Platinum is the most precious metal on Earth. With its incredible properties and inalienable significance in industrial technology, it’s no wonder platinum is so coveted. More valuable than gold and silver, platinum represents prestige among the elements. Platinum has a special place in history and should likewise have a special place in your investment portfolio. The timeless precious metal will always have value and always have demand.

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President Joe Biden’s administration is being pressured by their supporters to erase the exorbitant student loan debt in the United States, which has hit record highs of over $1.71 trillion collectively owed. President Biden has not compromised his original $10,000 per borrower campaign pledge. Democratic senators, including Elizabeth Warren, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Ed Markey of Massachusetts are holding Biden accountable in using his presidential authority to pursue a more ambitious goal of cancelling $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower. Student loan forgiveness has been a hot topic on the Biden agenda since the beginning of his campaign and a hot topic in the United States since Occupy Wall Street. The United States has a whopping $1.7 […]

The Real Price Of Government Bailouts


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Imagine a scenario where the demand for precious metals significantly increases. Gold is being bought and sold en masse and traded as a currency. This could be the result of an economic crisis where the value of the US dollar ($USD) plummets. Would there be enough gold and silver to go around?  Gold Is Finite, Therefore Expensive  Gold is a finite resource that was actually formed in outer space before it was kneaded into the veins of the Earth by geothermal activity. It takes a lot of mining to produce a single ounce of gold. Once bought, it rarely leaves the hands of the buyer, as it’s most often bought as insurance. It’s understandable why it’s so valuable and why […]

Will There Be Enough Physical Gold And Silver?




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Some people are interested in buying gold as insurance. It’s important to be realistic when doing so.  As we discussed in a previous article, when you buy gold as an investment, you’re betting on something happening that will make the price go up. When it comes to insurance, however, you’re not betting on a crisis that will result in a surge in prices any more than you’re betting on getting in a car accident to collect your auto insurance. If you’re expecting the price of gold to go up, you’re not buying it for insurance purposes. Instead, when you buy gold for insurance, you’re giving yourself the option to put it towards any unexpected emergency that may arise in your […]

When Gold Is Bought For Insurance


It’s important to keep in mind the reasons you’re buying the gold in the first place. What are your goals and is buying gold going to achieve your goals? Does gold actually have the utility you think it does?   As we discussed in previous articles, the value of gold is dependent on the US dollar and the popularity of gold investing but it’s also ultimately dependent on whether or not anyone deems it a valuable exchange at all. Gold is a currency like any other that you want to be able to exchange for value. Given the choice, you wouldn’t want to own gold over actual resources. So there must be a catalyst that makes gold attractive, such as an […]

Why Are You Buying Gold?



When it comes to buying gold, you need to go into it with the right mindset. You need to know what is realistic and what is not. We’ve been in the business for several decades and have seen too many people who want to invest in gold for the wrong reasons. There are issues you need to be aware of before purchasing gold and precious metals. Naturally, any gold dealer will probably tell you investing in gold is a wonderful idea with no downsides. We want to save you from any disappointment and ensure you’re well-educated and informed before you make your purchase.  Investing in gold is one way to diversify your investment portfolio but is it the same as […]

Managing Expectations When Buying Gold


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Gold purity is of particular concern when you’re buying and selling gold in the United States, Canada or Australia.  Remember Why You’re Buying In The First Place It’s important to stay focused on your purpose for buying gold. You’re building an investment portfolio, which means you ultimately want to be able to exchange the gold for its value. Don’t Get Less For Your Investment If you buy gold bars that are 99.5% pure in a country that requires their gold to be purified up to .9999%, you risk being charged more when you go to exchange them for their value. The reason for this is, there aren’t enough investors coming in to buy 99.5% gold bars, so you’ll be charged […]

Why Gold Bars Should Be .9999% Pure


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You can save money by resisting the temptation to swipe your credit card on large transactions.  Credit card companies charge vendors around 3%. This is how credit card companies earn money, which is the money they use to give their customers points whenever they use their card. Many customers prefer to use their credit card to earn the points— however, this is shortsighted, since many people don’t realize the points are actually coming from the credit card fees they are paying. Companies are not allowed to charge any more than this percentage for credit card transactions. To make up for this fee, vendors mark their prices up an extra 3-4%. This fee may be insignificant when you’re buying a latte […]

Should I Use My Credit Card to Buy Gold or ...



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Being an educated consumer is inoculation against scams and bad investments. To sharpen your discernment, you must know what to look for when you set out to make your purchase. Reputation  The first thing you need to look for when buying precious metals is a reputable dealer you can trust. Research the reputation of the company you’re looking to buy from. How long have they been in business? What do people say about them? Where are they located— can you visit them in person?  If other people can vouch for how knowledgeable the company is and how they were able to deliver a smooth buying experience, then you can feel more at ease doing business with them. A gold trading […]

What To Look For When Buying Precious Metals


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People wonder whether they should buy 24-karats gold coins or 22-karat gold. Which one is a better value? 24k gold is the popular standard that most people recognize as pure and ideal. The Canadian Maple Leaf, Austrian Philharmonic, Chinese Panda and the US Buffalo are all 24k gold coins. While the 24k American Gold Buffalo coin, for example, is a favorite among many, US Mint production figures reveal that the American Gold Eagle, a 22k gold coin, is actually in higher demand.  Many people have never heard of 22k gold. It means the gold content is only 90%, whereas with 24k gold, the gold content is 99.99%. This doesn’t mean there’s any less gold in it, however. A 24k gold […]

Pure Gold Coins Vs. 22K Gold Coins (91.67%)


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The second most commonly asked question we receive at Bullion Trading is “how do I know if it’s real?” This is a legitimate concern in this business. Scams in the gold and silver business have been around since ancient times. In 2012, there was a counterfeiting scandal right here in the Diamond District that heightened customer apprehension about being sold fakes. A dealer was sold hollowed-out gold bars that were filled with tungsten, which is the substance closest in density to gold (to the trained expert, it still falls significantly short). When another customer came in to buy gold, he ended up being sold the counterfeits that were in stock. The customer was reimbursed by the dealer and the media […]

“How Do I Know If It’s Real?”



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Buying gold online is easy and convenient. You choose what you want to buy, add it to your shopping cart, enter your credit card information and check out, all from the comfort of your phone or computer. This is not always as simple as it sounds. With high-ticket precious metals, you may not want to compromise the quality of your buying experience for convenience.  Gold prices are dependent on constantly shifting, complex economic factors. Online dealers have to concern themselves with price fluctuations very differently than dealers with physical stores. When you buy gold in person, you are buying the gold for the price that it is at that time. When you buy online, the price is what the price of gold is at the […]

Buying and Selling Online Vs. Buying and Selling In Person


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Gold has been counterfeited for as long as there’s been currency. The first incidence of gold counterfeiting is recorded as being in Lydia, Greece around 600BCE, which is the birthplace of the world’s first coin.  Then there’s the legend of the Greek physicist Archimedes and his water displacement experiments. He famously proved that a goldsmith had counterfeited the gold crown of King Hieron II by submerging the crown in water and determining how much water was displaced. It was suspected that the goldsmith used silver for the crown and kept the gold for himself. Pure gold has a higher density than silver and displaces less water than silver because silver has a higher volume. So when he placed the crown […]

The History Of Gold Counterfeiting


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The most common question first time gold buyers ask is, “should I buy coins or bars?” The first thing to always keep in mind when deciding on buying coins or bars is that the melt value of the metal does not actually change depending on its form. An ounce of gold is going to have the same value across the board, whether it’s in the form of a coin or a bar.  Gold and silver coins are government-issued legal tender. In addition to their intrinsic value, there’s a value placed on them by governments that banks are legally required to exchange for readily-available funds. However, this value is always going to be lower than its intrinsic value, which is determined […]

Should I Buy Coins Or Bars?



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Gold has always been the go-to investment that people turn to during times of uncertainty. It doesn’t move with market prices and it’s unaffected by inflation. When stock prices are down, the value of gold is typically soaring. If you’re thinking about purchasing gold or other precious metals during this pandemic, here are a couple of things to consider: Gold is Less Volatile Precious metals like gold seem to be inversely related to the value of the US dollar. So when the dollar is down (like it is now), the value of gold is up. Because of this, during times of recession and uncertainty, gold and silver have typically been looked to as “safe havens”. It’s the currency that we […]

Should You Invest in Gold During COVID-19?


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Up until the election, The U.S. presidential race has been more of a distraction than a direct influence on the gold market but going forward expect the precious metal to be a winner no matter the outcome. For gold, the election isn’t a “blue versus red” competition between the Democrats and Republicans, says Frank Holmes, chief executive officer of U.S. Global Investors. It is a “push the gold button” event, he says. Let me explain in simple terms why gold is a buy no matter who wins. First there are a few things that you need to understand. Gold is priced all over the world in U.S. Dollars. Therefore, if anyone outside of the United States is considering buying gold […]

Post election and the price of gold


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The State of New Jersey imposes a 7% sales tax on all collectible commodities such as precious metals, bullion, tokens, medallions and any numismatic goods. This applies to online purchases.  This tax is collected on all purchases regardless of whether the vendor calculated it into the total.  Even if the vendor failed to include it in your total at checkout, you, the customer, are still responsible for paying it. It’s the law. You don’t want unpaid taxes to catch up with you. It’s best to get them out of the way upon making the purchase. Many people think sale taxes are imposed by the IRS but this is not true. Sales taxes are determined on a state-to-state basis.  It’s safe to […]

New Jersey Residents and The 7% Sales Tax on Precious ...



Today we are taking our weekly look at the charts for gold and silver. Republicans and Democrats continue to play the “will they, won’t they?” video game over another stimulus plan in a Covid19 damaged US economy. An arrangement on a package will ultimately be seen as favorable for the marketplaces but, with the US Election simply weeks away this may show to prolong negotiations or postpone decisions until the outcomes of the election are clear and accepted by all. Will Gold Now Retest $1,930? As you can see from the gold chart below, gold has actually rallied on positive stimulus news and drew back as negotiations stall. After the previous “false break” above $1,910, gold when again closed above […]

[ChartWatch] Is the United States Election the “Cork in the ...


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Gold production and purchase, in coins and other types, have actually increased dramatically over previous years and continue to show growth, diversification, and need in a robust and diverse market. Gold’s resistance to corrosion, its relative compactness, and its ability to retain its value and even appreciate in value makes it a solid option to think about. In addition, capital gains tax payment is only essential in advance during the sale itself when it comes to purchases of gold. Gold coins weighing one ounce are suggested to supply the tiniest premium over the spot price, though a large number of smaller variants of these coins also exist and can and need to be bought. Gold American Eagle A perfect expression […]

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