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The Many Ways To Invest In Gold

By Teri B Clark

Gold is not just an ancient metal with no usefulness in today's society. Gold's value is also on the rise. Therefore, the obvious question is this: How do you get gold for yourself?

Gold Markets Around the World

Today, gold trades in many markets around the world. At any time of the day or night, a current market price is being established somewhere. Two of the most important world markets, however, are in London and New York.

The London market is one of the oldest in the world and is the largest market for physical gold. Since September 12, 1919 the price of gold has been set at "the London gold fix" and this price is used in contract arrangements around the world. Today, the gold fixings take place at 10:30am and 3pm and provide published prices that are used as official pricing medium by producers, consumers and central banks.

The New York market opens as the second London fix takes place and gold then trades throughout the day. The New York market is particularly noted for the volume of "paper gold transactions" such as futures contracts that are traded on the exchange.

There are other important gold markets in Zurich, Tokyo, Sydney, Hong Kong and elsewhere - so gold is being traded somewhere 24 hours a day.

Investment in gold can take many forms. What follows is a summary outlining various investment vehicles, their advantages, disadvantages, and levels of risk.

Gold Bullion Bars & Coins

Gold bars are offered in a variety of weights and sizes. Since broker commissions are typically low, bullion is the most cost efficient way of owning actual gold. Be sure to get gold that bears the hallmark of internationally recognized refiners so that it will be easier to sell.

Another popular way to own gold and have it in your physical possession is through gold bullion coins. Gold bullion coins are actually the money of the issuing country and have a guaranteed gold content. The face value of the coin is not the true value. The true value depends upon the gold content and the price for gold at the time.

Bullion coins are minted in affordable weights such as 1/20, 1/10, 1/4, 1/2, and one ounce (about 31 grams). The bullion coin represents an investment in pure gold and, because it is legal tender, its authenticity is guaranteed by the country of origin. Gold bullion coins can be easily bought and sold virtually anywhere in the world. Prices for the most popular one ounce coins are quoted daily in most newspapers around the world.

Some of the most popular bullion coins are the American Eagle, the Australian Kangaroo Nugget, the UK Britannia, the Canadian Maple Leaf, the Austrian Philharmonic, and the South African Krugerrand.

Gold coins are traded throughout the world on a daily basis as an integral part of the international gold business, so they always have a ready market, and the spread between the buying and selling price is usually quite small.

While bullion coins are normally purchased for their intrinsic value, they are also appreciated for their artistic appeal and beauty. Coins make memorable and valuable gifts, are easy to store, easy to transport, and anonymous.

Gold Statement Accounts

Gold statements are obligations of the issuing institution to deliver upon demand, a specific quantity and fineness of gold. An investment in a statement account provides safe and convenient storage and allows investors to buy gold in convenient dollar amounts.

There are two types of gold accounts: allocated and unallocated.

Holding gold in an allocated account is like keeping it in a safety deposit box. Specific bars, which are numbered and identified by hallmark, weight, and fineness, are allocated to each particular investor, who has to pay the custodian for storage and insurance.

Many investors prefer to hold gold in unallocated accounts, which are similar to foreign exchange accounts. Unless investors take delivery of their gold, they do not have specific bars ascribed to them. An advantage of unallocated accounts is that investors do not incur storage and insurance charges. However, they are exposed to the credit-worthiness of the bank or dealer providing the service in the same way that they would be if they had any other type of account.

Gold Accumulation Plans

Gold Accumulation Plans (GAPs) are similar to conventional savings plans in that they are based on the principle of putting aside a fixed sum of money every month. What makes GAPs different from ordinary savings plans is that the fixed sum is invested in gold.

A Gold Accumulation Plan is set up just like most other savings accounts. The investor commits to investing a fixed amount every month, usually for a minimum period of one year, although about 90% of contracts are rolled over (extended) when the one-year term is complete. Once the Plan is set up, installments are withdrawn from the investor's bank account automatically.

The monthly amount is then used to buy gold every trading day in that month. The advantage of this is that less gold is bought when the price is high, and more is bought when the price is low, since the daily amount of money invested is fixed.

At any time during the contract term, or when the account is closed, investors can get their gold in the form of bullion bars or coins, and sometimes even in the form of jewelry. Of course, they can also get cash should they choose to sell their gold.

Gold Options

A gold option provides you with the right to buy or sell gold at a fixed price at some specified future date. Investors may take or make delivery of the gold underlying the contract on its maturity although, in practice, that is unusual. The major benefit is that such contracts are traded on margin, that is only a fraction of the value of the contract has to be paid up front. As a result an investment in a futures contract, whether from the long or the short side, tends to be highly geared to the price of bullion and consequently more volatile.

The cost of a futures contract is determined by the "initial margin", that is the cash deposit that has to be paid to the broker. This is only a fraction of the price of the gold underlying the contract thus enabling the investor to control a value of gold that is considerably greater than the cash outlay.

Futures contracts are traded on regulated commodity exchanges, the largest of which are the New York Mercantile Exchange Comex Division and the Tokyo Commodity Exchange.

Gold options give the holder the right but not the obligation to buy ("call option") or sell ("put" option) a specified quantity of gold at a pre-determined price by an agreed date. The cost of such an option depends on the current spot price of gold, the level of the pre-agreed price, known as the "strike price", interest rates, the anticipated volatility of the gold price and the period remaining until the agreed date.

Mutual Funds

A number of mutual funds and investment trusts specialize in investing in the shares of gold mining companies. The appreciation potential of a gold mining company share depends on market expectations of the future price of gold, the costs of mining it, the likelihood of additional gold discoveries and several other factors. To a degree, therefore, it depends on the future earnings and growth potential of the company.

Most gold mining equities tend to be three to four times as volatile as the gold price. While they are subject to the same risk factors that influence the prices of most other equities there are additional risks that are specific to the mining business generally and to individual mining companies specifically.

With gold mutual funds, you are buying general market risk instead of company-specific risk. Mutual funds diversify their holdings among dozens of companies. Some funds offer a broad mix of international mining stocks, while others invest in specific regions such as North America, Australia or South Africa.

If you are planning to have gold as part of your portfolio, you will undoubtedly have it in one of these many ways. Determining which way is right for you is a matter best discussed with your broker or financial advisor. Regardless of the path you choose, always remember to diversify!

About The Author:

Teri B. Clark is a professional writer and published author offering writing help for professionals. Her book, Private Mortgage Investing, is a finalist in the Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Award. Her book, 301 Things You Can Do To Sell Your Home NOW and For More Money Than You Thought, has just been released. Learn more about Teri at http://TeriBClark.com

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The economic stability of many nations is in question today and the response of many is to put away something that will retain its value should the currency fail. To that end many are buying precious metals in both coin and bullion form, metals such as platinum, silver and of course gold.

Of the three gold has the biggest demand and the easiest to buy if you can afford it. But there are a few who have the ability to get their gold without buying it. They mine, dredge or pan for it. Then off to the assay office where they can sell it or they refine the gold themselves and store it away for a rainy day.

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Today gold is primarily used as a currency reserve, but it has many other uses ranging from high end jewelry where the look and feel of gold are the benchmark. To technological applications due to the unique properties that gold possesses.

Its extremely high electrical conductivity and resistance to corrosion make the metal ideal for use in micro electrical circuit boards. Its lack of toxicity and bio compatibility make it indispensable in dentistry and medicine. Gold is also in demand for use in corrosive atmospheres and its ability to block infra red make its use as a heat shield attractive.

Since near the dawn of time gold, along with silver has been used as currency. During the 19th century it assumed a role as the sole basis of the currencies of most nations.

The original gold standard of the 19th century was gradually abandoned (in the United States paper money is no longer directly convertible into gold since 1934) and the money moved from a gold standard to a fiat standard in the 70's. Thank you Mr Nixon.

Ok… background work done, I want to address the people who can find their own gold and how they can process it. To start with, the gold you get from the ground is not pure. There are other things in it that need to be removed.

Silver, platinum and copper are the most common contaminants of gold and while they can be added to gold to make jewelry they are undesired for pure gold. The purity of gold is expressed by the karat system, where the percent of gold by weight is given as a fraction of 24. Therefore pure gold is 24 karat and a 50/50 mixture of gold and another metal is expressed as 12 karat.

So how do you purify the gold?

More importantly do you have enough gold to make the process worth while? Most folks think of just melting the whole thing down and viola there is the gold! Not quite how it works. There are actually 2 processes that are involved, assaying and smelting.

Assaying is determining what you have or how much is in the sample. If you have been out mining and have a lump or three of rock you need to know its composition detailing what is in that rock so that you know “IF” your in the right area to find what it is your looking for, in this case, gold.

The qualitative assay tells you that the rock is made of X,Y and Z and contains A, B and C. You then need a qualitative assay because it tells you how much of what your looking for is in the sample

Smelting on the other hand is kind of like the opposite of assaying. They are both done at very high temperatures. Gold has a melting point of 1,063 deg C and a boiling point of 2,966 deg C.

When I say smelting, many people have visions of gigantic furnaces belching smoke and huge cauldrons bubbling with molten metal. But the truth is that neither is really needed to take gold from its source.

In an assay you are reducing the sample to its component parts to determine its composition.
In a smelting you want to oxidize everything else and leave only, in this case, the gold. To do this you need what is know as a flux.

Odds are that the gold you get will be in pretty good shape to begin with, containing only modest amounts of impurities like black sand, quartz or base metals.

These base metals become salts and are oxidized by the flux where they are trapped until the melt is poured. Other contaminants are also trapped by the flux that then floats to the top of the gold.
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Here is a generic flux for quartz ore samples.

Equal parts of …
Your ample material – Soda (Na2CO3) – Litharge (PbO) – 1/10 part flour – 1/3 part Silica sand or ground glass – 1/10 part of Saltpeter – and 1/10 part borax can be used to thin the molten glass so that it flows better.
WARNING:- Borax attacks the clay crucible so do not use much!

Small smelting furnaces can be purchased from suppliers for a few hundred dollars, most are electrical and can be set up in a back yard shed or garage. They usually have a crucible made of clay but you can also get one made of graphite that helps keep gold in its metallic form.

Heat until the mix until there are no bubbles, foam, or lumps in it. Then pour into a mold and cool. Once cooled remove from the mold, the gangue on top can then be struck with a hammer and removed.

At his point the gold will not be 100% pure as it will still contain small amounts of other metals such as platinum, copper, silver,etc.. but it should be close the other metals can be removed with electrolysis methods or you can just keep or sell the gold as is.

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