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Gold Spot Price

March 5th, 2009 admin Posted in Gold Bullion No Comments »

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Gold prices are falling for seven straight days now. The gold spot price is currently down almost 9% from the jump in January to just over $1000 an ounce. This may seem alarming, but it really is no reason to panic. These corrections are natural and even healthy as many experts have claimed.

Gold bullion was growing in popularity and as a result the prices became inflated in just over a month, jumping almost 24% by Feb. 20th. These prices could not be maintained, and a correction was bound to happen. Investing in gold is not a short term investment, and these sort of fluctuations in the gold spot price should not overly disturb any who are buying up physical gold. Short term changes have very little effect over the long term growth, and the reason you should be investing in gold in the first place is for a long term asset protection strategy. As was stated on a recent article on seekingalpha:

The gold bears are calling for lower prices due to a decline in demand from India and an increase in gold scrap (consumers selling jewellery). They also believe that there may be an easing of investment demand for bullion and ETFs. ETF demand has certainly subsided from the exponential growth seen in recent weeks. However, given the global financial and economic system is effectively ruptured, wealth preservation and risk aversion is likely to remain evident in the coming months and indeed years.

This may lead to a change in investor behaviour whereby gold again becomes an integral core holding in most investment portfolios and in pensions. This would see investment demand remain robust and remain at higher levels for the foreseeable future. Even if investment demand does fall from record levels seen in recent weeks, this is likely to be compensated for by increasing demand from central banks particularly China and OPEC nations.

Current Gold Spot Price from Kitco

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Buying Gold Coins Online With Ebay

March 4th, 2009 admin Posted in Gold Bullion No Comments »

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The 21st century has brought many changes to the internet. It is now easier than ever to buy gold safely and securely online. We recommend buying your gold through Ebay. Not only Ebay have a pretty iron clad protection policy, but also when you pay through Paypal your payments are insured. Paypal is great since it withdraws directly from your online savings account, and you don't have to worry about anything. If you are looking to buy gold bullion in small to medium quantities, you can get some great deals bidding on ebay auctions. You can often find the Mexican Centenario, South African Krugerrand, Canadian Maple Leaf, and American Eagle gold coins at decent prices.

While you can find some great deals on Ebay, don't expect to get half off the going rate, that is simply not going to happen. What you can find is gold bars and coins that sell for less than other online retailers who are taking a percentage off the top. You can easily save around 5% or so on each purchase, which adds up very quickly! But in order to make sure you have a safe and secure experience, follow these guidelines:

• Check the sellers feedback! The higher the feedback the more confidence you can have. If the seller has any negative feedback, investigate it further to save yourself a headache in the future. It's all about due diligence.

• Buy your gold from the so called "Power Sellers." These guys have established businesses with ebay, and often offer the best prices as they deal in bulk for the product they are selling. They are also likely the most reliable and fastest to ship your coins and bars.

• Bid on the auctions that do not have a reserve price. If you do this, then you can bid lower than normal and hope to land a good deal on a gold coin or bar.

• Be sure to check the return policy of the auction. The best auctions give you a week or more to inspect the coin and make sure you get what was promised. And be sure you read the auction carefully, they make it seem lik you are buying something you really aren't by hiding it in the fine print.

• Finally, only pay with Paypal. Paypal insures all its transactions, so your money is guaranteed to be safe and in good hands.

If you follow these simple guidelines, then you will be able to buy your gold bullion, whether it's gold bars or gold coins safely and securely on Ebay.

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South African Krugerrand Gold Coin

March 2nd, 2009 admin Posted in Gold Bullion No Comments »

Buy South African Krugerrand Gold Coins

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Gold Krugerrand coins are among the most recognizable gold coins in the world. Originally minted in South Africa from the vast deep mined gold reserves, these gold coins have spread across the globe as investors and collectors both view the 1976 gold Krugerrand coin as especially highly desirable. For many years US citizens were not permitted to own actual gold bullion, so buying gold coins was a loophole in that rule. Nowadays that is not the case, but buying gold coins is still an incredibly good option for investing in bullion. Not only is it small and easy to store, they are easily purchased and sold in a variety of ways.

One of the best things about investing in gold coins is the coins themselves hold more value than the physical spot gold within. Due to the collectible nature of the coins, you can often sell them for a premium above the going rate for gold. Here's just a few of the best deals we've found for buying Gold Krugerrand coins.

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Buying and Storing Gold Bullion Bars

March 2nd, 2009 admin Posted in Gold Bullion No Comments »

As the world's economy panics, more and more people are turning to gold as a secure investment. In many countries in the world, gold bars are bought and sold over the counter at major banks. These gold bars provide a secure investment and a good value as well.

We strongly recommend investing in actual physical gold, something you can touch, see, and touch. You can purchase gold bars in many different sizes and many different measurements. The troy ounce being the most widely recognized form of measurement, but the tola and tael are also used to measure gold. Storing your gold becomes a problem as you begin to accumulate more and more. It can be very difficult, and even dangerous to travel around with gold bars. Thus a gold account has become the preferred method of holding gold for a small to medium investor. Many Swiss and offshore banks will help you to buy, sell, and store your gold bars safely and securely. Apart from storing gold at the safe deposit box in home or at a bank, investors can also place gold in unallocated or allocated storage with a dealer or a bank. There is always the risk of the bank you are dealing with going bankrupt, so do your due diligence as always and make an educated decision for where you decide to store your gold.

Buying gold bars is almost always cheaper than buying gold coins, you generally purchase more gold per bar than you would per coin, so that increases the savings, but you also can avoid VAT and sales taxes that are levied on gold coin purchases. However, both kinds of bullion have benefits and drawbacks. More liquid, easily movable, higher value, easier to store... A good diversified gold investment portfolio will include both bars and coins.

We have an ebook specially written for investing in and storing gold in this economy. You might want to consider taking a look at it for some very real, very valuable insights into actually buying gold bullion: "The Gold Report" by Peter Macfarlane.

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Gold Bullion Investing Options

March 2nd, 2009 admin Posted in Gold Bullion No Comments »

There are more ways than ever to invest in gold these days. As the price of gold rises, and demand increases, you can bet that more savvy investors will be looking at gold bullion for security and investment portfolio safe havens. As always, we recommend more than anything to only buy physical gold bullion in order to avoid the "gold cartel" (see Peter Macraflanes Gold Report Ebook for an indepth explanation of the gold cartel), but there are many other options which you might want to look into. You can own gold either directly, or through gold options, shares, spread betting, ETF certificates, gold accounts, and many other options.

Physical gold can be stored in a safety deposit box or safe in your own home, or at a bank. Investors have the option of placing their gold bars and gold coins in allocated or unallocated storage with the banks and dealers. Unallocated storage means if the bank goes bankrupt you claim the gold and become a general creditor. Allocated storage requires the bank or dealer to return the gold to you in full in the case of bankruptcy.

In countries like Switzerland, Austria, Argentina, Mexico, or Liechtenstein, one can purchase gold bars easily, swiftly, and anonymously. This is the most secure way to invest your assets.

Gold coins are another popular way to invest in gold. They are essential in any diversified gold asset portfolio. These coins sell for little or no premium above the actual weight, although they are sometimes subject to sales tax and/or VAT since they are considered legal tender and collectable. There are many widely recognized gold coins on the market including the South African Krugerrand, the Canadian Maple Leaf, the American Eagle, and the Australian Kangaroo.

There are other ways of investing in gold however. You could invest in gold certificates. These gold certificates provide the purchaser with a certificate of ownership to a certain amount of gold. With such a certificate you can buy and sell the security without the bother of actually moving physical gold. Only the Perth Mint Certificate Program is governmentally guaranteed, if that is one of your worries.

You could also hold a gold account. These Gold Holdings Accounts are offered by Swiss banks for a small fee, usually 1-1.5% of the value held. They are in place to easily facilitate the purchase and transfer of gold bullion in much the same manner as foreign currency.

Gold ETF's are yet another option for a gold portfolio. These exchange traded funds are not actually backed by gold, but rather the idea of the current value of gold, much like fiat money. They are stock shares offered by most of the major world stock exchanges and can be  traded freely on the stock market. However, the actual amount of gold held in each certificate declines annually due to factors like the fees associated with storing, managing, and paying of commissions. This is our least recommended form of gold investment. On the flip side, a Gold ETF or GETF as it is further abbreviated do avoid VAT and sales tax and are easily purchased, and highly liquid. It is more of a short term investment strategy than a long term wealth creation plan.

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Is Gold A Good Investment?

March 2nd, 2009 admin Posted in Gold Bullion No Comments »

For quite some time now, people have been investing all their wealth into non tangible investments. They have overlooked gold bullion for supposedly more profitable ventures like real estate, forex trading, and stock options. These people are currently loosing their shirts right now in this recession. If they could do it all over again, what do you think they would invest in? Gold. At the beginning of the Bush administration, gold bullion prices were around $400, at the end of the Bush regime Gold bullion now sells for upwards of $1000. On the other hand, the stock market has done nothing but plummet.

To truly recession proof your investment portfolio, you need to invest in gold bullion. But is now the time to make such an investment, gold prices have tripled in the past 10 years, is it truly a good investment? In short, yes. Here's why:

During a recession institutions run for gold. It is a safe-haven investment as it never looses it's value. The gold market never has crashed in thousands of years. The demand for gold will remain high for some time, and the price of gold will continue to rise as the world scene shows only more and more instability.

As global inflation is on the rise, more and more will be seeking out assets that are inflation proof. Gold bullion has historically proved itself to be a hedge against inflation. Oil and food will continue to inflate in price, or crash altogether, gold is secure and solid.

Unusual market conditions can wreak havoc on our investment portfolio of stocks, bonds, equities and so forth. People who are intelligent will naturally look into investing in gold as it does not behave badly in bad markets, it only continues to rise in value.

Currencies fluctuate rapidly, faster than some can keep up with. Right now the dollar is falling in value, some predict inevitably it will crash. Investor demand for gold bullion will continue to rise as the dollar denominated commodities such as gold bullion continue to fall, which makes it cheaper if you hold other currencies.

Gold is a highly liquid asset, it can be bought and sold anywhere in the world. It is universally recognized as a valuable asset. Right now, many countries will not exchange dollars, or buy US currency outright. In economies like this, having assets that are liquid is essential should an emergency occur.

If you take a truly objective look at the world economy, you will see nothing but continued problems and disputes. All of these things make for an increase in the value of gold. So if you truly want to invest for success, and want your investments to last far into the future, invest in gold.

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