Investing_In_Gold_Bullion

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Investing In Gold Bullion

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For thousands of years Gold has been used as currency and been a highly
prized precious metal.Gold has always been a favoured investment to hedge
your portfolio against inflation. Gold prices in the international gold
market can remain fairly stable through times of instability, recession
and currency fluctuations.

The ways of investing in gold can be via purchasing physical gold bullion
in the form of gold bars or gold rounds, minted gold coins. Gold shares
in gold mining...


Keywords:
gold,bullion,silver,gold-fix,gold-price


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For thousands of years Gold has been used as currency and been a highly
prized precious metal.Gold has always been a favoured investment to hedge
your portfolio against inflation. Gold prices in the international gold
market can remain fairly stable through times of instability, recession
and currency fluctuations.

The ways of investing in gold can be via purchasing physical gold bullion
in the form of gold bars or gold rounds, minted gold coins. Gold shares
in gold mining companies are also available and various types of gold
funds or mutuals that are managed by professional investors.

Holding at least a small percentage of your stock portfolio in gold
bullion is always a good idea. The relatively stable price of gold can
help insure your investment portfolio against economic instability. Gold
bullion prices may fluctuate over the years but gold investments are
highly unlikely to get devalued and have performed well over recent
years.

Gold coins have a legal tender face value in the countries currency that
they were minted, and can be easier to dispose of if you need to
liquidate your gold assets. Many types of gold bullion rounds or gold
coins are available, such as American Eagles, Krugerrands, Sovereigns,
Canadian Maples, Australian Gold Nuggets, Chinese Gold Pandas and many
more. Gold bullion bars are available in many different sizes upto 400
ounce size. The 400 oz bullion gold bar is the London Good Delivery bar
size. Good delivery bars must meet certain specifications, they must
weigh between 350oz - 430oz and be of a minimum purity of 99.5% pure
Gold. These London Good Delivery bullion bars are normally held by
central banks and not usually held by smaller private investors.
Mining shares can be lucrative but their performance depends on the
success of the mine and the general standing of the mining company you
are investing in. Therefore mining stocks may not follow the general
trend of the gold fix market, but can outperform the market if the mining
company is particularly successful.

A precious metals gold managed fund can provide a more diverse gold
stocks portfolio. The funds manger may invest in various precious metals
and gold shares spreading any risk between a selection of stocks.
Precious metals mutuals are available that also invest in other metals
such as Silver, Platinum and Palladium as well as gold stocks.

The most cost effective way to invest in physical gold is to buy larger
bullion bars. Gold bullion in bar form offers the lowest gold dealers
percentage over the gold market price, depending on the bars size the
dealers premium over fix can be as low as 2% - 5%. Compared to the
premium on various gold coins of between 7% - 20% or more gold bullion
bars appear much more attractive financially. Although the fact that gold
bullion rounds or coins are much more liquid than bars may sway your
decision to purchase bars. Gold coins can be disposed of on the open
market fairly easily and quickly in comparison to large gold bars. Coins
are also much easier for the smaller investor or private individual to
obtain and to store. There is also the collectable and historical value
that gold coins have against gold bullion bars.

				
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