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How to Invest in Precious Metals on a Budget

Buying Precious Metals may seem out of reach to novice investors on a budget. After all, Gold, Silver and Platinum are three of the most valuable natural resources in the world. Long admired and appreciated for their aesthetic and practical uses, Precious Metals are easy to purchase and known as low-risk investments that will stand the test of time. For anyone looking to start a portfolio with limited resources, following a few simple guidelines will make sure your venture into the Precious Metals market is uncomplicated, worthwhile and even fun.

START BY INVESTING TIME
Just like shopping for any other commodity, buying Precious Metals requires a little more time upfront. You want to research the retailers, mints and manufacturers that have the best reputation for selling quality bullion pieces at the best price. Over time, you may discover that you prefer Gold and Silver products from particular mints, such as the U.S. Mint or PAMP Suisse. Even though all of the top mints in the world guarantee a certain level of quality and craftsmanship, buying Precious Metals is a personal practice that allows investors to buy based on design elements and historical significance.

USE SPARE CHANGE TO BUY PRECIOUS METALS
Some people save their pocket change to buy Christmas presents, while others break open their piggy banks when it is time for a vacation. Anyone looking to acquire Precious Metals on a budget can save everyday pocket change like dimes and quarters, then cash them in periodically to buy Precious Metals. Since Precious Metals are available in many different sizes and price points, you will always be able to find something in your price range.

CREATE A GAME PLAN
Make a calendar that outlines your buying frequency.  For example, you may want to make an investment once a week or every other month, depending on your budget and the current price of Precious Metals. Spreading your purchases out over time minimizes your risk of buying when prices are too high and maximizes your chances of getting assets when prices are low.

BE OPEN TO BUYING ONE COIN AT A TIME
Not everyone can make large acquisitions on a regular basis. Buying one coin at a time is accessible to many budget investors. Nobody says you have to buy a suitcase full of Gold bars to get into the Precious Metals market. For example, some collectors buy a single coin from the same annual series upon release.

STAY SKEPTICAL OF DEALS THAT ARE TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE
If you see a coin buying opportunity that is significantly cheaper than current market prices, it is likely that the products for sale are not authentic. Always stay up-to-date on current market prices and only do business with sellers that have a long-standing reputation for quality.

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

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