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Precious Metal Buyers

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Precious metal buyers who buy physical metal, as opposed to gold futures, or ETF’s (Exchange Traded Funds), are financially independent, and liquid, and more in command of their own financial well-being. These precious metal buyers have literally taken a hands-on approach to investing, and no longer rely on the so-called “expertise” of a broker, banker, or political affiliation. They know that gold is the only true currency, upon which all printed currency values are based, and that gold prices historically rise when printed currency values either stagnate, or decline. Household investors typically get started in physical gold bullion, which comes in bar form, and as coins. Reputable brand names for bullion bars include Johnson Matthey, Credit Suisse, and PAMP Suisse, for purity and liquidity. Popular bullion coins include 22-Karat coins like American Eagles, and South African Krugerrands, and 24-Karat coins like American Buffalos, and Canadian Maple Leafs.

Precious metal buyers, whose primary concern is long-term financial security, invest in rare coins, since their numismatic value tends to appreciate over time. Investors can now pay a small premium to have that numismatic value verified with an official “mint state grade” from either the PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), or the NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation). Both of these companies are globally accepted rare coin assayers, and their certified coins are liquid in over 120 countries. Two of the most widely-purchased gold coins among household investors are $20 Lady Liberty’s, and $20 Saint Gaudens, 22-Karat, certified, investment-grade gold coins. Investors are encouraged to contact one of our friendly specialists, who offer institutional discounts to household investors like you.

John Burke

Precious Metals Silver

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

It’s a universally accepted investment practice to diversify virtually any precious metal investment, for optimal financial protection. Gold is the primary precious metal investment of choice, since all of the worlds’ printed, or “fiat” currencies are backed by gold, and subsequent depreciation of those fiat currencies, historically means rising gold prices. Conversely, precious metals silver has a more independent relationship with dollar values, since silver has industrial and technological uses beyond its’ precious metal status. Precious metals silver is also considerably more abundant than gold, making it considerably more affordable than the yellow metal. Consequently, it has earned the nickname, “poor man’s gold”.

For all of these reasons, precious metals silver is widely considered to be the ideal diversification for gold investment. Experienced investors generally recommend physical possession for at least some of a precious metals investment, and it makes infinitely more sense to liquidate a portion of physical silver (as opposed to gold), in the event of an unforeseen financial emergency. Typical household investors usually purchase one-ounce, and/or ten-ounce bullion bars, and reputable brand names for purity include Johnson Matthey, Credit Suisse, and PAMP Suisse. Some popular silver coins include the following:

AMERICAN EAGLES, PEACE DOLLARS, MORGAN SILVER DOLLARS, SILVER AUSTRALIAN KANGAROOS AND KOALAS, AND CHINESE PANDAS.

There are other silver coins to choose from, and investors are encouraged to complete their research, and then to contact one of our friendly specialists, who offer institutional discounts on silver bars and coins

John Burke

Precious Metal Exchanges

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Most experienced investors agree that reputable, large-volume precious metal exchanges are the best way for household investors to satisfy their specific, long-term and short-term financial needs and expectations. Gold investment among household investors has boomed over the past few years, and more and more local gold merchants are getting into the act, usually with loud, colorful print and T.V. ads that promote discount gold prices.

These types of gold dealers may actually have an attractive array of bullion and rare coins, but they aren’t versed in assisting household investors to customize their specific, long-term and short-term needs. What’s more, the misguided souls who actually purchase gold from these local gold merchants not only pay a full retail premium, they also help pick up the tab for the expensive T.V. or print ad that initially drew them in.

Conversely, reputable large-volume precious metal exchanges can afford to pass on the savings from their institutional gold buys to household investors like you and me. These precious metal exchanges make gold purchases for financial institutions like banks and insurance companies, and sell the surplus gold from those transactions at the same, or nearly the same discount rate to savvy household investors. Large-volume exchanges are also versed in consulting individual investors, to effectively customize each investor’s specific, financial needs and expectations, using bullion for short-term needs, and rare coins for long-term financial security. Investors are encouraged to contact one of our friendly specialists for expert consultation, and institutional savings on bullion and rare coin.

John Burke

Precious Metals Gold

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Experienced investors traditionally recommend physical possession of at least part of a precious metals gold investment, because it benefits household investors with complete financial independence. Precious metals gold is the real value that all fiat, or printed currency is based, so it makes sense for investors to take physical possession of their metal, in case there is some national banking emergency, or unforeseen personal crisis. There are investors with holdings in gold shares, or ETF’s (Exchange Traded Funds), which are purchased over the Internet. These investors are advised to consider transferring some of their paper and/or electronic shares into physical, precious metal gold, as no “third party” arrangement is infallible.

In today’s troubled economy, tension and fear are mounting about U.S. dollar values. Uncertainty over economic recovery is palpable, and droves of wise investors are protecting their hard-earned wealth with diversified investments in rare coin, for long-term financial security, and bullion, for short-term potential profit ventures. Bullion is substantially more affordable than rare coin, because it possesses no numismatic value. Bullion prices also generally adhere loosely to the current gold spot price, which is why it is traditionally used as a short-term potential profit vehicle. The numismatic value of rare coin generally tends to appreciate over time, which is why they are widely considered to be the premier long-term investment for financial security. Prospective investors are encouraged to contact one of our friendly gold specialists, who offer institutional discounts on bullion and rare coin.

John Burke

Precious Metals Trading

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

When it comes to precious metals trading, the three operative words are research, purity, and reputability:

RESEARCH: Each investor should always first conduct a thorough evaluation of his or her own, specific, long-term and short-term financial needs and expectations, to determine the type of precious metals trading that will most likely meet those needs. Investors are also advised to familiarize themselves with precious metals spot prices, and the fluctuations that accompany them. This will help them to track the approximate value of their investment in the future. Short-term needs are traditionally met with bullion bars and coins, as they have no numismatic value, and their prices loosely adhere to current spot prices. Long-term needs are met with purchases of rare, investment grade coins, as their numismatic value tends to appreciate over time.

PURITY: The purity of bullion coins is backed by their respective governments, so investors need only to be sure if a prospective bullion coin is minted as 22 Karat, or 24-Karat gold. Reputable brand names for bullion bar purity include Johnson Matthey, Credit Suisse, and PAMP Suisse.

Rare Coin: Today, household investors are purchasing certified rare coins, as their numismatic value has been officially verified with an official “mint state grade”, which typically ranges between 61 and 66 for investment grade coins. Investors should be mindful to reference each coin’s corresponding mint state grade, when precious metals trading. Popular rare coins among American Investors include $20 Lady Liberty, and $20 Saint Gaudens, 22-Karat gold coins.

REPUTABILITY: Investors are encouraged to complete their research, and then to contact one of our friendly specialists, who offer world-class consultation on precious metals trading, as well as institutional discounts on bullion and rare coin.

John Burke

Investing In Precious Metals

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Investing in precious metals is simply a systemized breakdown of each investor’s specific, individual, long-term and short-term financial needs and expectations. Each investor should thoroughly evaluate his or her financial needs, and then proceed with the following guidelines for investing in precious metals:

RESEARCH: Investors should research the types of precious metals investments that could best suit their individual long-term and short-term financial needs.

BULLION: Traditionally used for short-term profit ventures, as bullion prices tend to adhere to the current gold spot price. Bullion comes in two forms;

A) Bars – Household investors typically buy one-ounce, and ten-ounce bars with reputable brand names like JOHNSON MATTHEY, CREDIT SUISSE, or PAMP SUISSE, for purity and worldwide liquidity.

B) Coins – 22-Karat bullion coins include American Eagles, and South African Krugerrands.

Coins – 24-Karat bullion coins include American Buffalos, Canadian Maple Leafs, Australian Koalas, Kangaroos, and Lunar coins, as well as Chinese Pandas.

RARE COIN: Used for long-term financial protection, as rare coins’ numismatic value generally appreciates over time. Typical household investments include rare coins like:

A) Double Eagles – $20 Lady and $20 Saint Gaudens, 22-Karat gold coins

B) Eagles – $10 Liberty’s and Indian gold coins

C) Half Eagles – $5 Liberty’s and $5 Indian coins

There are also $2.5 Liberty’s and $2.5 Indian coins available, along with other less widely traded coins like $4 Stellas, and 1855 Indian Head Dollars. Investors are urged to conduct as much research as possible, and then to:

CONTACT: A reputable, large-volume precious metal dealer who typically offers institutional discounts to household investors like you. They offer investment advice, and can also get interested investors started with a precious metal-backed IRA.

John Burke

Precious Metal Fund

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

A precious metal fund is making more and more sense to investors with retirement holdings in so-called “traditional investments” of stocks and bonds. IRA’s with these “traditional” holdings have lost over three trillion dollars since 2001, leaving countless investors with grave concerns over their retirement security. Confidence in Wall Street and banking investments is very low, and concerns over our nation’s dollar values are growing with each passing day. There has been a lot of talk about “economic recovery”, but most people agree that it’s simply not going to take place within a few more months or so. A great many savvy investors have already converted their remaining retirement dollars into a precious metal fund, to protect their investment and retirement dollars from the negative effects of the long-term inflationary period we are now beginning.

Since gold is the precious metal that backs the perceived value of every printed, or “fiat” currency in existence, it’s only logical that when currency values depreciate, gold prices historically rise. The U.S. dollar is the World Reserve’s official currency, and looks to be in for quite a beating, as inflationary hikes historically devalue dollars. Investors are advised to consider a precious metal fund, with U.S. government approved contributions like the following:
24-KARAT BARS: Reputable brand names include PAMP Suisse, Johnson Matthey, and Credit Suisse, for purity and liquidity. Pure silver bars are also acceptable, as household investors typically purchase 1-ounce, and 10-ounce bars.
22-KARAT COINS: American Eagles, which are near replicas of the 1907-1933 Saint Gaudens, $20 gold coins. They are also available as proofs.
24-KARAT COINS: American Buffalos, Canadian Maple Leafs, Australian Kangaroos, Koalas, and Lunar coins, as well as Chinese Pandas

Prospective investors are encouraged to thoroughly evaluate their financial needs, and then to contact one of our friendly gold specialists, who offer expert advise on precious metal funds, as well as large-volume discounts on bullion and rare coin.

John Burke

Precious Metal Cost

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Precious metal cost may be confusing for a great many novice investors, so the following is a brief overview, to acquaint these household investors with the various distinctions that determine the cost of a precious metals investment. Essentially, there are two types of physical gold investments, bullion, and rare coin.

BULLION: Possesses no numismatic value. Bullion prices usually hover slightly above the precious metal spot price, which gives them a more affordable precious metal cost. It is also why bullion is traditionally used for short-term potential profit ventures. Bullion also possesses long-term financial security benefits, as it can also be used for precious metal IRA storage. It comes in the form of bars and coins, and the following bullion items are U.S. government-approved for precious metal IRA storage:

24-KARAT BARS: Household investors typically invest in one-ounce, and ten-ounce bars, with reputable brand names like Johnson Matthey, Credit Suisse, and PAMP Suisse, for purity and liquidity.

BULLION COINS: Acceptable IRA bullion coin contributions include 22-Karat American Eagles, 24-Karat American Buffalos, Canadian Maple Leafs, Australian Kangaroos, Koalas, and Lunar Coins, as well as Chinese Panda coins.

South African Krugerrands (22-Karat), are also very popular bullion coins, but aren’t allowed as IRA contributions.

RARE COIN: Rare coins do possess numismatic value, which tends to appreciate over time, which is why so many investors purchase them for long-term financial security. They come at a significantly higher precious metal cost than bullion coins, and coins that are certified command an even slightly higher cost. Typical rare coin investments by household investors include $20 Lady Liberty’s and Saint Gaudens coins, $10, $5, and $2.5 Liberty’s and Indian Head gold coins.

Investors are encouraged to complete their research, and then to contact one of our friendly gold specialists, who offer expert investment advice, as well as institutional discounts on bullion and rare coin.

John Burke

Precious Metals Prices

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Precious metals prices are based on the scarcity of a given metal, as well as the current demand for the metal. For example, Palladium is the scarcest of the precious metals, and is thus, its’ cost is exponentially higher than Silver, Gold, or Platinum. At the other end of the precious metal spectrum, Silver is far more abundant, and has a wider range of uses, other than as bullion bars, jewelry, or coinage. In the middle, there’s gold, whose scarcity is enough to classify it as a precious metal, but abundant enough to back the value of the world’s entire fiat, or printed currency. It is for this reason, that gold’s is the most closely monitored of all the precious metals prices.

Since gold’s precious metals prices are the “hub” upon which the global economic “wheel” turns, demand for the precious metal historically rises, when fiat currency values depreciate. When demand for gold increases, so does its’ spot price. This relationship between falling fiat currency values and rising gold prices is known as an inverse correlation. Presently, this correlation is under very strong scrutiny, as there is growing doubt in our nation’s dollar (which is the fiat currency of the World Reserve) to be able to withstand the negative effects of the long-term inflationary cycle we are currently entering. As a result, droves of investors are preserving their wealth with long-term investments in rare coin, and diversifying with short-term, potential profit purchases of bullion bars and coins. Investors are encouraged to complete their research, and then to contact one of our friendly gold specialists, who offer large-volume discounts on bullion and rare coin.

John Burke

Precious Metal Investment

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Precious metal investment has historically preserved the wealth of countless asset holders, for centuries. Since the value every fiat, or printed currency in existence today, is backed up by gold, it makes sense that gold prices rise, when confidence in fiat currencies, like our nation’s dollar, declines. Hence, when investors convert their assets into a precious metal investment, they are protecting their wealth from depreciating dollar values, as well as positioning themselves for potential future profit. Today, there is growing uncertainty about dollar values, and their ability to withstand the barrage of inflationary hikes that will soon assault them. Experienced investors, who understand inflationary trends, use precious metal investment to act as a hedge against negative economic factors like inflation, and subsequent dollar devaluation.

When considering a precious metal investment, the first thing that investors need to do, is carefully evaluate their specific, long-term and short-term financial needs and expectations. Short-term needs are typically met with a bullion precious metal investment, since bullion prices adhere closely to the current gold spot price, and holding periods for bullion are normally for fourteen months, or less.

Long-term investment needs are traditionally met through purchases of rare coins, since the numismatic value that rare coins possess generally tends to increase over time. Experienced investors generally recommend diversifying between rare coin and bullion, and even between precious metals, like gold and silver, as silver prices aren’t as directly connected to dollar values, like gold prices. Investors are also advised to purchase their precious metals through a large-volume dealer, as opposed to a local merchant. Large-volume dealers cannot only help household investors to customize their specific financial needs; they also offer institutional discounts to household investors like you.

John Burke