- Your bank's name
- Its branch name or address
- Its branch identifying code (e.g. transit, sorting or routing code)
- Your bank account name
- Your bank account number
...and for accounts outside of the USA and UK:
- Your bank's SWIFT BIC (Bank Identifier Code)
- Your IBAN (International Bank Account Number)
You accept that your documents should be written in English, or any other language that BullionVault actively supports. Where this is not so you undertake to provide certified translations along with your documents, at your expense.
By comparing the details you submit with the details submitted by your bank on your funds transfer to BullionVault, we will set your linked bank account, and email you that we have done so. You are responsible for checking the details, and notifying BullionVault immediately if the details are incorrect.
BullionVault will always present to you the current details of your linked bank account at the time you request a funds withdrawal, which you will do via a logged-in session on the BullionVault website. When you accept those bank account details you agree that you are requiring BullionVault to remit the funds you withdraw to your linked bank account. BullionVault will not be responsible for any loss where you have accepted the banking details presented to you and they have turned out to be incorrect.
Ordinarily your BullionVault account will be permanently associated with your linked bank account. However your link may be changed should your bank fail, or for other reasons.
Your formal request to change your linked bank account will be accepted only via a logged-in session on the BullionVault website.
Where you seek a change to your linked bank account you accept that your new bankers, or an alternative and qualified professional, who can be contacted by BullionVault, will be required by BullionVault to endorse the continuity of your identity by agreeing to send us a standard letter, the text of which we will provide you with – on request – when you contact us.
Where you request a change to your linked bank account, you accept that the new bank account must be held in exactly the same name(s) as the old bank account.
Where you change your name you will re-validate your old linked bank account on your new name. You accept that BullionVault cannot accept a simultaneous change of name and a change of bank account number.
BullionVault undertakes to acknowledge a change to your linked bank account, via email, to your registered email address.
Where BullionVault operates according to these above procedures you accept that it has applied an appropriate degree of diligence and care with regard to such changes. A failure by BullionVault to operate according to these above procedures controlling changes in your linked bank account, and resulting in subsequent loss to you, is the financial responsibility of BullionVault, subject to the provisions of these Terms and Conditions.
You accept that BullionVault is entitled to charge you an administration cost for changing your linked bank account, according to its published Tariff.
Where these procedures cannot for any reason be met but where, for whatever reason, your original linked bank account cannot be used for the return of your money from BullionVault, then BullionVault is entitled to use an appropriate process and/or seek appropriate insurance cover against identity fraud, all at your expense. Under these circumstances BullionVault is also entitled to charge you on a time and materials basis according to the published Tariff.
You understand and accept that BullionVault will ordinarily refuse to pay monies requested for withdrawal from an un-validated account.
You understand and accept that a persistent failure by you to validate your account, after having received reminders, may incur the penalty charges described in the Tariff.
BullionVault acknowledges that no such penalty charge will be applied where it is clear you are making a genuine effort to validate your account, but are being prevented from doing so by circumstances beyond your reasonable control.
You understand and accept that were you to fail to validate your account in suspicious circumstances then BullionVault would be legally obliged to notify anti-money-laundering authorities, without notifying you.
You hereby indemnify and keep indemnified BullionVault against any and all losses and costs which arise out of your failure to identify yourself and validate your account promptly.
BullionVault maintains contact details for you at an email address and optionally at
- a mobile telephone
- a home telephone
- a home address
You accept a duty to keep your contact details held by BullionVault up to date and accurate, which you can do via the website. BullionVault is entitled to rely on the accuracy of the contact details supplied.
BullionVault accepts an obligation to notify changes to your contact details to your contact email address, and a further obligation to notify changes to your contact email address itself to both your old and new contact email addresses.
You accept that your failure to maintain your contact details correctly may negate some of the protections you seek in BullionVault. You hereby indemnify and keep indemnified BullionVault against losses which arise out of your failure to maintain your contact details correctly.
In the interest of transparency and good marketplace practice certain information is made freely available to users:
- You may post limit Orders on the BullionVault website and the best prices available combine to define the current trading prices of bullion on BullionVault. The best prices, and their associated Order sizes, are published on the site. In this way your Orders ordinarily become visible to other users of the system, but not in a way which is attributable to you.
- A transaction ticker reports on the BullionVault website the prices and sizes of trades which have been executed. In this way your transactions ordinarily become visible to other users of the system, but not in a way which is attributable to you.
- Vault Bar Lists are produced by the vault manager and reconciled to the holdings of entitled BullionVault holders of bullion at that vault. The reconciliation is published, but only identifies you by a nickname, which is a private and unique label typically only recognized by you.
- Bank statements of segregated accounts are treated in the same way. Together these reconciliations enable you to see that your property is an identified part of a reconciled pool of all users' property, held at arm’s length from BullionVault. In this way your cash and bullion balances ordinarily become visible to other users of the system, but not in a way which is attributable to you.
- BullionVault may report your activity to duly authorized government agencies with a formal right either to monitor bullion trading activity or investigate activity which arouses suspicion of money laundering.
Your personal and financial data held at BullionVault are protected from unauthorized access by a password and other access data which you have a duty to keep secret.
You accept that in order to provide reliable customer access BullionVault must have a robust procedure for re-issuing forgotten passwords. You accept the details of this password reset process.
You accept that the re-issue of a password entitles BullionVault to suspend your right to immediate withdrawal for a period not exceeding six weeks.
Contact BullionVault through the following channels:
Galmarley Ltd T/A BullionVault
Landmark House (12th Floor)
London W6 9DP
Opening Hours: 9am to 8:30pm (UK), 4am to 3:30pm (EST), Mon to Fri
UK and International: +44 (0)208-6000-130
US and Canada toll-free: 1-888-908-2858
You accept that during a logged-in session on BullionVault all data which pass between you and BullionVault, in either direction, are passed across the internet using the https protocol, which incorporates a level of security widely accepted as offering extremely reliable privacy and accuracy in data transmission.
You accept that BullionVault will send off-line information to you by email, including – but not limited to – acknowledgements of changes to your key account settings, login notifications, order confirmations, execution advices, contracts, monthly statements, price alerts, and changes to Terms and Conditions. You may not unsubscribe from emails relating to your account and its administration. BullionVault may also send you general information regarding updates to its products and services. You may unsubscribe from these general updates by following the instructions included in such emails. The BullionVault system records all outward email transmissions.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a reliable email service provider that allows messages from BullionVault and properly displays them to you in a timely fashion.
BullionVault is entitled to rely on your receipt and acceptance of the content of an email if within 3 calendar days of the transmission no response from you has been received by BullionVault.
In the event that you communicate an issue with content of a BullionVault email after this date any resolution will be considered in the context of the delay, which you accept may have a bearing on the value of any resolution proposed either by BullionVault management, or through complaints arbitration.
You understand and accept that email is not encrypted and that it operates with a similar degree of privacy as physical post, in that a network engineer, like a postman, has the ability to see email and attachments if he chooses to open your mail. You accept and understand that easily comprehended open format feedback to a known and used address is appropriate for reporting your completed business to you, off-line, and after the event.
BullionVault may use voice or SMS on mobile phones as a means of contacting you rapidly.
BullionVault is entitled to rely on your receipt and acceptance of the content of SMS communications if within five minutes of the transmission no rejection of the information has been received by BullionVault. BullionVault is entitled to rely in this regard on the accuracy of its own transmission records when backed up by the independent confirmation of its telecommunications provider's records.
BullionVault is responsible for initiating SMS messages correctly according to the settings on your account, and ensuring that they are received by its SMS technology provider. But BullionVault is not responsible for losses you may incur as a result of an SMS message not being delivered in circumstances beyond BullionVault's direct control. This might occur if your mobile phone was switched off, or was operating in a zone or on a service technology which was not reachable via the SMS technology providers employed by BullionVault.
If your account diminishes in size below a level at which it is reasonable to communicate via SMS then BullionVault reserves the right to suspend SMS outputs.
BullionVault may send information to you by mail to your address on BullionVault records. BullionVault is entitled to rely on your receipt and acceptance of the content of posted communications if within 7 calendar days of the communication being sent no rejection of the information by you has been received by BullionVault.
If your account diminishes in size below a level at which it is reasonable to communicate via the mail then BullionVault reserves the right to suspend posted outputs.
You are entitled to rely on BullionVault sending you emails in confirmation of any changes to the contact details, Burglar Alarm and the linked bank account settings on your BullionVault account.
A failure by BullionVault in these obligations, and resulting in loss to you, is the financial responsibility of BullionVault, subject to the provisions of these Terms and Conditions.
BullionVault implements its Burglar Alarm alerting service through mobile phone technology.
Where enabled, and when the value on your account exceeds a certain threshold, BullionVault undertakes to initiate text messages to your listed mobile/cell phone, via SMS technology, at account log-in, at the point of order entry, when a withdrawal is requested or when a password reset is initiated, according to the settings on your BullionVault account.
BullionVault's duty is to raise the Burglar Alarm message appropriately and to maintain ongoing tests that validate that the outward routing of messages is occurring.
However BullionVault does not have the duty to ensure delivery to your mobile phone. You accept that it is not practicable for text messaging to be used with a 100% reliability, and you recognize that – as with household Burglar Alarms – there is a risk that the alarm fires, but is not heard by you.
Nevertheless you accept and acknowledge that the implementation of the Burglar Alarm system does act as a powerful disincentive to illicit access to your BullionVault account, as it empowers you to report to BullionVault such access even while it is occurring, thereby enabling BullionVault to investigate and seek the assistance of the authorities in detecting crime and arresting offenders.
You accept a duty to inform BullionVault in the event that the operation of the Burglar Alarm system suggests unauthorized access to your account.
When the Burglar Alarm fires you accept that BullionVault may debit your BullionVault account according to its published Tariff provided that the debit is approximately the cost of transmitting a single SMS message to your mobile phone device.
You accept that an unwillingness on your part to set the Burglar Alarm on your BullionVault account might diminish the level of compensation which – in the unlikely event of a loss – might be awarded to you from the BullionVault compensation fund or by any arbitrator independent of BullionVault.
A failure by BullionVault in these obligations, and resulting in loss to you, is the financial responsibility of BullionVault, subject to the provisions of these Terms and Conditions.
You accept the bank(s) BullionVault has selected to look after your cash balances held at BullionVault. The bank(s) are listed here and are referred to as ‘the bank’ for the rest of the document, with the particular bank being dependent on context.
You accept that in selecting the bank to look after your cash balance BullionVault has taken due care in ensuring that the bank charged with looking after your money is of adequate standing.
You also accept and acknowledge the possibility of subsequent downwards revision of the bank’s standing without considering them to be the responsibility of BullionVault.
BullionVault accepts a duty to place funds received from you directly into segregated client accounts maintained for multiple currencies at the bank for the express purpose of pooling un-invested BullionVault customer money.
BullionVault confirms that the bank has acknowledged and accepted in writing that the money on BullionVault's Client Accounts is held by BullionVault as trustee. The bank has further acknowledged and accepted that it is not entitled to combine these accounts, or to exercise any right of set off or counterclaim against money in this account in respect of any money owed to the bank on any other BullionVault account.
On your behalf BullionVault is permitted to manage your money on the segregated client account exclusively for the following purposes:-
- It may be used to buy physical bullion from another BullionVault account holder according to your order placed on the BullionVault website. In this case your money does not move from the bank account but the entitlement to it is transferred within BullionVault's records to the selling holder of vaulted bullion, while simultaneously the outright ownership of vaulted bullion is transferred to you.
- It may be used to pay withdrawals of your money back to you – but never beyond the extent to which you have available funds.
- It may be used to pay BullionVault in respect of service and other charges earned according to the prevailing Terms and Conditions.
- It may be used to buy physical bullion from the recognized bullion market on your behalf, where you have exercised your right to trade on a local bullion market.
- Subject to the segregation of client property being maintained it may be transferred between accounts held at the different banks.
BullionVault undertakes to maintain at all times within the segregated client account sufficient funds to pay back the gross credit balances of all BullionVault Customers, and to have that money available for return at short notice, if required.
BullionVault undertakes to operate robust internal controls such that payments of Customer money at withdrawal get authorized only when at least 2 senior officers of BullionVault have inspected and approved the payment instructions.
The client account statement from the bank shall be fully reconciled to BullionVault's own records every London banking day, and so far as is practicable the reconciliation shall be published on that day on the BullionVault website and shall be accessible via the DAILY AUDIT link on BullionVault's front page.
You acknowledge that the bank is entitled to act in good faith according to instructions given by BullionVault's officers.
You accept and acknowledge that interest is not payable to you on any uninvested cash balance held in your BullionVault account.
You agree to fund your BullionVault account from your linked bank account.
Your money deposits are acceptable only through recognized banking channels which may change from time to time according to the details on BullionVault's website.
Whether depositing through a physical paper transaction, or by electronic transfer, you understand that your bank will be expected to identify standard banking data on each incoming payment to BullionVault, including (i) your bank name (ii) your branch identifying code, (iii) your account name (iv) your bank account number and (v) your BullionVault user name (as the payment reference).
You accept that a failure by your bank to identify the source of your money may delay your BullionVault account being credited. Then BullionVault will place your money safely in suspense, pending your contact with us, at which time your advice of the correct remittance details will cause the money to be placed directly into your BullionVault account where it will be capable of being used to buy bullion immediately.
You accept that where you have provided us with necessary details independently of the actual bank transfer on which your money was received BullionVault is entitled to suspend your right to immediate withdrawal for a period not exceeding 60 days.
You agree that you will not merge funds belonging to different parties within a single BullionVault account.
You agree that you will not deposit in any way which obscures the source of your funds. For example, you will not deposit cash, bankers' drafts or make anonymous/unreferenced credits at a counter. All your deposits must come from a clearly identifiable source.
You accept that where BullionVault is not satisfied about the source of funds it may return the funds, where possible, via the procedures of the banking system, to the source. Whenever this occurs you accept that BullionVault is entitled to apply a fee according to the published Tariff for a return of deposits from a bank account which has not been validated as yours.
You accept that where deposit by debit card is offered, you must only make a card deposit using a debit card associated with your linked bank account. If you use a card that is not associated with your linked bank account or that is not a card permitted by BullionVault (as stated on the deposit page) then BullionVault is entitled to apply a fee according to the published Tariff and may return the funds to source.
Nevertheless BullionVault may exercise its discretion to allow the funds to be applied to your BullionVault account, provided it is our reasonable belief, supported by evidence you provide, that the deposit has come from you. BullionVault may also seek additional information concerning the deposit's source, which you agree to provide.
You hereby indemnify and keep indemnified BullionVault against any and all losses which arise out of your failure to fund your BullionVault account directly and identifiably from your linked bank account.
BullionVault recommends that wherever possible you deposit funds by wire.
Where you do not fund by wire (for example, where you deposit by check, by BillPay, or by e-check from the USA) you acknowledge that BullionVault may apply special security procedures before processing any subsequent withdrawal request.
Under some jurisdictions (e.g. in the USA) there is a right to repudiation by your bank of a fraudulent check debited to your bank account. Instead of accepting the loss itself your bank transmits the cost internationally, in this case to BullionVault, exercising a unilateral right to debit BullionVault's British bank accounts with funds previously paid to us by check, and duly cleared. This right does not apply to funds remitted to us by wire, because you and your bank are deemed sufficiently protected from fraud when using wire transfers.
Accordingly if you have deposited money in BullionVault by a method on which this repudiation right applies, and if you seek to withdraw within the period of possible repudiation (e.g. 60 days from the USA), then we will require formal notice from your bankers that your earlier deposit will not be repudiated. You will therefore be required to provide details to us of a named staff member at your bank who can provide this notice. Otherwise you accept that the repudiation delay will expire before you will be allowed to withdraw.
You accept that BullionVault is entitled to charge according to the published Tariff for contacting your bank in these circumstances.
Where we are unable to identify the BullionVault account to be credited, and it is not possible to return the funds to their source, client funds remaining in our suspense account for a period of 5 years or more may – at BullionVault's discretion – be accumulated and irrevocably contributed in a single payment to a recognized children's charity, on Customers' joint behalf.
Subject to your previous and correct verification of your identity, and to the irrevocable clearance of your deposited funds, you may make withdrawals of your available money balance to your linked bank account.
You undertake to re-check the details of your linked bank account presented to you as you make your withdrawal request during a logged-in session, and you undertake to confirm your withdrawal only if you are satisfied with the linked bank details presented to you. Provided that it is satisfied with the security of your withdrawal request BullionVault will remit funds to your linked bank account via SWIFT (international), CHAPS, BACS or other banking system generally considered appropriate to the payment.
BullionVault is entitled to subtract bank transfer costs from the sum to be remitted.
If your withdrawn funds are to be received outside the UK and your bank is not itself a SWIFT participant you accept that a correspondent bank – being a bank in your country which receives money via the international SWIFT transfer system, and which routes it to your bank – may deduct from the money sent a fee consistent with normal international banking practice.
You accept that BullionVault may need to perform additional security checks and there may be some delay prior to sending you your money. Any delay will depend both on the recent operation of your BullionVault account and on other circumstances of the withdrawal. Where your BullionVault account was promptly validated, and where your linked bank account has been long-standing and stable, you have the right to expect your money to leave BullionVault by the end of the business day following a request for payment received before midnight GMT.
Because of the cost of bank to bank transfers, BullionVault will not pay residual account balances of less than $100 or other currency equivalent.
Ordinarily sums below this threshold will be retained for account re-activation except that after an account has been empty of bullion and inactive for 2 years or more and remained beneath a currency equivalent balance of $20, this small balance may – at BullionVault's discretion – be accumulated and irrevocably contributed in a single payment to a recognized children's charity, on Customers' joint behalf. BullionVault may then close the account.
Where a small balance arises from a BullionVault promotion, and the account has neither been funded nor had the account holder's identity verified according to BullionVault's identity verification procedure, then after any period of inactivity exceeding 3 months the balance may be returned to BullionVault's own resources as an unclaimed promotion.
BullionVault reserves the right to claim back promotional balances where it reasonably believes the account has been set up to abuse the promotion.
If you retain a bullion balance but do not have a sufficient available money balance to settle your charges accrued, then BullionVault has the right to redeem its entitlement by a sale of your bullion but only to the extent needed, and to the nearest gram of bullion, as estimated at the point of order placement. Gold will usually be sold first, then silver, then platinum.
BullionVault accepts a duty to inform you by email a minimum of 7 days prior to selling your bullion for this reason. Provided you remit sufficient funds in the intervening period BullionVault will not sell any of your bullion.
If you withdraw an amount while you have unsettled charges, BullionVault is entitled to deduct from the amount withdrawn the amount of the outstanding charges.
Where unsettled charges exceed the value of holdings within an account then subject to providing you with 7 days' notice BullionVault has the right to sell any remaining bullion and close the account.
Where BullionVault reasonably believes your security or the security of BullionVault is at risk, it reserves the right to suspend or close any account without prior warning, but never to the extent that it would amount to an expropriation of your property.
BullionVault is designed to be a very secure home for legally acquired wealth. It is not a useful or secure resource for money launderers.
For reasons relating to both security and anti-money-laundering legislation BullionVault requires deposits to come from a single bank account, or, after prior approval by BullionVault when the account was first set up, from a second bank account listed under identical name(s) and address as the linked bank account.
For reasons relating both to security and anti-money-laundering legislation BullionVault enforces the exit of funds to the linked bank account.
There is no capability for transferring funds between accounts at BullionVault even where commonly owned.
BullionVault recognises your right to confidentiality where your identity has been validated. However where for whatever reason BullionVault becomes suspicious of an attempt at money laundering BullionVault actively assists the appropriate authorities in their efforts to detect it. BullionVault also keeps comprehensive records of cash and bullion dealing activity in order to assist the authorities in this regard.
You are entitled to expect that BullionVault takes assayed bullion bars as good delivery from recognized market professionals, and according to the practices which exist in the local market.
Bullion which you buy through BullionVault remains in the location which was selected by you on your order.
This bullion is held as weighed and numbered bars in a form generally acceptable in settlement of local bullion markets sales.
Gold bars constitute investment gold bullion (as defined by UK Customs and Excise 701/21) being not less than 99.5% purity and of a weight and manufacturer accepted by the bullion markets.
BullionVault accounting units of gold, in line with standard bullion-market practice, are expressed in fine gold content. The fine gold content of each bar is its weight multiplied by its purity. The resulting units of gold applied on your BullionVault account are 100% pure gold, and are denominated in kilograms and grams.
Silver bars are not less than 99.9% pure and of a weight and manufacturer accepted by the bullion markets.
BullionVault accounting units of silver, in line with standard bullion-market practice, are expressed in gross weight, not fine. They are denominated in kilograms and grams.
Platinum bars are not less than 99.95% pure and of a weight and manufacturer accepted by the bullion markets.
BullionVault accounting units of platinum, in line with standard bullion-market practice, are expressed in gross weight, not fine. They are denominated in kilograms and grams.
BullionVault warrants that:
- every gram of gold on your account is a gram of the 100% pure gold content (fine gold) of a 99.5% (or greater) assayed bullion bar held in the relevant vault;
- every gram of silver on your account is a gram of an assayed silver bullion bar which is a minimum 999 parts per thousand silver;
- every gram of platinum on your account is a gram of an assayed platinum bullion bar which is a minimum 9995 parts per ten thousand platinum.
Any breach of this warranty shall be remedied by BullionVault itself arranging a replacement through the procedures of the professional bullion markets, or, failing that, by replacing any shortfall, or substandard material out of its own funds.
A Vault Operator is a professional organization of the highest reputation which is in the business of managing the receipt, storage and re-delivery of bullion bars according to the practices of a local professional bullion market.
You accept the Vault Operator(s) engaged by BullionVault for each metal and storage location which are listed here.
Each Vault Operator has warranted to BullionVault that its status within the bullion industry permits bullion stored within its vaults to retain the high levels of integrity expected by the professional bullion market.
Your bullion is held in vaults controlled by each Vault Operator pursuant to a Storage Agreement [the "Storage Agreement"] executed between BullionVault and each Vault Operator.
In each Storage Agreement, the Vault Operator acknowledges that your bullion is the subject of a bailment.
BullionVault undertakes to pay fees to the Vault Operator on your behalf to cover the costs of storage and insurance of your bullion, and thereby evidence the bailment nature of the storage service provided by the Vault Operator.
BullionVault confirms that your bullion safekeeping is structured as a bailment for the purpose of arranging the strongest and simplest legal protection for your bullion within a professional bullion vault, and for no other reason.
You agree that when your purchase of bullion is transacted within the BullionVault system, the bullion purchased is to be delivered by the seller within the Vault Operator’s premises, so as to become a bailment of your property, according to your instructions submitted exclusively to BullionVault.
From that point forward the Vault Operator has agreed to act as physical custodian of your bullion until the bailment is terminated at your instruction, again submitted exclusively via BullionVault.
You agree that when your sale of bullion is transacted within the BullionVault system, the bullion sold is to be delivered to the buyer, within the Vault Operator’s premises, on your behalf, terminating your bailment to the extent sold, as per your instructions submitted exclusively to BullionVault.
You agree that the record keeping of the creation and termination of the bailment is to be performed by BullionVault according to these Terms and Conditions, while the bullion rests throughout with the Vault Operator.
You acknowledge that your ownership does not necessarily relate to a specific bar but to a specific quantity of bullion in a specific vault. BullionVault acknowledges that the bullion you own exists, is in the vault, is yours, and that being physical it is ultimately capable of being sub-divided into measurable amounts of material which you could take into your possession, subject to paying the physical withdrawal fee according to the Tariff.
BullionVault allows you to own specific whole bars of gold, silver or platinum outright.
When you have within one vault an available balance of gold, silver or platinum which matches or exceeds in fine gold, gross silver or gross platinum content the smallest unreserved gold, silver or platinum bar in that vault, then you may elect to have individual bar(s) reserved exclusively to you as your property.
You will undertake the reservation process online. When you do so the specific bar(s) you select becomes your property. Your ownership will be evidenced publicly on the Daily Audit, under your nickname.
The bar you own in this way will be eliminated from the pool of liquidity on BullionVault – meaning no-one, including you, can sell it while it is reserved.
You will be able to release this bar, which you will again be able to do online, and thereafter you will be able to sell it through the BullionVault system.
You accept the charges applied for individual bar ownership according to the published Tariff.
You authorize BullionVault to act as your agent for arranging custody of your bullion with the relevant Vault Operator. BullionVault confirms to you that in each "Storage Agreement" it is acknowledged by the Vault Operator that the bullion stored under the agreement is allocated and is the property of BullionVault Clients.
BullionVault confirms to you that in each "Storage Agreement" it is acknowledged by the Vault Operator that this allocated bullion shall be specifically identified, and physically segregated at all times.
BullionVault confirms to you that in each "Storage Agreement" the Vault Operator accepts responsibility for the bullion from the time of full custody and control of the consignment, through transportation and storage, until the custody and control has been relinquished by the Vault Operator to a third party, according to BullionVault's instructions for making a withdrawal.
BullionVault confirms to you that in each "Storage Agreement" the Vault Operator undertakes that prior to executing any authorized withdrawal of bullion from a vault, the Vault Operator will, independently of BullionVault, satisfy itself:
(i) that BullionVault has publicised the withdrawal on the BullionVault website; and
(ii) that the holder identified has a sufficient gold, silver or platinum balance according to the website's Daily Audit; and
(iii) that, for gold, the withdrawal does not cause more than both 25 kilograms and 5% of the gold in the vault to be withdrawn on any one day;
(iv) that, for silver, the withdrawal does not cause more than both 1 tonne and 5% of the silver in the vault to be withdrawn on any one day;
(v) that, for platinum, the withdrawal does not cause more than both 25 kilograms and 5% of the platinum in the vault to be withdrawn on any one day.
BullionVault confirms to you that a minimum of 12 months’ notice from a Vault Operator is required to terminate the "Storage Agreement". In the event that such notice has been received by BullionVault, and if no alternate storage solution has been put in place in the intervening period, then a minimum of 3 months prior to the termination of the storage service BullionVault undertakes to inform you of the situation, thereby allowing you such time as you may need to arrange an alternate mechanism for owning and storing your bullion.
BullionVault undertakes that your bullion will not be subject to any kind of lending, collateral, hypothecation, or derivative transaction of any type and will remain your property in the safekeeping the Vault Operator(s) until sold or withdrawn according to your instructions received via BullionVault.
BullionVault undertakes to ensure your bullion is insured against theft and damage according to the accepted insurance standards of the bullion industry, and at a cost which is included in the charge you pay to BullionVault in respect of custody of your bullion.
BullionVault confirms to you that in each "Storage Agreement" the Vault Operator undertakes to provide documentary Evidence of Insurance.
BullionVault undertakes to you to make available the Evidence of Insurance for each Vault Operator to be viewable on BullionVault's website by BullionVault Clients who have an interest in the insurance cover provided.
BullionVault maintains the master copy of ownership records. BullionVault agrees with you that in so far as they relate to you these records shall only be modified upon the execution of your valid instructions, made according to these Terms and Conditions.
On a daily basis, or as near to daily as reasonably practicable, BullionVault shall publish on its website reconciled and aliased customer-by-customer records of ownership of all the bullion in the vaults and all the money in the segregated client bank accounts.
BullionVault makes available an RSS link to your specific record in the DAILY AUDIT, allowing you to receive automatically to your preferred news reader software a formal statement of your bullion ownership and money balances every day.
BullionVault ensures that at least two widely separated data storage sites receive duplicates of the full BullionVault database.
Every day BullionVault sends an encrypted, electronic copy of all clients' identities, aliases and their balances both to its auditors and to a Vault Operator. Neither can interpret or use this data without the decryption key. The decryption key is held by BullionVault's lawyers, with a copy both in their London and New York offices. These lawyers are under instruction to release the decryption keys as follows:
- Only to BullionVault, unless it is no longer operating, in which case
- To our auditors, unless they are no longer operating, in which case
- To a liquidator unless one has not and will not be appointed, in which case
- To the Vault Operator itself.
Where a small bullion balance arises from a BullionVault promotion, and the account has neither been funded nor had the account holder's identity verified according to BullionVault's verification procedure, then after any period of inactivity exceeding 3 months the balance may be returned to BullionVault's own resources as an unclaimed promotion.
BullionVault reserves the right to claim back promotional balances where it is believed that the account has been set up to abuse the promotion. BullionVault reserves the right to stop a promotion at any time and without prior warning.
Where your cash balance or bullion holding enables you to settle either:
- one or more whole bars of gold; or
- one tonne or more of silver; or
- 16 or more whole kilograms of platinum
on the local bullion market, you have a right to trade gold directly on the local professional spot bullion market, but only via bullion dealers which BullionVault itself has a regular dealing relationship with.
The local good delivery unit for gold is usually a 400 troy oz bar (about 12.441 kg).
The local good delivery unit for silver is usually a 1,000 troy oz bar and they are processed on sealed pallets of usually 32 bars, being approximately one tonne.
The local good delivery unit for platinum is usually a 1-6 kilogram bar.
If you use this right you will pay BullionVault's normal commission or mark-up rates, and the Armoured Transportation fee according to our published Tariff.
Where you elect to take up this right BullionVault will act as your agent in the transaction.
To exercise this right you will need to contact BullionVault directly by telephone during London office hours and you will be provided with the prevailing details of the procedure.
You have a right of withdrawal of your gold, silver and platinum from BullionVault, but you acknowledge BullionVault is not designed primarily as a service for those who wish to take physical possession of bullion.
Your wish to withdraw gold will be accommodated only for quantities above 50 grams and in the form of whole numbers of appropriate gold bars of varying sizes and of generally accepted gold bullion coins to be selected at BullionVault's discretion.
Your wish to withdraw silver will be accommodated only in the form of whole numbers of 1,000 troy oz bars.
Your wish to withdraw platinum will be accommodated only for whole-kilogram quantities above 16 kilograms and in the form of whole numbers of platinum bars.
You understand and accept that BullionVault charges withdrawal fees according to its published Tariff, and that these vary according to the type of bullion you are withdrawing.
By using standard bullion products of its choice BullionVault undertakes to meet your withdrawal request to the nearest 10 grams, and to debit your BullionVault account to the nearest gram of the actual delivery made. It further undertakes that to the extent that rounding in whole grams favours either party, through the acquisition or disposal of partial grams of gold or silver, BullionVault will adjust the monetary balance on your account to within $2 of the value of the partial gram so acquired or disposed.
To make physical withdrawals you will be required to provide reliable forms of identification and address verification and may in addition be required to indemnify BullionVault against identity fraud through the purchase of appropriate insurance.
You understand that you cannot claim withdrawal directly from a Vault Operator. Your right to withdrawal is to be effected through BullionVault who have the means and responsibility for identifying you reliably. Depending upon the quantity withdrawn you may be required to identify a local bank or equivalent institution to which your bullion can be delivered.
Upon withdrawing bullion you accept that you may lose anonymity where these transactions are monitored by appropriate authorities.
Upon withdrawing bullion you accept that you may become liable to taxes which you would otherwise not become liable to, and you permit BullionVault to deduct those taxes where appropriate.
Where you have requested a BullionVault delivery to your address you accept that the acts or omissions of any person at that address are fairly deemed by BullionVault to be acts or omissions by you.
You accept an obligation to inspect your package prior to signing for receipt. You understand that government or customs agencies may have opened (and re-sealed) your package. If the package has been opened or visibly damaged by any other party then you will refuse to receive the package, and you will not sign for receipt.
BullionVault agrees with you that it is responsible for paying the courier’s ordinary charges out of the delivery fees charged to you upon your request to withdraw. But you acknowledge that you may still be liable for any customs, tax, delivery, release or other charges which may be applied as a result of action by any government agency in the course of making your delivery. Whether such charges are applied to you upon receipt, or by demand to BullionVault, you indemnify BullionVault against those charges.
You accept delays which may arise as a result of action of government agencies.
You accept an obligation to sign for receipt where a delivery appears to be in good order.
You acknowledge that a signature applied by a package recipient at your address evidences a receipt of a package in appropriate condition.
You agree that, excluding your rightful refusal to sign for receipt of the package, any returns to BullionVault for whatever reason shall be at your expense.
Where international law permits it you have a right of transfer of bullion within BullionVault from one vault location to another, but only in the form of entire and appropriate bars. Transfers of this kind are performed through accredited bullion couriers. Vault and courier charges are variable, are payable by you, and can be quoted at the time.
If it is not possible for transferred bars from one location to be accepted as good delivery in the alternate location of your choice there may be additional charges to cover either the selling of your bullion and its replacement with a locally acceptable form, or its refining and manufacture into a locally acceptable form.
Upon transferring bullion you accept that you may lose anonymity where these transactions are monitored by appropriate authorities.
Upon transferring bullion you accept that you may become liable to taxes which you would otherwise not become liable to, and you permit BullionVault to deduct those taxes appropriately.
You accept the charges as stated on the published Tariff.
BullionVault accepts responsibility for implementing security procedures which prevent the unauthorized removal of bullion from a vault.
Excepting only duly authorized shipments to another BullionVault storage location – such as might be requested by customers in response to an international crisis – BullionVault undertakes that on no single day shall any amount exceeding both 25 kilograms and 5% of the gold, 1 tonne and 5% of the silver, or 25 kilograms and 5% of the platinum vaulted at a BullionVault location be authorized for removal.
Where from time to time BullionVault needs to authorize removal of up to 25 kilograms or 5% (whichever is the larger) of gold from a given vault, for example to settle a main market sale, it accepts an obligation openly to declare the fact on the front page of its website at https://www.bullionvault.com and it shall link conspicuously to details explaining both the quantity of gold due to be removed and the published nickname of the user(s) whose gold is to be removed.
Where from time to time BullionVault needs to authorize removal of up to 1 tonne or 5% (whichever is the larger) of silver from a given vault, for example to settle a main market sale, it accepts an obligation openly to declare the fact on the front page of its website at https://www.bullionvault.com and it shall link conspicuously to details explaining both the quantity of silver due to be removed and the published nickname of the user(s) whose silver is to be removed.
Where from time to time BullionVault needs to authorize removal of up to 25 kilograms (whichever is the larger) of platinum from a given vault, for example to settle a main market sale, it accepts an obligation openly to declare the fact on the front page of its website at https://www.bullionvault.com and it shall link conspicuously to details explaining both the quantity of platinum due to be removed and the published nickname of the user(s) whose platinum is to be removed.
These public notices shall appear not later than the business day before removal is scheduled and shall remain visible to all visitors of the BullionVault website until the bullion has been delivered out of the vault.
The declaration is an obligation on BullionVault known to each Vault Operator and BullionVault confirms that each of the Vault Operators is contractually bound to check adherence to the publication of the withdrawal declaration when clearing bullion for withdrawal.
The withdrawing customer having been publicly identified by nickname BullionVault undertakes to ensure that this customer has sufficient bullion to cover the withdrawal – as publicly evidenced on the Daily Audit.
Checking that the customer has sufficient bullion is an obligation on BullionVault known to each Vault Operator and BullionVault confirms that each Vault Operator is also contractually bound independently to check that the nicknamed investor has sufficient bullion to cover the withdrawal, according to BullionVault's published Daily Audit.
You acknowledge your competence to trade having read and understood relevant aspects of the operation of the BullionVault system from the online help system accessed from https://www.bullionvault.com/help/index.do
You understand that you may enter orders to buy and sell bullion on the BullionVault Order Board, at quantities, prices and physical locations under your control, but only when having sufficient resources already at BullionVault to effect immediate settlement. You understand that you may enter orders to buy or sell at the London Prices, published daily on the London Bullion Market Association's website, at quantities or values under your control, but only when having sufficient resources already at BullionVault at the time the order is submitted.
You agree that your orders are to be submitted to BullionVault's servers by yourself via the internet.
BullionVault will ordinarily accept your orders to buy bullion in any vault offered for that metal, provided the purchase limit price is specified in a currency in which you have sufficient available funds to settle the entire purchase.
BullionVault will ordinarily accept your orders to sell bullion from a given vault for any currency offered, provided the quantity specified is currently stored and available on your behalf in the vault specified.
BullionVault accepts your orders within 10% above and below prices broadly consistent with current market prices.
If your order does not comply with the terms of the order type, or one or more of the above conditions are not met your order will be rejected.
Your Order Board orders on BullionVault are always limited as to price. Purchase limits place a maximum buying price on your purchase orders. Sale limits place a minimum selling price on your selling orders.
Your orders are also limited as to quantity of bullion (measured in kilograms).
On receipt of your order the BullionVault system automatically attempts to match the order with another customer's prior and opposing order denominated in the same currency and location, and subject to both customers' limits. The system will trade at the most attractive prices for your new order, achieving lowest possible price within the limit for purchases, and highest possible price above the limit for sales.
Any pre-existing order posted on the Order Board against which a new order is matched will achieve exactly its limit price.
To the extent that an order can be executed against pre-existing limit orders posted by other BullionVault users the order is executed immediately, and to as great an extent as possible (i.e. the smaller quantity of the two orders) before any other order received subsequently is processed. To the extent that it cannot be executed it may – at your request – be itself posted as a limit order on the BullionVault Order Board until it expires through age, cancellation or otherwise.
Your order ranks behind all valid limits past or future which offer a more attractive price. It ranks ahead of all valid orders past or future which offer a less attractive price. It ranks behind all valid orders at the same price, received by BullionVault before it, and ahead of all valid orders at the same price received by BullionVault after it.
Subject to the service being available BullionVault will permit you, through BullionVault, to place orders for London Prices, as published daily by the London Bullion Market Association, provided that your orders are received on the appropriate time schedule, and are limited as to the total value, or quantity of bullion, measured in kilograms. In both cases your orders will be accepted only to the extent that BullionVault controls sufficient of your resources to settle your order.
The particular London Prices, storage locations, and currencies available to you are subject to availability under BullionVault’s discretion.
You accept that your trade price will be determined by next appropriate London Price published by the London Bullion Market Association in US dollars, pounds sterling or euros.
You accept and understand that the London Prices cannot be known before the event. You acknowledge that in dealing at the London Price it is your intention that your trade executes at a price determined by a form of public auction which may result in either higher or lower prices than price indicators suggest are possible at the time you place your order.
You accept the time limits which BullionVault places for entering and/or withdrawing orders from the daily price.
You accept that you will not be able to place a limit price on your daily price order.
You accept any prevailing delay in settlement of bullion into the vault and understand that you will not be able to sell until physical bullion has settled into your account, which will ordinarily be by the end of the second business day following your order’s completion.
You have the right at any time to transmit a request to remove an unexecuted element of any open order you placed on the Order Board. Upon receipt BullionVault must respond by removing your order such that it will not match with any subsequently received order.
You understand and accept that where another user has entered an opposing and matchable order instruction, which arrived at BullionVault before your request for removal, then the match will occur, and to the extent that the match occurred your order will have matched and will not be capable of removal, although any remaining open element of the order will be removed.
BullionVault may at its discretion remove from the Order Board your unexecuted purchase and sale orders where they are both (i) older than one week and (ii) where they are limited at prices which for sales exceed 110% of the prevailing price of bullion, or which for purchases are less than 90% of the prevailing price of bullion.
Where BullionVault removes your orders from the Order Board it accepts an obligation to send an email to your registered email address.
Daily price trades
Until the published cut-off time appropriate to your order you have the right to transmit a request to remove an unexecuted order you placed with BullionVault, and thereafter BullionVault is obliged to prevent your order so cancelled from being executed.
BullionVault will acknowledge executed orders and parts thereof to you via email shortly after each execution occurs.
The completion of an order – either through deal executions or order cancellation when only part executed – will result in BullionVault sending you, via email, a formal contract after settlement in respect of the complete amounts traded as a result of the original order.
To satisfy HMRC's VAT regulations we do not charge commission on silver and platinum trades. Instead the monetary amount of any charges is added to your purchase price as a mark-up, or deducted from your sale price as a mark-down. The resulting net price is the basis of our contract, and no commission is charged. You are not disadvantaged by this re-classification of our fees. All silver and platinum trades are dealt on a matched principal basis.
Order Board Trades
You authorise BullionVault to accept your Order Board order as an instruction to settle immediately in the event that your order executes, whether in whole or in part. BullionVault accepts full responsibility for the ability of executed orders to settle. It stands as guarantor behind any purchase that the seller is able to deliver bullion to the purchaser in the quantity purchased. It stands as guarantor behind any sale that the purchaser is able to pay currency to the seller for the consideration of the sale.
Settlement of a BullionVault Order Board transaction happens instantaneously at the point of trade.
The inward delivery of bullion for a buying customer is always matched exactly with a simultaneous but opposite outward delivery of bullion for a selling customer. No material changes arise at the vault as a result of instantaneous settlement of your bullion trade.
Daily price trades
Settlement of a daily price order transaction usually happens after two working days. For a purchase the money required to settle your transaction plus expenses will be reserved in your trust account until settlement of the bullion occurs. For a sale, the bullion required to settle your transaction will be reserved in your custody account until settlement of the money net of expenses occurs.
The Settlement Due Date shall be defined by the prevailing conditions in the spot market, which ordinarily shall be on the second business day following the trade.
BullionVault may at its discretion settle your trades early.
BullionVault will ordinarily settle your trade on the Settlement Due Date or as soon thereafter as practicable.
Provided that it continues to hold your required resources segregated in your favour until such time as your deal may be capable of settlement, BullionVault may at its discretion and without penalty settle your trades late, up to a maximum of 5 working days after their Settlement Due Date. Where a delay past the Settlement Due Date restricts your ability to deal you have the right to ask for a priority settlement, and BullionVault undertakes to use its best endeavours to fulfil your request.
Where a delay extends past 5 business days you are entitled to compensation in respect of reasonable claims for loss of interest applying from that fifth day. You are not entitled to compensation arising from loss of interest during the first five days of delay, or for losses or lost profit opportunities arising from price movements while your trade remains unsettled.
Upon settlement a buyer receives and becomes the owner of bullion and a seller is credited with money held in trust, net of trading expenses. Similarly a buyer is debited with money previously held in trust, net of expenses, and a seller makes delivery of bullion.
The delivery of bullion in settlement is effected by book entry within the BullionVault system. Your resulting bullion custody balance represents outright ownership of bullion held at the relevant vault.
Where you buy or sell platinum, BullionVault Limited will act as principal. BullionVault has arranged for storage and insurance of your platinum on behalf of BullionVault Limited.
BullionVault instructs each Vault Operator in BullionVault's capacity as your agent.
The payment of money is effected by book entry within the BullionVault system. Your resulting BullionVault money balance represents your currency assets of segregated Client money held at the relevant bank in trust.
BullionVault instructs the bank in BullionVault's capacity as your agent.
BullionVault guarantees that the settlement of funds occurs simultaneously with the delivery of bullion.
Your overall balance is composed as the sum of your custody balance and your unsettled balance. An overall balance is maintained for each of the currencies and classes of Bullion you hold.
Your settled balance of Bullion is held for you in custody by the Vault Operator. Your settled balance of cash is held for you in trust by the bank.
Your unsettled balance is applied to your custody balance when your trade settles.
You can see your new custody bullion and trust money balances on the BullionVault system immediately after settlement occurs.
Each business day BullionVault undertakes, so far as is practicable, to publish online a full customer by customer reconciliation of bullion and money to the underlying currency statements from the bank, and bar lists from the vault, in both cases as at the close of business on the previous business day.
Where you elect to use BullionVault’s Auto Invest function you understand and accept that the general intention is for funds deposited, aggregated or held in your BullionVault account to be invested at the London Price published daily on the London Bullion Market Association's website on or near the date of their receipt.
BullionVault accepts an obligation to act according to your instructions and according to its timing schedule.
While your setting for Auto Invest is on you accept the policies and procedures with respect to funds appearing in your BullionVault account. In particular you accept that funds you plan to withdraw, having sold, you must withdraw promptly upon executing a sale. You indemnify BullionVault from any costs to you arising from the BullionVault system automatically re-investing available funds which arise from your recent sale and are left on your account while the Auto Invest function is enabled.
You acknowledge that BullionVault will never be deemed at fault by you where it invests your money in bullion, according to your standing instruction, before the end of the day following it being posted and cleared in your BullionVault account.
BullionVault will send you prompt advices and contracts arising out of its dealing activities undertaken at the London Prices on your behalf. You accept a duty to monitor these advices and contracts. You also accept responsibility for being aware of your Auto-Invest function settings, and anticipating BullionVault deal confirmations and contracts arriving in your email after you have sent us your money. Consequently in the event that BullionVault is at fault in failing within the specified time period to action your Auto Invest request, for any reason whatsoever, you accept that BullionVault’s liability to you is limited to any loss you may incur arising from a price differential between the London Price that you might reasonably have expected to achieve had BullionVault not failed to perform, and the next London Price published on the London Bullion Market Association website – whether or not you actually bought at that price.
BullionVault reserves the right to switch off Auto-Invest for your account at any point and provided that BullionVault has sent you an email advising of this action you indemnify BullionVault from any losses or lost profits arising as a result.
The following lists indicate such risks as BullionVault considers material. It does not constitute a statement of all possible risks.
Gold, silver and platinum price movements — You are exposed to the risk of potential loss arising from a falling bullion price during the time in which you own bullion. This risk is not a BullionVault responsibility.
Money politics — Governments and other agencies seeking currency stability, or for other reasons, might seek to constrain or tax the ownership of bullion to the disadvantage of its owners. BullionVault provides for multiple locations from which you may choose one or more. The actuality or fear of government action might affect the value of bullion stored in a given location. This risk is not a BullionVault responsibility.
Bank insolvency — Your cash balances at BullionVault are deposited in segregated accounts at a highly rated bank, but your money's safety is dependent on bank integrity. All banks are subject to possible failure. Depending on a number of factors in the event of bank failure you might be entitled to receive compensation from appropriate authorities, but the terms of such compensation are complex and the timescale for receiving compensation might be long. This risk is not a BullionVault responsibility. [Note that when your money is used to buy bullion your exposure to bank insolvency ceases.]
Identity theft — If your BullionVault account number and password are compromised, you are at risk of unauthorized access to your account. Such access will be alarmed within minutes by SMS messages if both your BullionVault Burglar Alarm is enabled and your account is of sufficient size. Any change of your account details would be acknowledged to you. Any withdrawal resulting from use of a compromised password would only be to your linked bank account. As a result the most serious risk arising from the theft of a password are (i) loss of privacy and (ii) the entering of mischief orders on BullionVault – which would execute at market prices and thereby potentially switch you between bullion and money – or vice versa – at prevailing values but not according to your wishes. An attempt to bleed your account of value in favour of another account would be reversed whenever advised in reasonable time, and would of course lead to detection and prosecution of any criminal activity without gain. In these ways BullionVault seeks to minimise the risks to you associated with identity theft but these are not a BullionVault responsibility unless the breach of security can be shown to have occurred because of BullionVault's error.
Liquidity risk — The risks associated with a lack of immediate liquidity are not a BullionVault responsibility.
System availability — BullionVault's computerized machinery, which is accessed by you across the internet, might become inaccessible for periods of time. This could prevent you from executing a transaction which you would otherwise have made. This risk is not a BullionVault responsibility.
Insurance exclusions — As your property your bullion is subject to insurance exclusions imposed by insurance underwriters in line with established insurance practice regarding the physical protection of your bullion. These excluded risks are presented on the evidence of insurance published on the BullionVault site and include events like nuclear war. These risks are not a BullionVault responsibility and are risks you undertake with respect to your bullion, except that no exclusion absolves BullionVault in undertaking its correct duties of care in arranging the security of your property to levels considered commercially acceptable.
Force Majeure — The risks described under Force Majeure are not BullionVault responsibilities.
BullionVault accepts it has duties of care with regard to aspects of risk to your property and undertakes to manage risks so as to contain them at minimal levels, consistent with best business practices.
Subject to the provisions for Exclusions and Limits of liability in these Terms and Conditions BullionVault accepts liability for failing in this duty.
Physical bullion theft — Your bullion could conceivably be stolen from a vault by determined thieves. It is the Vault Operator which accepts a duty to retain sufficient security measures, and to maintain cover against such an eventuality either in terms of its own resources or its insurance policies. BullionVault accepts a duty to regularly monitor the Vault Operator to ensure the maintenance of a limit sufficient to cover at least the value of the bullion stored.
Subject to the provisions for Exclusions and Limits of liability in these Terms and Conditions BullionVault accepts liability for failing in this duty.
Theft of Customer money — Money held in the segregated Client accounts could be illegally transmitted through the banking system by a determined thief, or thieves, operating within BullionVault.
Subject to the provisions for Exclusions and Limits of liability in these Terms and Conditions BullionVault accepts liability for failing in this regard.
BullionVault segregation management — A failure by BullionVault's system to prevent a customer from over-purchasing beyond his cash balance, or over-selling beyond his bullion balance would render a segregated account temporarily incapable of meeting its obligations to other customers. All BullionVault software is designed to eliminate this eventuality. Moreover BullionVault checks its accounts daily for such eventualities. The risk of material loss is extremely small, because any such over-trading would be substantially offset by a surplus in the opposite segregated account.
Subject to the provisions for Exclusions and Limits of liability in these Terms and Conditions BullionVault accepts liability for failing in this duty.
BullionVault record keeping — a risk in all business record keeping systems is that internal records may show a position which satisfies the organization's officers but does not represent the real world, and where the problems only come to light when it is too late. The risk rises with increasing complexity of transactions and the availability of credit, neither of which apply to BullionVault. For all businesses the record keeping risk is statutorily addressed by annual audit. In addition BullionVault controls its record set by voluntarily submitting its daily reconciliations of Customer property to public inspection on the web.
BullionVault insolvency — As of October 2012 BullionVault maintains sufficient shareholders' funds to pay for all its planned operations for a period of 4 years, even in the absence of all operating revenue. This makes it an exceptionally strong business in financial terms.
However unforeseen events could conceivably damage that financial strength, rendering BullionVault insolvent.
The insolvency of BullionVault would not affect your property rights with regard to money or bullion in a BullionVault account, but it would be likely to create some inconvenience and delay for you in taking hold of that property.
Disastrous data loss — BullionVault's system contains data in electronic form which could conceivably be lost in a widespread and catastrophic machinery failure. BullionVault operates a redundant machinery policy which means that every component of its data storing capability is protected by both local and remote data duplication. The likelihood of a simultaneous loss of all data copies is extremely low. However, in addition to this the system sends an encrypted copy of full ownership records to remote data vaults identified to BullionVault’s auditors and Vault Operators, ensuring that data loss is a temporary inconvenience, not a disaster. Moreover you can save the published reconciliation of your property on your own computer, thereby duplicating that part of the records which relates to your own property.
In the event that you become incapacitated you permit BullionVault to allow your account to be maintained on your behalf by your duly authorized attorney.
In the event of your death there are different procedures depending on the jurisdiction in which you die.
BullionVault undertakes to process your BullionVault account in accordance with the instructions of your authorised executors or administrators.
You permit BullionVault to seek legal advice in the jurisdiction of your estate’s administration, at the expense of your account but limited to the relevant charges detailed in the Tariff.
For further information please refer to our procedure for handling deceased accounts.
You agree to abide by terms for using the BullionVault API. You acknowledge that these terms may be amended from time to time. BullionVault reserves the unilateral right to suspend or switch off your access to the API and remove all orders should you be in breach of these terms.
BullionVault takes no responsibility for the performance of any unofficial product making use of the API.
BullionVault runs an affiliate programme which allows BullionVault clients to earn a portion of the commission or mark-up charged on trades made by customers they have referred to us.
By becoming an affiliate, you consent to the Terms and Conditions of our referral programme.
If you subscribe to BullionVault’s price alerts you accept that BullionVault makes no guarantees of the stability, availability or accuracy of the data provided.
You also accept that this service is provided on a best endeavours basis and that BullionVault is not liable for any loss that may occur as a result of any action you may or may not take as a result of receiving or not receiving price alerts that you have subscribed to.
The prevailing BullionVault Tariff is published on the BullionVault website, here.
Charges are ordinarily settled out of your cash resources on BullionVault. In the event that charges are outstanding because you have neither paid money in, nor raised cash by selling bullion, BullionVault has the right to sell bullion to raise money sufficient to pay the charges.
The system is scheduled to operate continually except where planned software updates and maintenance is necessary, usually carried out on weekends. BullionVault will always provide an advance warning notice via the website for planned downtime. There may also be planned service interruptions at other times where maintenance requires urgent action which cannot wait until a weekend. Such service interruptions will where possible be planned at times of lower public demand for the service.
Where service interruption is planned and you have an open order your order will ordinarily survive the service interruption.
When an unscheduled service interruption occurs and you have an open order your order will ordinarily survive. However, in some instances these orders may be removed at the resumption of the service and any un-traded element of the order will be treated as cancelled.
We will endeavour to keep you informed via email when you have open orders during a period of unscheduled service interruption, but you accept that the nature of the service interruption may make it impractical for us to do this.
You accept that service interruption is an unavoidable event on networked computers. You accept our terms for handling service interruption vis-a-vis your open orders. You understand that leaving a firm order on the Order Board can expose you to risks which are increased in the event of a service interruption, and you accept those risks.
BullionVault is an English Limited Company regulated by English Law which covers well established Western principles of statutory property rights and statutory company law.
Regulatory responsibility rests on three mutually independent arms of law enforcement: (i) the investigating authority, (ii) the prosecuting authority and (iii) the Criminal Courts.
- The investigating authority is the London Metropolitan Police Force. It is independently funded out of civil taxation and its role is to investigate reports of crimes and to produce a report for the prosecuting authority. Theft and Fraud fall under its areas of responsibility.
- The prosecuting authority is the UK Crown Prosecution Service. It is independently funded out of civil taxation and its role is to prosecute breaches of statute law where evidence gathered by the investigating authority produces a reasonable prospect of conviction.
- The Criminal Court system hears the cases of the prosecuting authority, establishes guilt or innocence through the jury system, and empowers judges to punish. It too is independently funded out of civil taxation.
There is no cost to you in reporting a crime and it is the duty of the above authorities to bring before the courts a case against BullionVault or its officers arising from a breach by BullionVault of statute law.
In addition you have recourse to the civil law, which would rule on disputes between you and BullionVault arising when either alleges against the other a damaging breach of these stated Terms and Conditions. Bringing and defending a case under civil law would ordinarily incur costs.
You understand and acknowledge that together with the whole of the London bullion market, BullionVault's regulatory status is markedly different from the financial services industry.
Modern financial services businesses throughout Europe and America tend to be companies which deal in paper based instruments generally called 'securities', and these are subject to increasing legal sophistication and regulation.
Because BullionVault offers a credit-free environment, and because it deals in the absolute ownership of physical metal acquired on the spot market, and not paper based contractual rights extending beyond the normal settlement period of the spot market, it falls outside the defined scope of formal financial services regulation, as does the rest of the spot physical bullion industry in London.
The London bullion market – which is the biggest in the world – is instead regulated by traditional English property law, and not by the United Kingdom's Financial Services Authority.
In the event of administrative error BullionVault is entitled after the event to make appropriate adjustments to records of your account.
Neither BullionVault nor you have the right to make profits from trading system failures.
The BullionVault system is designed to protect all users from clear trading errors by rejecting orders priced substantially away from the prevailing bullion price. This protection depends on receiving currency and bullion market price data from a variety of digital sources. The effectiveness of this protection is to an extent out of BullionVault's reasonable control. In the event of a failure to protect participants in this way both BullionVault and you accept that reasonable adjustments may be made after the event in order to ensure the marketplace operates fairly to all participants.
(a) The following provisions set out the entire financial liability of BullionVault (including any liability for the acts or omissions of its employees, agents and sub-contractors) to you in respect of:
(i) any breach of these Terms and Conditions; and
(ii) any representation, statement or tortious act or omission including negligence arising under or in connection with these Terms and Conditions.
(b) All warranties, conditions and other terms implied by statute or common law (save for the conditions implied by section 12 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979) are, to the fullest extent permitted by law, excluded herefrom.
(c) Nothing in these Terms and Conditions excludes or limits the liability of BullionVault:
(i) for death or personal injury caused by BullionVault's negligence; or
(ii) under section 2(3), Consumer Protection Act 1987; or
(iii) for any matter in which it would be illegal for BullionVault to exclude or attempt to exclude its liability; or
(iv) for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.
(d) Subject to paragraphs (b) and (c) above:
(i) BullionVault's total liability in contract, tort (including negligence or breach of statutory duty), misrepresentation, restitution or otherwise, arising in connection with the performance or contemplated performance of these Terms and Conditions shall be limited to the value of your cash balance and/or bullion from time to time deposited with or by BullionVault; and
(ii) BullionVault shall not be liable to you for any pure economic loss, fall in the value of your bullion or currency, loss of profit, loss of business, depletion of goodwill or otherwise, in each case whether direct, indirect or consequential, or any claims for consequential compensation whatsoever (howsoever caused) which arise out of or in connection with these Terms and Conditions.
You are responsible for paying such local taxes as are or may be applied on bullion purchases, bullion sales and bullion custody, and on any associated charges, and such taxes are added to charges where appropriate.
BullionVault shall not be liable to you for any delay or failure by it to perform its obligations if such delay or failure arises from any unforeseeable causes beyond its reasonable control including, but not limited to, acts of God, floods, lightning, earthquakes, labour disputes, shortages, rationing, utility failures, war, terrorism, riot, embargoes, and actions of any government agency or subdivision thereof.
You are entitled to consider that reasonable care has been taken by BullionVault in the translation into different languages of BullionVault's procedural and operational material, and that these translations fairly reflect the underlying meaning of an original document in the reference language of BullionVault, which is English. In the event of any differences between the English version of these Terms and Conditions and any non-English versions, the English version shall prevail.
You can contact BullionVault in any language in which the BullionVault site is published.
You can make informal complaints in any language in which the BullionVault site is published.
You can make formal complaints in any language in which the BullionVault site is published.
You will provide a translation into English to enable the adjudicating council to assess your complaint fairly in words submitted by you or your translator.
Dispute resolution shall take place in English and communicated to you in English, and also in the language of your complaint.
The law governing the provision of the BullionVault service to the Customer is the law of England and any disputes arising in respect hereof shall be governed exclusively by the English courts.
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