A History of Gold
Gold is one of the most durable metals on the planet. Gold is unreactive, which means it doesn’t rust or tarnish. Its natural properties and allure have made it an object of human fascination for thousands of years, while its longevity has helped make it one of civilization’s most trusted stores of wealth. Gold is synonymous with wealth, and currency without gold content or gold-backing is a relatively recent modern phenomenon.
The Gold Market
With that long history, it didn’t take long for investors to buy gold to store wealth as soon as it was disconnected from the U.S. dollar. Industrial uses for gold only account for about 12% of global gold consumption. In addition to jewelry, it’s used in electronics, dentistry, computers, aerospace, building, and glass pigmenting, but most gold becomes gold bullion and banks, governments, and individual investors buy gold to store or trade.
Buy Gold to Beat Inflation
The gold price is known for keeping up with inflation. As a rule of thumb, what you could buy with 1 ounce of gold 100 years ago is what you could buy today. For example, in 1918 the average cost of a house in the United States was $3,200 or 155 ounces of gold (fixed at $20.67 USD). Today, the average U.S. house at $188,900 would cost about 145 ounces of gold. That’s why investors buy gold as a hedge against inflation.
Tracking the Gold Price
The gold price is not nearly as volatile as the silver price, but it pays to keep track of gold prices. One way that gold investors play the gold market is exchanging gold for silver and vice versa when the gold price creates an opportunity to increase your wealth. The gold price and silver price typically reflect each other and the gold-to-silver ratio remains steady, but they don’t always move at the same time, creating opportunities for active investors. Keep your eye on the gold price and seize on opportunities.
Types of Gold Bullion
You can buy gold online in many shapes and sizes, including gold coins, gold bars, and even gold bullion jewelry. Gold coins and gold bars typically offer the best security for the lowest premiums, but depending on your reasons for buying gold, Aurum gold wafers and gold bullion jewelry may also make sense as an easily divisible way to make transactions with gold or as a discrete way to store gold.
Storing and Shipping with Gold Dealers
Gold buyers can save money on shipping and storing their investments compared to silver buyers simply because 1 ounce of gold is worth more (a lot more) than 1 ounce of silver. Shipping and storing savings are important to your bottom line. Every time you pay anything over spot for gold, you’re dipping into your return on investments. One of the most cost effective and secure ways to store gold bullion is in allocated gold storage with Silver Gold Bull. The prices are low, you enjoy complete security, and your gold coins and gold bars are stored separate from all of our other client’s holdings.
Buy Gold with Bitcoin
The first Bitcoin transaction ever carried out was in 2010. The first gold transaction was over 6000 years ago. Investors with large holdings in Bitcoin, Ethereum, LiteCoin, Bitcoin Cash, or any other cryptocurrency can now buy gold with Bitcoin and diversify their portfolio. If you’re worried about the volatility of cryptocurrencies, investing in gold is a great way to preserve your wealth.