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GOLD Investment Seminar

July 7th, 2014 No comments

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Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear from Jordan Eliseo, one of Australia’s leading economic analysts, speaking about Gold and why it’s becoming a preferred investment for many Australians. 

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Eddi McGuire Celebrates Million Dollar Hot Seat Anniversary with ABC

June 10th, 2014 No comments

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To celebrate Million Dollar Hot Seat’s 1000th episode airing tonight, Eddie McGuire immersed himself in some of Australia’s finest Gold bullion. Help secure your financial wealth with investment grade bullion by contacting us today. Picture: Mark Stewart Source: News Corp Australia

 

 

Is Gold a Safe Investment?

March 27th, 2013 No comments

For the past ten years, gold has been an excellent investment, rising from about $300 an ounce in 2000 to over $1,600 an ounce today. That’s probably why a recent US poll showed most investors believe gold to be the best long term investment, ranking it better than real estate, stocks and savings accounts. Many Australians agree.

One of the reasons for gold’s strength as an investment is the present global debt crisis. As economies slow down, there’s been an increasing pressure to service debt. Governments all over the world have responded by increasing the money supply. The potential of future inflation has driven investors to buy gold to protect the value of their money. This trend doesn’t seem likely to change, making gold prices very stable.

Another factor making gold a safe investment is the rising price of oil and the resulting inflation caused by greater global demand for oil and dwindling global oil production. As more economies around the world become increasingly dependent on oil as a primary energy source, more investors will turn to buying gold and other precious metals as a hedge against rising inflation and the devaluing of paper currency.

Gold vs. Paper Money and Investments

Sure, there will always be a difference of opinion between economists, each offering the pros and cons of their particular point of view. But, in the long run, gold has always done very well, seldom losing its value and never given away for free.

You can’t say the same for paper money. Too many times in history, paper money had no purchasing power and was better used as fuel for the furnace or for wiping a baby’s bottom.

The same can be said about many paper stocks and investments. Companies and industries flourish and disappear, making their investments of little to no value.

In 1970,General Motors, Exxon Mobil, Ford Motors, General Electric and IBM were the five largest global companies. Not today. Only Exxon Mobil is still in the top five. The US retail phenomenon, Wal-Mart, is # 3. In 1970, it was only a small local chain store.  

General Motors is # 19 today, behind Toyota (# 10) and Volkswagen (# 12). Ford Motors, General Electric and IBM are not even in the top 20.

As you can see, investing in stocks can only be profitable if you can predict the future and know who the winners and losers are going to be.

That’s never been the case for gold. Buying and selling gold is easy. Gold is always in demand and even more so today as mining production is becoming scarcer and even more costly, keeping gold prices stable or on the rise.

Most market analysts believe gold and other precious metals will continue to do well in the future, as long the global economy remains unstable. Some are predicting gold prices will go as high $2,000 an ounce in the short term.

The Best Ways to Store Your Physical Gold Holdings

January 21st, 2013 No comments
As your supply of physical gold continues to grow, you are going to want to make sure that you are prudent and wise as to where you store it. As you probably know, there are a few different options available and you may find that a combination of one or more will work best for you. Let’s look at the most common and most feasible options to ensure that you have considered them all.
Home Sweet Home
The thought of having physical gold safely stashed at home brings a sense of security and peace of mind to a lot of people. Others however, get nervous just at the very thought of it. We’ve all heard stories of burglaries and if a burglar did find your stash there would be no way to recover it. On the other hand, having a small supply of physical gold on hand could certainly come in handy in the event of an emergency. So it’s up to you as an individual to find that balance between risk and security.
If you do decide to buy gold and stash some at home, you obviously want to be very secretive about its location. Some considerations are: a concealed safe (preferably bolted into place), a false wall or secret cupboard, a food box in the freezer (also offers some protection from fire), a special can designed to look like a drink or food can, or even buried in your back yard. If you store your gold at home, you will obviously be the only one responsible for its safety – which can be a benefit or huge risk depending on your mindset.
Safety Deposit Boxes
One of the most obvious options for storing your physical gold is a safety deposit box at your bank. The advantage of this method is that it is simple and has less risk of burglary than your home does. However there are risks that you should be aware of. If the bank, for whatever reason, becomes insolvent, accessing your gold might become quite difficult. Even though the gold would remain your property, it could take a great deal of time before you have access to it again.
Bullion Dealers
Many bullion dealers and organisations will hold your physical gold in their vaults for a nominal fee.  This would provide much better security than storing it at home and would also make it easy to sell it back into the marketplace when the time comes. This also minimises the cost and risk of transportation from the dealer to your home.
Allocated or Unallocated Storage
Allocated storage means that your actual physical gold remains segregated from the gold belonging to other investors. Unallocated storage means that gold is purchased for you at an agreed upon spot price. You don’t actually own the gold but the purchase transaction serves as a promise to provide you with that amount of bullion when you request it. In essence you are an unsecured creditor with the institution with whom you are dealing. Obviously you want to do careful research before committing your physical gold holdings to someone else.
The nice thing about having some physical gold on hand is that no matter what might happen, it can always be used as a medium of exchange in the event of an emergency or catastrophic global event. So regardless of where you decide to store it, the main thing is to ensure that you do have a stash of physical gold securely tucked away, just in case.

As your supply of physical gold continues to grow, you are going to want to make sure that you are prudent and wise as to where you store it. As you probably know, there are a few different options available and you may find that a combination of one or more will work best for you. Let’s look at the most common and most feasible options to ensure that you have considered them all.

Home Sweet Home

The thought of having physical gold safely stashed at home brings a sense of security and peace of mind to a lot of people. Others however, get nervous just at the very thought of it. We’ve all heard stories of burglaries and if a burglar did find your stash there would be no way to recover it. On the other hand, having a small supply of physical gold on hand could certainly come in handy in the event of an emergency. So it’s up to you as an individual to find that balance between risk and security.

If you do decide to buy gold and stash some at home, you obviously want to be very secretive about its location. Some considerations are: a concealed safe (preferably bolted into place), a false wall or secret cupboard, a food box in the freezer (also offers some protection from fire), a special can designed to look like a drink or food can, or even buried in your back yard. If you store your gold at home, you will obviously be the only one responsible for its safety – which can be a benefit or huge risk depending on your mindset.

Safety Deposit Boxes

One of the most obvious options for storing your physical gold is a safety deposit box at your bank. The advantage of this method is that it is simple and has less risk of burglary than your home does. However there are risks that you should be aware of. If the bank, for whatever reason, becomes insolvent, accessing your gold might become quite difficult. Even though the gold would remain your property, it could take a great deal of time before you have access to it again.

Bullion Dealers

Many bullion dealers and organisations will hold your physical gold in their vaults for a nominal fee.  This would provide much better security than storing it at home and would also make it easy to sell it back into the marketplace when the time comes. This also minimises the cost and risk of transportation from the dealer to your home.

Allocated or Unallocated Storage

Allocated storage means that your actual physical gold remains segregated from the gold belonging to other investors. Unallocated storage means that gold is purchased for you at an agreed upon spot price. You don’t actually own the gold but the purchase transaction serves as a promise to provide you with that amount of bullion when you request it. In essence you are an unsecured creditor with the institution with whom you are dealing. Obviously you want to do careful research before committing your physical gold holdings to someone else.

The nice thing about having some physical gold on hand is that no matter what might happen, it can always be used as a medium of exchange in the event of an emergency or catastrophic global event. So regardless of where you decide to store it, the main thing is to ensure that you do have a stash of physical gold securely tucked away, just in case.

Buying Bullion Bars or Coins: Which is the Better Investment?

November 8th, 2012 No comments

Many investors have decided that it is safer to have precious metal in hand than it is to invest in precious metals Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). Granted, the cheapest and most convenient way to invest in and trade with gold and silver is ETFs, but they also come with more long-term risks. Risks such as, but not limited to, counter party risk, which means that the precious metal is not actually held by the ETF provider. It’s typically held by a large bank and if the bank goes bust, your investment could disappear as well.

Besides, how do you know they’re actually holding the precious metals that they claim to be holding? Along with this are the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee that reported that the actual physical gold that exists globally above ground is only 1% of the ‘paper gold’ that is being traded.

The Shiny Stuff

Buying physical gold and silver is undoubtedly more expensive than purchasing ETFs. First you have the dealer’s premium that you will incur when you buy it. You will also have to factor in delivery, storage and even insurance costs. Then when you sell, there is typically a dealer fee as well. Of course, buying and selling gold and silver is also not without risks either.  Gold and silver prices could drop through the floor resulting in a loss on an asset that may not be easy to sell. However, when you look at current market conditions and global economic trends, investing in physical precious metals definitely warrants close consideration. So what form of precious metal do you buy? Bullion and coins each have their own merits and drawbacks and both should be assessed as to how they fit your unique needs and investment strategy.

Coins

Coins can be quite elaborate and attractive and easy to purchase in small amounts. Since they are something with which most of us are familiar, they can also be a little less intimidating than bullion, at least at first. Some coins are rare and collectible which can add even more complexity to the investment. It should be noted that the added value of being a collectible is often in the eye of the beholder. Collectible and antique coins are very specialised markets and should probably be avoided unless you really know what you are doing. Collecting coins can be fun and rewarding but for true investors, most would agree that bullion is a wiser choice.

Bullion

Precious metal investors focus purely on the metal value rather than getting caught up in collectible values. Bullion is easy to sell, hard to fake, and is typically more pure than coinage and the premium is generally lower as well. For the serious investor, gold bars are the simplest and most efficient way to invest in precious metals. Larger bars are generally available for the lowest premiums over their intrinsic metal value. The trade-off is that they are not quite as flexible as smaller bullion portions when it comes time to sell.

Even though most investors would agree that bullion bars make the most sense, like most things, investment strategy is an individual pursuit and only you can determine what’s best for you.

6 Reasons to Invest in Gold

September 27th, 2012 1 comment

If you’re looking for a good return on your investment, buy gold. Why? Because gold has a strong history in preserving value even when national currencies were losing value. If the value of your current investments is being determined by depreciating currencies then it may be a good time for you to start thinking about investing in gold.

Wondering where you fit in when it comes to the ‘type’ of people who have decided to take their hard-earned money and invest it in gold? They are the people you meet in your everyday life, i.e. doctors, carpenters, teachers, and bank tellers. In fact, the next time you see your next door neighbour, ask them if they happen to be a gold investor. You just may be surprised at their answer. What we’re saying is that anyone who has an interest in investing in the gold market can become a gold investor.

6 Reasons to Invest in Gold

The following are 6 reasons why it’s a good idea to invest in gold:

1. Gold utilisation is not keeping up with global gold production. This means the price of gold is going to continue to rise as demand increases.

2. Gold is a universal form of currency. For instance, the US dollar is currently weak with no apparent end in sight due to existing economic policies. Investing in gold is a great way to increase the value of your portfolio because it is much more stable than national currencies.

3. Gold is a form of insurance, and can be separated from most capital assets that rely on someone else’s ability to pay.

4. It’s not difficult to buy or sell gold. In fact, gold can be seen as somewhat of a portable investment that you can buy and/or sell whenever you want.

5. There are lots of choices when it comes to buying gold. There are gold bars, gold coins, gold stocks, gold bullion, gold mining, etc. from which to choose from. It’s important that you recognize there are pros and cons to buying each form of gold, so be sure to do your homework so you can fully understand exactly what you’re buying.

6. Gold forms a properly diversified portfolio. At least 10% and no more than 30% of your portfolio should be comprised of hedge funds, making gold a great choice for creating a highly diversified portfolio.

What Factors Affect the Price of Gold Bullion?

May 8th, 2012 No comments

Trading in precious metals has always been one of the safest ways to invest as these metals tend to retain their value over time. Buy gold, silver, or other precious metals and you’re likely to see a growth in value over time. In recent years, buying gold as an investment has become one of the most popular ways to safeguard one’s wealth.

Wealth creation can be realised when you buy gold or sell gold, and factors that influence gold bullion prices are varied, but all relate to demand or supply. Some of these factors include:

  • Cultural and seasonal factors. Indian and Chinese cultures value the use of gold in cultural and religious practice. For example, demand for gold in China usually experiences a hike before the Lunar New Year, when private individuals buy gold as presents for the annual festive period.
  • Monetary policy. Central bank policies on gold and interest rates can affect gold prices. Higher interest rates can lead to an easing in demand and encourage people to sell gold as prices start to drop.
  • Global volatility. When there’s high volatility in world markets, investors tend to turn to stable investments such as gold. Central banks, too, buy and sell gold to maintain their official gold reserves and in order to manage foreign exchange risk. Gold is one of the highly valued precious metals (or safe-haven assets) for hedging against financial stress, whether it’s inflation, deflation, or currency devaluation.
  • Prices. High prices can cause investors to sell gold when prices reach a level where their ideal return on investment has been met. Similarly, low prices can encourage investors to buy gold while prices are relatively affordable but likely to increase.
  • Production. Many countries don’t produce enough gold to meet their consumption, investment, or industry requirements to buy gold.
  • Major currencies. The movement of major currencies can have an effect on gold prices as currency trading and gold are investment alternatives. The US Dollar is the most-traded currency in the world, and a high US Dollar tends to boost demand for the US Dollar. Gold prices tend to rise in times when investors turn away from currency trading.
  • Socioeconomic trends. Major socioeconomic trends can have a massive influence on the price of gold through the demand. India and China, each with a large and growing middle class, are two examples with a strong demand to buy gold.

Gold bullion prices are affected by a wide variety of factors that range from government policy and market volatility, to production and major socioeconomic trends. Seasoned investors study the market by examining these factors when choosing whether to buy gold or sell gold.

When Is It The Best Time To Buy Gold?

February 24th, 2010 1 comment

When should you buy gold? Well, the short answer is ‘now’. When you understand how and why to buy gold, you can begin to buy it.

One of the beauties of gold is the fact that you can buy it whenever you need it. Unlike stocks and other investments, you can buy gold whenever you need it, timing is never an issue.

Ask yourself “Do I believe that I need to own gold?”, if you answer ‘yes’ then there is no reason to delay buying gold. Every day that you wait you are holding off on diversifying your portfolio. Economic crisis could come swiftly, wipe out your assets, and then you would be kicking yourself for not making the gold purchase you were thinking about.

Waiting to need to buy gold is poor strategy. There was a rush to buy gold during last year’s economic downturn, national mints could not keep up with public demand, and premiums went through the roof.

Gold can be almost impossible to buy when it is in high demand. During these times, you cannot just call a gold warehouse and place an order for gold. Even national mints cannot keep up with gold when their is a rush of demand like the ones in 2008 and early 2009.

In fact, Times Online posted an article in February discussed buying gold during a recession.

Even people who collect numismatic (high quality and rare coins) gold will have a hard time buying during these rushes to buy gold. Great demand can make people hold tight to their personal stores of gold. In some cases, the supply of gold can just simply disappear.

That’s why the best time to buy gold is now, global markets are still in an economic downturn, but the increased demand for gold has subsided. Gold will be easier to buy and at a lower premium than it has been recently.

Why Gold Is A Smart Investment

February 3rd, 2010 No comments

Investors who are new to gold will surely feel the thrill of seeing and holding their first stock of physical gold. Valuable coins and bars have a beauty and lure that that has dazzled monarchs and common folk alike.

Like any commodity, the value of gold rises with demand and falls with supply. But, unlike other commodities, there is a limed supply of gold, you can’t just make more of it. Yes, more can be mined, but not at the rate that it is demanded. And, there is a virtually unlimited amount of demand for gold because of gold’s historic and ever-rising value.

Gold is usually in a strong bull market. The definition of a bull market is one that has gains of 20% or more a year. Since 2000 alone the gold market has had on average gain of 202% per year. Gold has made a fortune for those wise enough to invest.

In 2006 CNN Money did an article on the current ‘gold rush’, but that was nothing compared to the demand that we have seen over the past few years. Anybody that bought during the 2006 ‘rush’ would have made a lot of money during the next rushes that occurred in mid-2008 and again earlier this year.

Why does gold’s value rise so fast?

Well, part of it is the mining issue I mentioned earlier. The world’s mines produce about 2,500 metric tons of gold a year. The world demands between 4,000 and 5,000 metric tons of gold a year. Gold demand outstrips demand by 60% to 100% every year.

The world’s banks were allowed to sell there supply after the end of the gold standard, which was a system that forced countries to back their currency with physical stores of gold. From the mind 1960s to the late 1990s, banks released enough gold to marginally keep up with the worlds demand. By 2001 the banks had run out of their massive stores, and the demand for gold skyrocketed.

Right now is a strategically critical time to invest in gold. The arrival of online trading and increased interest in gold as an investment may eventually bring the market into an equilibrium that results in a higher gold price. Jumping into the market right now means buying gold at price that should prove to be historically low.

Gold can be seen as insurance, it will always be worth something, no matter what else happens in the world. Mighty stocks can plunge to zero, inflation can render the dollar worthless, bond interest rates can fluctuate, but gold will always be valuable.

The gold that you buy today will be able to buy the same amount of goods, if not more, in the future. Your grandchildren and great grandchildren will be able to reap the benefits of your gold investment.