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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 beĀ  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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