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Best Types of Gold and Silver for Investments

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Investing in precious metals is a prudent choice for those looking to diversify their asset portfolio, hedge against inflation, and safeguard their wealth against economic uncertainties. Gold and silver, the two primary precious metals discussed in this context, each exhibit unique qualities that make them attractive to different types of investors.

Why Invest in Gold?

Gold has stood the test of time as the ultimate store of value. Here are some compelling reasons to invest in gold:

  1. Historical Success: Gold is the only form of money that has never failed in its 5,000-year history of usage by mankind. This historical performance establishes gold as the most reliable form of money.

  2. Scarcity: There is only enough investment-grade gold available to provide each person on Earth with merely one-third of an ounce. This scarcity can drive demand and value higher.

  3. Crisis Hedge: During periods of crisis, gold remains the safest investment with potential for value increase. It’s often revalued to account for excess currency in circulation.

  4. Anonymity and Portability: Gold can be a private and portable form of wealth, making it a suitable choice for those looking for discreet investment options.

Why Invest in Silver?

Silver, often referred to as “poor man’s gold,” provides a cost-effective entry point for new investors and offers distinct advantages:

  1. Supply Constraints: There is currently less investment-grade silver available than gold, with enough supply for every person to have only 3 ounces given that only 777 million kg of silver remains in metal form.

  2. Wide Applications: Silver is second only to oil in its range of applications, being critical in industrial uses due to its electrical conductivity, thermal resistance, and reflective properties.

  3. Potential for Explosive Growth: Historical silver-to-gold ratios suggest a significant potential for silver price increments. The current ratio is much higher than historical averages, indicating room for silver’s value to rise substantially should the ratio correct.

Key Considerations for Investing

Define Your Investment Goals

Before diving into precious metals, it’s crucial to outline your investment goals. Are you aiming to protect against inflation, diversify your portfolio, or secure tangible, private assets? Your objective will influence whether you lean more towards gold, silver, or a combination of both.

Physical vs. Non-Physical Metals

Most investors prefer physical metals over non-physical forms such as ETFs and mutual funds because physical metals provide a tangible asset you can hold. Non-physical investments are subject to market and economic fluctuations, whereas physical metals historically maintain value over time.

Best Types of Gold and Silver for Investment

When it comes to investing in gold and silver, the form of the metal can significantly impact its utility and liquidity.

Government-Produced Coins vs. Private Mint Rounds

Government-produced bullion coins such as American Gold Eagles or Canadian Silver Maple Leafs come with guarantees of weight and purity from the issuing government, making them widely recognized and trusted. Though slightly pricier due to their brand recognition and guaranteed purity, these coins are easier to trade and can command better premiums when selling.

Private mint rounds may be cheaper but lack the immediate recognition and guarantees that come with government coins. They are best for investors looking to maximize the amount of metal they can purchase for their budget.

Bars vs. Coins

Gold Bars: Gold bars offer a lower premium over spot price compared to coins, making them a cost-effective investment for those purchasing larger quantities. They are excellent for storing significant value in a compact form.

Silver Bars: Similarly, silver bars, especially larger ones, can be acquired at lower premiums. However, they require substantial storage space compared to gold.

Numismatic Coins: While not typically recommended for new investors due to their higher premiums (based on rarity, age, and condition), numismatic coins can be a worthwhile investment for those with specific knowledge or interest in coin collecting.

Junk Silver: Pre-1965 U.S. coins (dimes, quarters, half-dollars) are composed of 90% silver and are an affordable way to start investing in silver. They are widely recognizable and divisible, making them practical for smaller transactions.

Conclusions

Investing in gold and silver can be tailored to suit different financial goals and budgets. Gold offers stability and compact wealth storage, while silver provides greater growth potential and affordability. Understanding the types of gold and silver products available, from government-issued coins to bars and rounds, can help investors make informed decisions.

Be sure to align your investments with your overall financial strategy, keeping in mind storage considerations for physical metals and the implications of market dynamics on both gold and silver prices. The key is to start with a thoughtful approach and diversify as needed to protect and grow your wealth effectively

Why Consider Investing in Gold?

Gold has been historically reliable as a form of money, evidencing its never-failing status over 5,000 years. It has a limited supply, with only enough investment-grade gold available to allocate one-third of an ounce to every person on Earth. Additionally, gold serves as a crisis hedge and a portable, private form of wealth

Why Consider Investing in Silver?

Silver, known as the “miracle metal,” has less investment-grade availability compared to gold. It is essential for various industrial uses due to its electrical conductivity, thermal resistance, and reflective properties. Historically, silver has shown a significant potential for price growth relative to gold due to its silver-to-gold ratio, which has averaged 16:1 but is presently much higher

What is the Silver-to-Gold Ratio?

This ratio historically averaged around 12:1 to 16:1, meaning it took 12 to 16 ounces of silver to equal the value of one ounce of gold. The current ratio is about 78:1, indicating a higher potential for silver’s price to increase if the ratio corrects to historical averages

Should I Buy Physical or Non-Physical Metals?

Physical metals are recommended because they hold intrinsic value and are less susceptible to market fluctuations affecting non-physical investments like mutual funds and ETFs. Non-physical investments, while convenient, do not provide the tangible value that physical metals offer

What Are the Risks of Counterfeit Metals?

Counterfeit precious metals are becoming increasingly sophisticated, often targeting smaller dealers. It’s crucial to purchase metals from reputable dealers to avoid the risk of acquiring counterfeit products. Serious counterfeit detection capabilities and knowledge about the seller are necessary precautions.

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Terms & Conditions

Trading in gold and other precious metals is risky because the market is volatile. Past performance is not indicative of future returns. This is why we encourage you to read Our Terms and Conditions carefully before making purchases, selling, or placing orders with BULLIONTRADING LLC. Refer to Safety Tips from the CFTC (Commodity Future Trading Commission). These terms and conditions apply to all orders, all purchases, and all sales made through our website, telephone, or other channels.

In the event you do not fully understand the terms of this agreement, BULLIONTRADING LLC strongly encourages you to consult with your own experts. BULLION TRADING enters into transactions with customers on the reliance and belief that clients are aware of, understand, and agree to these terms.

These terms and conditions are effective as of March 11, 2022, and are binding to all new and existing customers and users.

PURCHASES, SALES, AND ORDERS

The prices for gold, silver, platinum and palladium coins and bars keep on fluctuating because of the risk factors that cause price volatility. The risk factors include political development, war, pandemics, demand, and supply. It is important to keep this in mind when transacting with BULLIONTRADING LLC.

The Ordering Process

BULLIONTRADING LLC. Does Not speculate on the prices of precious metals. This means that we don’t make profits by buying gold when the prices are low and selling when prices go up. BULLIONTRADING LLC generates revenue through premium spreads. This is the difference between what Bullion Trading LLC pays & sells these items for.

Orders and inquiries can be made through our website, phone, or other suitable channels. Contact Us for information.

Inquiries

Inquiries are made by customers who are not ready to transact immediately. Customers can contact us or go online at Bulliontradingllc.com to get current market prices. The price quote and quantity available are subject to change. They can also contact us for guidance on buying and selling bullion coins and bars. You should note that the Price Quotations you receive when inquiring are Estimates because the prices of bullion coins and bars fluctuate daily, and the number of our stock changes all the time.

For example, The U.S Mint sets premium and minimum prices for American Eagles. Prices for American Eagles are determined by the current price of gold, silver, platinum, or palladium. The mint also charges a modest premium to cater to the cost of distribution and marketing. Consequently, the price of bullion coins and bars changes daily as the markets for gold, silver, platinum, and palladium fluctuates. Refer to the United States Mint’s Charges for Authorized Dealers.

ORDERS

Orders are made when customers are ready to transact immediately. The prices you get when ordering bullion coins and bars from us are an accurate reflection of the current market prices. Note that once you place an order, the prices are locked and are no longer subject to market conditions.

An order is placed when you finalized negotiations with our agents and an invoice is generated, not when the payment is made. Ordering and then bailing out or canceling after an invoice is generated makes BULLIONTRADING LLC incur losses. We incur losses because when you place an order, we consider the bullion coin or bar sold and will have hedged ourselves accordingly.

Disclaimer: To protect our company from losses, BULLIONTRADING LLC has implemented a Market Loss Policy.

Market Loss Policy Explained

An order starts when you finalize the deal with our agents, not when the payment is made. We generate an invoice immediately the deal is sealed either through our website or phone. We also count the bullion coin or bar as sold and will have hedged ourselves accordingly.

Customers who place orders, have invoices generated, and then cancel thereafter make us incur losses. To protect ourselves we have implemented a market loss policy. This means that you will incur penalties for ordering, having an invoice generated, and then bailing out. Once an order is placed, prices are locked and not subject to market conditions.

The moment you place an order an invoice is generated. If you cancel, and then gold prices decline you make us incur a loss. It is your responsibility to offset this loss if your order is canceled and your funds are returned. If this happens you will pay for the loss caused by a decline in the price of gold after a sale is made plus a cancellation fee of $35.00. This is our market loss policy.

To remain transparent and protect ourselves from risk we might require credit card information from every customer even if payment will be received through a different channel. We also will ask for immediate confirmation of the amount locked in. This gives us an avenue to compensate ourselves for losses in the event a customer places an order and then fails to pay.

However, if the price of bullion coins and bars stays the same, we usually don’t enforce our market loss policy because we don’t incur losses. If the price goes down we charge a market loss fee which is equal to the amount BULLIONTRADING LLC would have lost because of the unpaid order.

PAYMENTS

Bullion Trading LLC only accepts payments in the form of bank transfers, certified checks or personal checks. The method you use to pay us is determined by the number of bullion coins and bars you are willing to buy from us as follows:

  • Orders ranging from $1,000 to $5,500 should be paid via any option listed above and must be received within 2 business days from the time the order was made.
  • Orders ranging from $5,500.01 to $10,000 should be paid by bank wire, certified check, cashier’s check, money orders, or personal check, and must be received within 2 business days from the time the order was made.
  • Orders ranging from $10,000.01 to $25,000 should be paid by bank wire, certified check, and must be received within 2 business days from the time the order was placed.
  • Over $25,000.01 should be paid by bank wire and must be received within 1 business day from the time the order was placed.

If Using A Credit Card You Are Agreeing To The Following Terms:

  • I understand and agree that should I dispute the credit card charge through my credit card provider, I will have breached the contract as well as committed a credit card fraud.
  • I waive any charge-back rights. In the event of a dispute, and I request for a refund it must be made through the Bullion Trading LLC Arbitration Procedure described herein under Bullion Trading LLC.
  • Dispute resolution: I understand that all sales are final. There are NO EXCHANGES or REFUNDS.
  • I cannot receive a refund from Bullion Trading LLC, nor can I request the funds from my credit card company.
  • I also agree to waive any charge-back rights in the event of a dispute.

CONSENT

You agree that you have sufficient experience and knowledge to make informed decisions to purchase from and/or sell to BULLION TRADING LLC. You openly acknowledge that you are making all of your decisions in connection with purchases and/or sales. BULLION TRADING LLC is not making any decision on your behalf concerning purchases and sales.

You also openly acknowledge that you are subject to a variety of risks that are beyond the control of BULLION TRADING LLC. You openly acknowledge that BULLION TRADING LLC is not liable or responsible for the risks you incur while trading with us. Those risks include, without limitation, risks associated with the price volatility of bullion coins and bars. Market conditions or other disruptions such as technical problems may make it impossible for you to liquidate bullion coins and bars bought from us. You have the freedom to liquid the coins and bars at market prices acceptable to you.

RISKS

All investments involve risk – bullion coins and bars are no exception. The value of bullion coins (e.g., American Eagles or Maple Leafs) is affected by many economic factors. The current market price of bullion coins and bars is determined by perceived scarcity and other factors. Some of these factors include quality, current demand, and general market sentiment.

The price of bullion coins and bars keeps on fluctuating and this means that they are not a suitable investment for everyone. Since all investments, including bullion coins and bars, can decline in value, you should make an informed decision. It is a good idea to have adequate cash reserves and disposable income before investing in bullion coins and bars.

INDEMNIFICATION

You shall indemnify and absolve BULLION TRADING LLC and its affiliates, directors, officers, and shareholders collectively. You agree to compensate the indemnified parties for and against any costs, damages, expenses, liabilities, and obligations. They include without limitation to reasonable attorney fees that the Indemnified Parties may incur as a result of, or in connection with:

(a) Any breach of any representation or warranty made by you to BULLION TRADING LLC or,

(b) Failure to comply with these terms and conditions or the policies adopted by BULLION TRADING LLC.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

You acknowledge that you are subject to the limitations of liability contained in these terms and conditions, the disclaimer, and other policies adopted by BULLION TRADING LLC.

If you suffer indirect, punitive, or speculative damages BULLION TRADING LLC is not liable to you. Any transaction between us and you pursuant to these terms and conditions, and any liability of BULLION TRADING LLC to you shall be limited to:

(a) The amount, if any, that you paid in such transaction or,

(b) $100 compensation. We are not, in any event, liable for any indirect, punitive, or speculative damages.

PRIVACY POLICY

BULLION TRADING LLC has adopted a Privacy Policy that is included in these terms and conditions. Our privacy policy protects your identity and credit card information.

BULLION TRADING LLC privacy policies are found in the Disclaimer, Ordering Policy, and the protection of credit card information. These terms and conditions may be updated from time to time depending on the market forces and the legal landscape.

DEFAULT RIGHTS AND REMEDIES

Upon any failure by you to comply with your obligations to BULLION TRADING LLC, the company shall pursue the rights and the remedies available to us. Either by law, through equity, or otherwise. It includes without limitation rights and remedies under these terms and conditions.

Breaching our rights may make BULLION TRADING LLC turn your account over to a collection agency, or a lawyer for collection. BULLION TRADING LLC will not fail in exercising any rights or pursuing any remedies in the case we suffer losses or damages.

Note: Failure by you to comply with these terms and conditions, may make BULLION TRADING LLC charge the credit card on which you have provided. This includes without limitation any and all market losses incurred by BULLION TRADING LLC, including cancellation fees, for ordering and then canceling at the last minute. You openly authorize BULLION TRADING LLC to charge your credit card for all losses caused by you violating our ordering policy.

RELATIONSHIPS

BULLION TRADING LLC is an authorized dealer and a professional organization. We maintain a professional relationship with all our clients. We don’t enter into relationships such as agent-principal relationships, employee-employer relationships, franchisee-franchisor relationships, joint venture relationships, and partnership relationships with our clients.

ANNULMENT

You cannot forfeit these terms and conditions, your rights, or your obligations as they apply without the prior written consent from BULLION TRADING LLC. You may be granted permission to forfeit your rights or it may be withheld by BULLION TRADING LLC at its sole discretion. These terms and conditions shall be binding to all parties that trade with BULLION TRADING LLC.

COSTS AND EXPENSES FOR COLLECTION

If you violate these terms and conditions BULLION TRADING LLC will take action against you. It may include without limitation, turning your account over to a collection agency, or a lawyer for collection. You shall pay all of the costs and the expenses incurred by BULLION TRADING LLC, including without limitation to reasonable attorney’s fees.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

BULLION TRADING LLC maintains professional relationships with clients. This is why we make sure that any grievances are resolved expeditiously. We agree that all disagreements and disputes with our clients should be resolved in accordance with the provisions below.

Because we value the relationship with our clients, we opt for arbitration or mediation as a channel for dispute resolution instead of going straight to state/federal courts. However, if arbitration or mediation fails, we may be forced to take legal action in state/federal courts in the State of New York.

GOVERNING LAW

These terms and conditions are governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of New York. These terms and conditions do not take into consideration the possible violation of laws in other jurisdictions.

WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL: ARBITRATION

BOTH BULLION TRADING LLC AND YOU HEREBY WAIVE THEIR RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY IN CONNECTION WITH ANY DISAGREEMENT OR DISPUTE RESULTING FROM, OR IN CONNECTION WITH THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS; OR THE TRANSACTIONS UNDER THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS. Both BULLION TRADING LLC and you also waive any arbitration requirements to which they might be subject.

FORCE MAJEURE

If BULLION TRADING LLC cannot perform any obligation hereunder as a result of any event that is beyond its control, the company shall be excused and shall not be liable for any damages as a result of, or in connection with, such delays, or such failures.

FURTHER ASSURANCES

You shall sign and avail other documents, or take actions that assist BULLION TRADING LLC in enforcing the provisions of these terms and conditions.

NOTICES

Except as provided in these terms and conditions, all notices, and other communications to BULLION TRADING LLC shall be directed to it at 20 West 47th Street Lower Level #24, New York, NY 10036. All notices and other communications to you shall be sent by BULLION TRADING LLC, to the address that you provided to us at the time of your registration, or to the email address that you provided to us at the time of your registration.

RECORDING OF PHONE CONVERSATIONS

BULLION TRADING LLC may record phone conversations between you and company agents or representatives. You consent to the recording of such phone conversations.

ABSENCE OF WAIVERS

A decision or a failure by BULLION TRADING LLC to take action with respect to any non-compliance with these terms and conditions does not affect the ability of the company to enforce the terms and conditions with respect to other violations. Whether the violations are similar or dissimilar in nature.