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Precious Metal Spot Prices

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

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.

John Burke

Precious Metal Investing

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Precious metal investing has historically been the most reliable means to both preserve and perpetuate wealth. Virtually every printed currency (or fiat currency) ever produced was backed by precious metals like gold, or silver, and subsequently, virtually every fiat currency ever printed has faded into obscurity, due to the overprinting of that currency. Historically, whenever a fiat currency’s values were falling, the value of the precious metal that was backing that currency would increase in value. This inverse relationship between fiat currencies and precious metals has always been a very useful indicator in precious metal investing. Today, the world’s reserve fiat currency is the dollar. Dollar values have been struggling as of late, and gold prices have risen exponentially over the past few years. Global economic conditions have been anything but “investor friendly”, which is why droves of investors have been converting their portfolios and retirement accounts into precious metals.

Precious metal investing requires strict attention to various economic factors, but above all, it requires research. As I’ve stated many times before, each investor must first conduct a thorough, detailed evaluation of his or her own, specific financial needs, goals, and expectations from owning gold. Only then can he or she determine exactly which type of precious metal investing to consider. For example, short-term profiteers would be best served to invest in bullion bars or coins, whereas long-term investors, who are interested in financial stability, may want to consider an investment in rare coin, or a combination of bullion and rare coin.

John Burke

Gold Silver Bars

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Any seasoned investor would agree that the most important thing for a prospective investor to do, is to conduct a thorough, detailed evaluation of his or her financial needs, goals, and expectations, before committing a single one of their hard earned dollars into any type of investment. Gold/silver bars investments are ordinarily sound, starter investments, especially for novice investors, who recently converted their traditional investments in stocks and bonds into precious metals. Now that their conversion has been completed, these investors are urged to conduct their individual financial evaluations, before making any moves into diversifying their gold/silver bars.

Other investors initially converted their stocks and bonds holdings into online purchases of bullion bars, called ETFs, or Exchange Traded Funds. Most seasoned precious metals investors view these electronic purchases of bullion to be largely speculative, as the investment never takes the form of physical gold in the hands of the investor. Once completing their personal financial evaluation, ETF investors may want to consider diversifying his or her electronic investment into physical gold/silver bars. Current global economic conditions are uncertain at best, and physical possession of gold/silver bars is considered by a great many to be an ideal way to maintain financial independence, in the event of another run on our nation’s banks, or some unforeseen breakdown in the global electronic investment market. For expert advice, and competitive prices on gold/silver bars, investors may want to consider consulting a large volume precious metal dealer, like the Certified Gold Exchange.

Danny Burns

Precious Metal Values

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Over the past few years, droves of disgruntled investors have given up on their traditional holdings in stocks and bonds, and shifted their dwindled investment and retirement dollars into precious metals investments. Precious metals investments like gold and silver have historically shown to act inversely to dollar values, especially during times of economic duress. Today, more and more people are in tune with economic developments, as information is much more readily available to all of us. Global economic conditions are still looking bleak, and investors are exploring the various avenues of precious metals investing, to find the best precious metal values for them.

Not surprisingly, precious metal values are reliant on the type of precious metal investment in question. For example, if the spot price of gold were $1 thousand an ounce, the purchase of a one ounce bullion bar for $2 thousand would be an extremely poor precious metal value, since bullion prices generally hover slightly above the spot price of gold. On the other hand, if gold’s spot price were the same, and an investor paid the same $2 thousand for a certified rare gold coin, then that could be a significantly greater precious metal value for that investor. In order for each investor to gain the best precious metal value for their investment dollar, he or she must first conduct a thorough evaluation of their specific, individual financial needs and expectations from owning gold. Only then, can he or she determine which type of precious metal investment will yield the best precious metal value for them.

Timothy Reilly

Precious Metal Projections

Friday, April 24th, 2009

With the summer months approaching, precious metal projections are looking bullish, as more and more investors continue to convert their investment and retirement dollars into precious metals investments. Precious metals investments have traditionally performed inversely to the dollar, particularly in times of economic distress. Today, there is more than enough economic distress to go around, as portfolios and retirement accounts have lost trillions of dollars over the past few years. Traditional investments in stocks and bonds have imploded under negative economic pressures like corporate debt, government manipulated interest rates, irresponsible broker and banking practice, and gross dollar devaluation. Economic recovery is years away by even the most optimistic projections, and many proactive investors prefer to heed the call of precious metal projections, rather than wait around for the great global economic machine to eventually repair itself.

Bullish precious metal projections are not without their basis. Today’s economic factors are remarkably similar to those that were prevalent at the beginning of the vicious inflationary cycle of the 1970’s. During that cycle, stock returns couldn’t even keep up with the rising rate of inflation, which was spurred the loss of our nation’s dollar values, which were subsequently diminished by more than 60%. Bondholders also “ate crow”, as they endured the indignity of more than one hundred interest rate hikes during the 70’s. Conversely, investors who got into gold early in the 1970’s, made over 1000% on their investment. Investors, who feel inclined to follow the latest precious metals projections, are urged to first carefully evaluate their individual financial needs and expectations, before committing to a hasty precious metal investment.

Maria Jacksons

Bullion Gold Coins

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Bullion gold coins have traditionally been considered to be ideal gold investment diversification tools for short-term profit, as well as reliable resources of tangible wealth, during turbulent times of economic instability and uncertainty. Bullion gold coins are generally valued for their precious metal content, and their prices tend to hover slightly above the spot price of gold. Global economic conditions over the past few years has resulted in the virtual mass destruction of countless investment portfolios and retirement accounts, which has spawned an exodus from traditional investments in stocks and bonds, and into precious metals. Many investors initially converted their portfolios and retirement accounts, by purchasing bullion bars online. These electronic purchases, or ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds), are viewed by many seasoned investors to be speculative, which is why they prefer the added safety of taking physical possession of their gold.

24 Karat Bullion gold coins, like Canadian Maple Leafs, or Australian Kangaroos, are approved by the U.S. government, as acceptable IRA, or 401 K contributions, although 401 K investors must wait until they either retire or change jobs, to convert their 401 Ks into precious metals. Diversification of any precious metal investment is usually recommended, and ETF investors may especially want to consider diversifying into physical bullion gold coins, as no electronic system, or banking system is infallible. Investors, who have first carefully evaluated their finances, are advised to consult a large-volume precious metal dealer for their bullion gold coin needs. Reputable dealers like the Certified Gold Exchange, offer expert, friendly assistance, and competitive prices.

Maria Stevens

Gold And Silver Projections

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Gold/silver projections are looking especially bullish, as global economic conditions grow increasingly hostile. Investors everywhere are running for cover, as they flee the once safe-haven investment Mecca, known as Wall Street, while their traditional investments in stocks have crashed down around them. Investors in our nation’s banks aren’t faring much better, either. Bondholders haven’t got much to look forward to, as government manipulated interest rates are poised for steady hikes in the near future. As if conditions couldn’t look any bleaker for our global economy, the world’s reserve currency, the U.S. dollar, threatens to implode under the pressure of billions in overprinted currency. The current administration has told our nation’s populous to “lower our sites” for financial prosperity in upcoming years, and baby boomers, who are entering and approaching retirement, simply don’t have time to wait for the great global economic machine (which is most certainly broken) to fix itself. All of these economic conditions would make many think that there are no remaining options for financial independence, but seasoned investors are looking to gold/silver projections, as a light at the end of the tunnel.

Historically, amidst all of this type economic doom and gloom, precious metals investments have thrived in the wake of fledgling investments in stocks and bonds, dollar devaluation, and inflation. Gold/silver projections may continue to increase in the near future, as wise American investors begin flocking to safe-haven assets in order to preserve their wealth during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

Fred Richard

PAMP Suisse Bars

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Produits Artistiques Metaux Precieux (artistic, precious metals products), more popularly known as PAMP Suisse bars, are widely recognized as the most revered of all precious metal bars. PAMP Suisse bars are named after their refinery, which is located in Castel San Pietro, in Switzerland. The PAMP refinery is the world’s leading independent precious metal refinery, and manufactures gold, silver, platinum, and palladium bullion bars of the highest quality and purity, and has been in existence since 1977. PAMP Suisse bars are accredited by the Swiss Federal Bureau, and their guaranteed purity is backed by sworn assayers (or certifiers), the Swiss National Bank, and the London Bullion Market Association. Each PAMP Suisse bar is sealed, registered, and numbered in a protective holder (known as a slab), along with their Assay Certificate, which guarantees their purity, and one troy ounce content.

In today’s global economic climate, gold investing is taking center stage, as a worldwide demand for gold is poised to reach a fevered pitch. Investors everywhere are converting their investment and retirement dollars into precious metals, as traditional investments in stocks and bonds have virtually gutted portfolios and retirement accounts from coast to coast. U.S. dollars values are severely threatened by massive overprinting, and growing outcry for a new global currency. Meanwhile, predictions for hyperinflation are magnifying fears among professional and household investors, alike. Historically, these types of economic factors favor precious metals investment, and PAMP Suisse bars are considered to be ideal for easy and discrete carrying, trading, and storage.

Janet Jones

Gold Coin Retirement Accounts

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Ever-growing numbers of household investors are considering gold coin retirement accounts, now that they have divested from their traditional holdings in stocks and bonds, and converted their remaining investment and retirement dollars into gold. Many panic driven investors initially converted their salvaged wealth into ETFs, or Exchange Traded Funds, due to the speed and convenience of making ETF transactions. Now that they are discovering the many avenues of diversification, more and more baby boomers that approach and enter their retirements, are opening gold coin retirement accounts for financial protection and potential profit. Current economic conditions are remarkably similar to those of the 1970’s, and savvy baby boomers not only remember those times, they are banking their retirements on those same conditions to recur.

The vicious inflationary cycle of the 1970’s was one of the toughest economic cycles that our nation ever endured. Our dollar lost over 60% of its’ spending power, and investments in stocks and bonds were fruitless, to say the least. Conversely, gold investments made as much as 1000% or more, for those who got into gold early in the cycle. This time around, baby boomers are preparing themselves with gold coin retirement accounts, to profit from their collective past experiences. A well-diversified gold coin retirement account, with bullion coin and rare coin, is an excellent vehicle for short-term and long-term profit. Bullion coin prices tend to hover around the spot price of gold, so investors can make short-term profits from bullion, as spot prices increase. Rare coin investments are preferred for long-term profit, as rare coin possesses numismatic value, which generally increases over time.

Danny Burns

How To Buy Gold

Friday, April 17th, 2009

There is no question about the nationwide panic among investors, who have relinquished trillions of their collective investment and retirement dollars to unscrupulous Wall Street investment practices, government manipulated interest rates, and subsequent dollar devaluation. From coast to coast, there are countless investors who are searching for a solution to their devastated investment and retirement plans. Faith in Wall Street has dried up, and many panicking investors are transferring their remaining investment/retirement dollars into gold, just as soon as they think they know how to buy gold. The truth is, that buying gold isn’t as complicated as many people might think. A gold purchase can be made with little more than a few quick computer functions, and a phone call. The technological convenience of a gold transaction, however, should never be confused with knowing how to buy gold.

It sounds unorthodox, but knowing how to buy gold starts with a long, honest look in the mirror. Each investor must evaluate his or her own, specific, financial needs and expectations from owning gold, before they ever pick up a phone, boot up their computer, or write out a check. Each investors needs are unique, and gold investment options are many, so it is paramount for investors to understand their own specific needs, expectations, and limitations, before committing any of their hard-earned investment/retirement dollars into the wrong gold purchase. Once each investor has evaluated his or her finances, it is advisable to consult a large-volume gold dealer, who can assist investors in customizing their precious metal investment needs.

Danny Burns