Make America Gold Again
Make America Gold Again
Gold and other gold-related investments are on a massive run this year.
If you’re looking to invest in gold, look no further. I’ve done a lot of research, consulted with the experts and created a comprehensive guide on what to do (and what not to do) when handling gold in all forms.
Today I will show you five do’s and don’t when it comes to investing in gold. Let’s get started…
#1. Gold Bullion: Do
Gold bullion is simply a term for gold bars or gold ingots. You can determine the value of the bullion by finding out its purity and mass, otherwise known as its precious metals content.
You can also buy it in the form of jewelry and coins (although we don’t recommend jewelry because it depreciates 20% as soon as it leaves the store, but we will talk more about that later).
These gold pieces can be stored in your at-home safe or a safety-deposit box at your local bank.
One of the pros of purchasing this hard asset is avoiding large premiums. When you buy gold above the spot price, you are buying gold with a higher premium. The spot price is the current price per ounce exchanged on global commodity markets.
The price you buy it at determines the amount the price of gold needs to rise in order for you to make a profit.
If you want to calculate the premium of your gold bullion, subtract the spot price from the price you are being quoted, divide that by the spot price and multiply by 100.
The highest premium you should be willing to pay is 10%. The longer you want to hold onto the gold investment, the closer to the spot price you should try to get.
A caveat I recommend keeping an eye out for is buying rare coins. The premiums can go wildly high and that isn’t what we are looking for.
#2. Gold ETFs: Do
A gold exchange-traded fund, or a gold ETF, gives you the opportunity to have gold in your portfolio without worrying about where to hold onto a physical asset. This is also known as a commodity ETF.
ETFs are very similar to individual stocks. They trade on an exchange in the same way.
This technique allows you to diversify the type of gold you’re investing in. Typically, with each share of an ETF that you buy, you possess the equivalent of 10% of an ounce of gold.
When there are too many investors looking to buy these shares, the ETF issuer must buy more actual gold to transform into stock. If there aren’t any buyers when an investor is looking to sell, the company has to sell the gold equivalent.
As I mentioned earlier, you will not own physical gold if you invest in gold ETFs. You will always receive the cash equivalent when you sell.
I also like gold ETFs because they act as a hedge against disruptions in the economic and political world. They also protect against the lowering value of currencies. When the dollar isn’t doing well, gold tends to go up.
Two types of gold are stored in ETFs. You have allocated gold, which is physical gold held onto by large banks. Then you have unallocated gold, which is when gold futures are traded by authorized companies.
Gold futures are simply standardized, exchange-traded contracts in which the contract buyer agrees to buy a specific amount of gold from a seller at a predetermined price on a future date.
To recap, if you’d like to own shares of gold without having to deal with the physical property itself, gold ETFs are a good place to start.
#3. Gold ETNs: Don’t
Gold exchange-traded notes, or gold ETNs, are a risk that I don’t recommend taking.
This is an unsecured debt security that is typically issued by a bank. The value of an ETN depends on stock index movements and other barometers.
Gold ETNs are a tool used to track the price of gold. They represent an agreement to pay you a certain amount that corresponds with the gold they’re tracking. They are similar to bonds because they are contingent on the issuer.
If the issuer goes bankrupt, so do you.
You give the issuer money for a predetermined amount of time. When the money matures, the issuer pays you based off the performance of what the ETN has measured.
I don’t recommend ETNs because there is no protection on your investment. If the performance that the ETN is based on is not going well, you can lose all of your investment.
#4. Gold Miner Stocks: Do
It’s time to look at the source of where all this gold is coming from. Mining companies are a great place to allocate your dedicated gold funds.
When investing in mining companies you want to make sure that you are looking at the quality of the company you are investing in. Consistently strong production, capable management and reserve growth are good factors for you to keep in mind.
I would also recommend looking at companies that partner with small-cap companies to keep their inventory reinforced.
Investing in the small-cap companies themselves can be risky. Make sure you conduct your own due diligence first.
Another great thing about gold mining stocks is that the higher the spot price of gold goes above the miner’s production cost, the more profitable the shares will be to you.
Gold is a hedge, and in a volatile market, it’s worth keeping up with.
#5. Gold Jewelry: Don’t
The BBC quotes Harsh Roongta of the price comparison website ApnaPaisa.com saying, “Jewelry is a very bad investment.” I agree.
Much like a car, its value depreciates by around 20% the moment it leaves the store.
Back in 2010, Today did a test where they sent out gold to 10 different companies to test the professional diagnoses on the worth of their gold jewelry. They saw returns as low as 8% with an average of about 51%.
Imagine paying $300 for a gold chain and upon selling it receiving only $24 back!
That doesn’t sound like a profitable investment to me. But if you heed my advice here, you’ll be well on your way to getting the most out of your gold investments.