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Precious Metal Market

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Interest in the precious metal market has increased exponentially over the last handful of years, as ever-growing numbers of investors are converting their so-called “traditional investments” in stocks and bonds, into precious metals investments in rare coin and bullion. These wise investors know that economic trends tend to move in cycles, and feel that the precious metal market is the best way to protect their remaining investment and retirement dollars amidst global economic turbulence and uncertainty. Retirement funds are a very sore subject among investors, particularly among baby boomers, who have worked longer than anyone towards their hard-earned retirement. Traditional IRA’s have literally lost trillions since 2001, and a great many pro-active investors are now turning to the precious metal market to convert their remaining retirement dollars into IRA’s, with U.S. government-approved bullion holdings in the following:

22 Karat American Eagle coins (also available in silver)
24 Karat American Buffalos, which are also available in 1-ounce, ½-ounce, ¼-ounce, and 1/10-ounce denominations. Other 24 Karat coins include:
Karat Canadian Maple Leafs, Australian Kangaroos, Koalas, and Lunar coins, as well as Chinese Pandas.
24 Karat bullion bars, with reputable names like Johnson Matthey, PAMP Suisse, and Credit Suisse.

Any one, or combination of these items can also be used as short-term potential profit investments, as bullion prices tend to stay near the current spot price of gold, and typical holding periods for potential short-term gains range between one and fourteen months. Investors are encouraged to complete their investment research, and then to contact one of our friendly precious metal specialists, who offer expert consultation on the precious metal market, as well as institutional discounts on bullion and rare coin.

John Burke

Precious Metal Price

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Any precious metal price is directly influenced by demand for that metal. For the purposes of this blog, the precious metals I’ll be referring to, are gold and silver, as they are the two most commonly traded precious metals. Gold is the primary investment metal of choice for most household housekeepers, with silver’s affordability and market versatility, making it the usual diversification metal of choice. It is important for investors to remember that diversifying between both metals is widely recommended, since silver prices aren’t as directly related to dollar values, the way gold prices are. The precious metal price fluctuates hourly, depending on demand for the respective metals.

Precious metal demand is, in turn, influenced by economic factors like war, inflation, government intervention of corporate activity, and dollar devaluation. Dollar devaluation and inflation go hand-in-hand, but that problem is currently compounded, by massive overprinting of our nation’s currency. Our Treasury Department has printed over forty percent more money over the past few years, and we are currently entering a long-term inflationary period, that could be the worst in over thirty years. As a result, more and more investors are preserving their remaining wealth through well-diversified precious metals investments in gold and silver. Long-term security seekers regularly invest in rare coins, like $20 Saint Gaudens, and $20 Lady Liberty’s, that are certified by either the PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), or the NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation). The “mint state grades” that these companies assign to rare coins, designates their inherent, numismatic value, which generally appreciates over time.

Short-term investors usually buy bullion bars and/or coins, as they contain no numismatic value, and bullion values usually adhere closely to their respective precious metal price. Reputable names for bullion bars include Johnson Matthey, Credit Suisse, and PAMP Suisse, and popular bullion coins, like 22 Karat gold and silver American Eagles, and 24 Karat Canadian Maple Leafs, and Australian Kangaroos, which are also available in silver. Investors are encouraged to evaluate their specific financial needs, and then to contact one of our friendly specialists, who offer institutional discounts to household investors like you.

John Burke

Precious Metal Bullion

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Experienced investors are aware of the short-term benefits that precious metal bullion investments have. Short-term holding periods for precious metal bullion are normally for fourteen months, or less, since prices regularly hover near the current spot price of their respective precious metal. For the benefit of novice investors, and the aid of experienced investors, the following is a brief overview of precious metal bullion.

Gold Silver Bars: Diversification of both types is recommended for optimal wealth protection, and potential profit gains. Household investors typically invest in one, and ten-ounce precious metal bullion bars, although one hundred-ounce bars, are available. Reputable brand names for bullion bars include Johnson Matthey, PAMP Suisse, Credit Suisse, and Engelhard.

Gold Coins: (22 Karat Gold Coins): American Eagles, and South African Krugerrands. American Eagles are also acceptable IRA contributions, and are available in proof form, and ultra-high proof form.
(24 Karat Gold Coins): American Buffalos, Canadian Maple Leafs, and Australian Kangaroos and Koalas, as well as Australian Lunar Coins, and Chinese Pandas

Silver Coins: Silver American Eagles (Also acceptable IRA contributions), Morgan Silver Dollars, Peace Dollars, Silver Pandas, Silver Koalas, and Silver Maple Leafs.

It’s important for investors not to discount the value of silver diversification. Silver historically outperforms gold on a percentage basis, and silver prices aren’t as directly related with dollar values as gold prices are. Investors are encouraged to continue with this site, or to contact one of our friendly investment specialists, who offer institutional discounts to household investors like you.

Shawn Cunningham

Precious Metal Gold

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Investments in precious metal gold have been a reliable means of sustaining and supplementing wealth for centuries. Throughout recorded history, gold has always been the real value behind virtually any fiat currency that was printed, although investing in precious metal gold was reserved strictly for the outrageously wealthy, or royalty. Today, because of economic development, and modern technology, household investors can invest in precious metal gold, for both long-term financial protection, as well as for potential short-term profit. Historically, the cost of precious metal gold increases, when dollar values continue to depreciate. Presently, dollar values are threatened by the onset of the current inflationary period we’ve just entered. There’s much speculation as to how long this cycle will last, and savvy investors aren’t taking any chances with their hard-earned wealth.

Over the past few years, these investors have been growing exponentially in number, as traditional investments in stocks and bonds have gravely threatened their long-term financial well being. Subsequently, they have been investing in rare coin, as the numismatic value of rare coin generally tends to appreciate over time. More and more investors are purchasing certified rare coins, because their numismatic value is designated with an official “mint state grade”. Many investors enjoy the added peace of mind that certified coins render, and are thus willing to pay the added premium that they command. Two of the most popular rare coins among long-term investors are $20 Saint Gaudens, and Lady Liberty, 22 Karat gold coins. Well-diversified gold investments usually include gold bullion for short-term profit, as bullion prices usually adhere closely to gold spot prices. Popular bullion investments include coins like 22 Karat American Eagles, or South African Krugerrands. Bullion bars are also popular, and reputable names like Johnson Matthey, or PAMP Suisse, are recommended for purity. Investors are urged to continue exploring this website, or to contact one of our friendly gold specialists, for expert investment advise, and large-volume discounts.

John Burke

Precious Metal Funds

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Over the past handful of years, investors have been running for cover, from the collapse of traditional investments in stocks and bonds. Retirement account holders have been hit especially hard, with IRA’s losing over three trillion dollars, since 2001. Consequently, more and more investors have been converting their anemic investments in stocks and bonds into precious metal funds. Diversified investments in gold and silver have benefited household investors for decades, and many financial and economic experts believe that our current global economic crisis, warrants investments, like diversified precious metal funds.

Gold and silver bullion-backed IRA’s are growing exponentially among baby boomers in particular, with diversified investments in one, and ten-ounce gold and silver bars, and 22 Karat gold, and silver bullion coins. Gold and silver American Eagle bullion coins are favorites among patriotic, American investors, who enjoy the added security of taking physical possession of their precious metal funds. These beautiful, bullion coins are also offered in proofs, as their near mirror-like finish, or “relief” is a genuine tribute to modern American minting technology. Most experienced precious metals investors recommend physical possession of at least some of their metal, as they empower investors with economic independence, especially in the event of a financial emergency. Investors in ETF’s, or Exchange Traded Funds, may want to consider diversifying part of their Internet bullion shares into physical metal, as institutional discounts are available to household investors. Readers are encouraged to continue exploring this website, or to contact one of our highly trained precious metal specialists to assist them with their investment needs.

John Burke

Precious Metal Prices

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Precious metal prices are only one facet of investment. Many novice investors make the mistake of becoming so preoccupied with precious metal prices, that they sometimes make a purchase that isn’t representative of their specific, long-term and short-term financial needs and expectations. Precious Metal Prices have a tendency to rise and fall in cycles, and it’s important for investors to carefully implement their buying strategies, in accordance to these cycles. For example, we are about to experience another long-term inflationary cycle, and a great many wise investors are concerned with preserving their wealth, through long-term investments in rare coin. $20 Double Eagle coins, like Lady Liberty’s, and Saint Gaudens, are among the more popular rare coins, and investors can continue with this site, or log onto www.GoldPrice.net, for institutional discounts on these and other rare coins.

Precious metal prices on rare coins are slightly higher, for those that have been certified by either the PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), or the NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation). For a small premium, both of these companies use their respective teams of rare coin experts to evaluate the inherent, numismatic value of rare coins, and assign each coin an official “mint state grade”. Investors can log onto www.pcgs.com, or www.ngccoin.com, for the latest retail prices on certified rare coins. Short-term investors generally invest in bullion bars and coins, like Johnson Matthey and Credit Suisse bullion bars, and American Eagle bullion coins. American Eagles are also used for government-backed IRA’s. Investors are urged to continue with this site, or to contact one of our friendly precious metal specialists, who can offer institutional discounts on these, and other items.

John Burke