Investment Methods in Gold

Purchase of bullion gold bars is the most conventional method of investing in gold. In some nations such as Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria and Argentina, dealers can easily sell or purchase them over the counters of major banks. Instead, there are bullion dealers providing the same form of service. There are various sizes of gold bars available in the bullion market. Typically, in Europe, these are either available in 12.5 kg bars or 1 kg bars. However, other weight units also exist such as 1oz bar, 10 oz bar and the Tael.

 

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The popular way of holding gold is by purchasing gold coins as an investment. Usually, the prices of bullion coins depend on the weight, with no or little premium above the price of gold. The most popular bullion gold coins include the Australian Gold Nugget, the American Gold Buffalo, the American Gold Eagle, the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf and the South African Kruggerrand.

 

Miscellaneous Methods of Investments in Gold:

 

Gold Certificates: Investment in gold does not mean storing the actual gold bullion. Rather, the gold investors can hold certificate of ownership. The Gold certificate permits the investors to sell and buy the security without any hassles involved in the transfer of the actual physical gold. The only government guaranteed gold certificate program that exists in the world is the Perth Mint Certificate Program. It offers the investors the ability to store platinum, silver and gold in an unallocated account without any storage cost.

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Gold Accounts: Majority of Swiss banks provide gold accounts, wherein investors can easily sell or purchase gold just as a foreign currency.