Guide to Gold Investing

Gold provides more financial insurance than other investments because it is a universal commodity that can be held and protected. For anyone trying to become more familiar with Gold investing, here are the most common ways to get started:


Physical Gold

  • Gold Bars and Rounds
    When you buy bullion, you get the actual metal to hold in your hands. Typically sold in the form of bars and rounds, you oversee storing your Gold in the location of your choice and selling it or trading it as you see fit. This is a popular option for those who want to physically pass their Gold investments to heirs.
  • Gold Coins
    Gold coins carry similar value to Gold bars and rounds in terms of Gold content but may also carry additional premium based on rarity and collectibility. This type of Gold investment is preferable to people who enjoy history or have portfolios that include antiques and works of art. Consider these top 10 Gold coins for investment.
  • Gold Accounts
    With an allocated Gold account, a bank will take your money, purchase real Gold and store it in a secure location until you are ready to sell. With an unallocated Gold account, the bank will invest your money in Gold but will not obtain the actual metal for storage. When you are ready to cash out, the bank will return your money based on the current price of Gold compared to when your investment originated.

Stocks and “Paper” Gold

  • Exchange Traded Funds
    Securities give you ownership over the changes in the value of the price and you make money when the price of Gold goes up. Examples of common Gold stocks include mining companies, commercial mints and publicly held companies that deal in Gold.
  • Futures Contracts
    When you invest in futures, you purchase a contract for a commodity at its current value with a fulfillment of the goods at a later date. Instead of exchanging actual Gold, you profit on the difference between what you expect the price to be and what the actual future price turns out to be.

If you choose to buy Physical Gold and have it delivered to you, consider the best storage options for protection from theft and environmental damage. When buying Gold stocks, it is imperative to research the companies behind your investment.

APMEX recommends discussing the pros and cons of investing with a financial adviser or professional.

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