Precious metal spot prices are the barometers of the global precious metal investment atmosphere. The spot price of a precious metal like gold is the current price for one Troy ounce of that metal. Spot prices fluctuate several times an hour worldwide, so investors everywhere can monitor the progress of their precious metal investment. Investments in precious metals are growing exponentially, as more and more Wall Street and banking investors are abandoning their traditional investments in stocks and bonds, and converting their ravaged portfolios and retirement accounts into precious metals. Current global economic conditions are growing increasingly turbulent, as concerns over our country’s digressing GDP (Gross Domestic Product), are growing into genuine fear. Many experts fear that our country is headed for a long-term inflationary cycle, and during such a cycle, it becomes very difficult to maintain any type of financial leverage with investments in stocks and bonds. For this reason, precious metal spot prices are at the forefront of more and more investors’ minds every day.
The simple law of supply and demand governs precious metal spot prices. The greater the demand is for a precious metal, the higher its’ corresponding spot price will be. Conversely, lesser demand will command a lower spot price. A seemingly endless array of global economic factors influences global demand for precious metals. Factors like war, famine, and international business trade, all contribute to global demand, and investors need only to refer to the spot price of a precious metal for the “bottom line” on global demand.