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Things to Know Before Investing in Gold

Things to Know Before Investing in Gold

'All that glisters is not gold' - A line from a Shakespeare play, can hold true if you blindly invest in gold. Read this story to find out what you must know before investing in this valuable asset.
Khushnuma Irani
Last Updated: Mar 6, 2019
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Every one of us has considered investing our money in some way. It could be in shares, real estate, mutual funds, or gold.
Investments are the way to go if you have some disposable income and want to make money work for you. The easiest way to invest is with gold, and the next best thing is oil.
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Did you know that gold found its way into the American economy after the United States adopted the gold standard in the 1900s? It has always been and always will be a valued commodity. More and more people are realizing its true investment potential and value.
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Before investing in this valuable commodity, you need to be aware of certain things:
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✦ It is subject to price fluctuations: There are going to be times when the price of gold will follow an upward trend or it could go into a downtrend as well. It is like the economy in that sense; it is continuously in a state of depression or boom.
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✦ Check inflation: The inflation rate does affect gold prices. People tend to buy more of this commodity to hedge against high inflation. Therefore, it must be noted that inflation and gold prices are directly proportionate.
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✦ Do your research: The key to being a successful investor is to analyze and understand the direction in which the commodity market is moving.
You need to do the technical analysis, which will aid you in identifying buying opportunities. You also need to be aware of the expected volatility in future trends.
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✦ Multiple options: There are different ways in which you can invest in gold like coins, bars, and certificates. You can also buy gold ETFs, stock of mining companies, and gold futures. Tangible gold, which does not include certificates, stocks, and shares, is subdivided into bullion, jewelry, and numismatics.
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Decide on what kind of commodity you want to invest in. The choice is yours and the only way to be assured, is to do a lot of research before making the final investment choice.
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Do not take any hasty decisions, or decisions based on emotions. Gold is an expensive commodity and careful thought and consideration must be exercised.
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To conclude, all that can be said is that it is a good choice of investment, irrespective of which form you are looking at. If you want something that can give you instant liquidity as well as security, then gold is the way to go.
DisclaimerThis information is only for reference purposes and does not directly recommend any specific investment choices.