How to Invest in Gold Using Stocks and ETFs

In a recent article, I said that you shouldn’t invest in gold ETFs but bullion instead. Here I’d like to qualify that statement. Gold stocks and ETFs aren’t always a bad idea. They can be a great investment, but only if you’re planning to hold them in the short term.

Gold ETFs are usually a bet against the market or – more specifically – the dollar. Of course, this is true of gold in general. If the dollar goes down then gold (usually) goes up and vice versa. ETFs are sometimes better than gold, though, because they’re easier to buy and sell.

This is because:
* High liquidity: Nowadays you can trade ETFs with a few clicks. That means … read more ->

Advantages to Buying Physical Gold Instead of ETFs

There is a lot of uncertainty in the world right now. The US has a new president that nobody can predict. Britain is leaving Europe. Le Pen, who has vowed to do the same with France, looks almost certain to make it to the presidential run-offs. And North Korea – called by Trump the US’s greatest foreign threat – is testing missiles and murdering family of Kim Jung-un on foreign soil.

With this much insecurity about it is only natural to want some kind of financial safety. Gold has long been that safe haven. Even better, when the world is less secure, the price of gold often rises. That’s exactly what’s been happening. From the New Year till the end … read more ->

Why Own Gold? – 6 Reasons Why Investors Own Gold

There are six primary reasons why investors own gold:

  1.  As a hedge against inflation.
  2.  As a hedge against a declining dollar.
  3.  As a safe haven in times of geopolitical and financial market instability.
  4.  As a commodity, based on gold’s supply and demand fundamentals.
  5.  As a store of value.
  6.  As a portfolio diversifier.

Gold is a monetary metal whose price is determined by inflation, by fluctuations in the dollar and U.S. stocks, by currency-related crises, interest rate volatility and international tensions, and by increases or decreases in the prices of other commodities. The price of gold reacts to supply and demand changes and can be influenced by consumer spending and overall levels of affluence.

Gold is different from other precious metals … read more ->