A. Positively. Most of the strong demand globally since the beginning of 2016, has been driven by the low-to-negative-rate environment. At a time when fixed-yield investments pay little to nothing, gold and silver at least provide some upside potential. In addition, these metals protect against the downside risks implied by the low to non-existent rates of return. Those two very persuasive arguments have translated to strong institutional and fund demand at the ETFs as well as demand among individual investors for physical coins and bullion. A mid-2016 Bankrate survey of investors is telling in this regard. One in six chose gold as the best place to park money they would not need for the next ten years, the same number that chose stocks.
Answer. We probably get that question more than any other -- pretty much on a daily basis. The answer, however, is not as straightforward as you might think. What you buy depends upon your goals. We usually answer the "What should I buy?" question with one of our own: "Why are you interested in buying gold?" If your goal is simply to hedge financial uncertainty and/or capitalize on price movement, then contemporary bullion coins will serve your purposes. Those concerned with the possibility of capital controls and a gold seizure, or call-in, often include historic pre-1933 gold coins in the mix. Both categories carry modest premiums over their gold melt value, track the gold price, and enjoy strong liquidity internationally.

Many banks offer gold accounts where gold can be instantly bought or sold just like any foreign currency on a fractional reserve basis.[citation needed] Swiss banks offer similar service on a fully allocated basis. Pool accounts, such as those offered by some providers, facilitate highly liquid but unallocated claims on gold owned by the company. Digital gold currency systems operate like pool accounts and additionally allow the direct transfer of fungible gold between members of the service. Other operators, by contrast, allows clients to create a bailment on allocated (non-fungible) gold, which becomes the legal property of the buyer.
For those investors looking for variable prices, more designs, and greater options when it comes to the gold they buy, gold bullion bars are an excellent choice. As diverse as gold bullion coins can be, there’s no matching the variety available when you buy gold bars online. Gold bullion bars are offered by private mints and refineries located around the globe. There is no government backing or central bank support, but these refineries have certified assayers (in many cases) checking the quality, purity, and weight of each product before it leaves the refinery. Gold bars feature at least .999 pure gold as well, with .9999 the standard in most products. Further, the weights offered for gold bars range from as small as 1 Gram to as large as 5 Kilograms. The following are some of the many gold bullion bars you’ll find available:
Fidelitrade: (DE) 302-762-6200. You must open an individual Fidelitrade account. The markup is 4.8%. Buying 100 ounces or more gives you a discount of $1.25 to $1.50 per ounce. The company also charges a commission. Buy up to $15,000 worth and the commission is 1%; for $15,000 to $50,000 it’s 0.75%; for $50,000 and up it’s 0.5%. The company also charges shipping and handling, which is $35 plus $2.25 per ounce of gold.

A. Gold owners are a group of people I have come to know very well in my 40+ years in the business. Contrary to the less than flattering picture sometimes painted by the mainstream press, the people we have helped become gold owners are among those we rely upon most in our daily lives -- our physicians and dentists, nurses and teachers, plumbers, carpenters and building contractors, business owners, attorneys, engineers and university professors (to name a few.) In other words, gold ownership is pretty much a Main Street endeavor. A recent Gallup poll found that 34% of American investors rated gold the best investment "regardless of gender, age, income or party ID. . ." In that survey, gold was rated higher than stocks, bonds, real estate and bank savings.
A. Over the past few years, as concern about a financial and economic breakdown spread, there were periods of gold coin bottlenecks and actual shortages. In 2008-2009 at the height of the financial crisis, demand was so great that the national mints could not keep up with it. The flow of historic gold coins from Europe was also insufficient to meet accelerating demand both there and in the United States. Premiums shot-up on all gold coins and a scramble developed for what was available. There is an old saying that the best time to buy gold is when everything is quiet. I would underline that sentiment.

That said, the built-in wide margins that result from the streaming approach provide an important buffer for these businesses. That has allowed the profitability of streamers to hold up better than miners' when gold prices are falling. This is the key factor that gives streaming companies an edge as an investment. They provide exposure to gold, they offer growth potential via the investment in new mines, and their wide margins through the cycle provide some downside protection when gold prices fall. That combination is hard to beat. 
The Gold price forecast is determined differently than most other investments. Stocks and commodities are evaluated as news about each company is released, or when cost changes occur in the manufacturing supply chain. Gold, however, has inherent value, which is not affected by turnovers in upper management or fuel costs. Economists use many factors when predicting Gold prices, including global inflation rates, trade imbalances between the United States and other countries, and the holdings of major central banks around the world. Expectations about higher interest rates and inflation have an impact on the Gold price forecast, as well. Supply and availability can impact some estimates, although when demand increases, many sellers become eager to recycle their existing supply.
Each year brings a new design of this 24 karat coin, which means the numismatic value of certain coins may actually exceed the value of the gold they contain. They are minted in denominations that include 1/20 oz, 1/10 oz, ¼ oz, 1 ounce, 2 ounce, 10 ounces and 1 kilogram. The Perth Mint even created a one tonne coin in 2011 with a face value of $1 million! This creation broke the record for the largest and most valuable gold coin ever. There are also Australian Gold Lunar bullion coins, with .9999 purity, that feature animals from the Chinese calendar rather than the traditional kangaroo.
For most of history, coins were valued based on the precious metal they contain. Whether a coin was actually made by the party as claimed was of secondary importance compared to whether it contains the correct amount of metal – that is, correct weight and fineness (purity). Genuine appearance was simply a convenient shortcut to avoid time-consuming tests in everyday transactions.
American Gold Eagles: Based on one of America’s most classic designs, the American Gold Eagle 1-ounce coin was first minted in 1986 and is considered the most popular and most recognizable gold coin in the world. This 22-karat (91.6% pure gold) coin is modeled after the Gold Double Eagle design first minted in 1907. American Gold Eagle coins are available in 1-ounce, ½ ounce, ¼ ounce, and 1/10 ounce versions. The newest iteration of these coins usually carry a slightly higher premium than older, common dated American Gold Eagle coins.
When dollars were fully convertible into gold via the gold standard, both were regarded as money. However, most people preferred to carry around paper banknotes rather than the somewhat heavier and less divisible gold coins. If people feared their bank would fail, a bank run might result. This happened in the USA during the Great Depression of the 1930s, leading President Roosevelt to impose a national emergency and issue Executive Order 6102 outlawing the "hoarding" of gold by US citizens. There was only one prosecution under the order, and in that case the order was ruled invalid by federal judge John M. Woolsey, on the technical grounds that the order was signed by the President, not the Secretary of the Treasury as required.[37]

The Krugerrand is the most widely held gold bullion coin, with 46 million troy ounces (1,400 tonnes) in circulation. Other common gold bullion coins include the Australian Gold Nugget (Kangaroo), Austrian Philharmoniker (Philharmonic), Austrian 100 Corona, Canadian Gold Maple Leaf, Chinese Gold Panda, Malaysian Kijang Emas, French Napoleon or Louis d'Or, Mexican Gold 50 Peso, British Sovereign, American Gold Eagle, and American Buffalo.
There are thousands of gold products on the market, but the list of well-known bullion products from reputable mints and refineries is short. Generally, you want to buy gold coins or bars from one of the major national mints or larger private refineries. You will notice these are the only products we feature on the SchiffGold website. (Read more about our product policies here.)
Every ounce of gold is basically the same as every other ounce. There is no way for a company to create unique value in the gold it produces. And, as such, gold is a commodity that trades based on supply and demand. Physical gold is usually traded in the form of bullion, which is simply a gold bar or coin stamped with the amount of gold it contains and the gold's purity. (Bullion is different than numismatic coins, which are collectibles that often trade based on demand for the specific type of coin and not on their gold content.)    
Fidelitrade: (DE) 302-762-6200. You must open an individual Fidelitrade account. The markup is 4.8%. Buying 100 ounces or more gives you a discount of $1.25 to $1.50 per ounce. The company also charges a commission. Buy up to $15,000 worth and the commission is 1%; for $15,000 to $50,000 it’s 0.75%; for $50,000 and up it’s 0.5%. The company also charges shipping and handling, which is $35 plus $2.25 per ounce of gold.
Canadian Gold Maple Leaf: The Canadian Gold Maple Leaf was issued in 1979, making it the second-oldest gold bullion coin behind only the South African Gold Krugerrand coin. Originally issued in .999 pure gold, from November 1982 onward the coins have included .9999 pure gold content. The coins have a sugar maple leaf on the reverse, with Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy on the obverse.
The World Gold Council supports the development of gold markets and helps investors understand how investments in gold can help them achieve their investment objectives. We work to expand the options for individual and institutional investors to access the gold market by working with the financial industry to develop and promote new offerings through direct and intermediated channels.
Golden Eagle Coins offers a system making it easy to buy gold online. Simply place an order on our website and this will lock the price in at the time of order. The best way to pay for the product is usually a bank wire, however we accept many different payment methods. Most will vary with processing time, wire transfer being the fastest. Gold can be purchased 24/7, 365 days a year on our website. We also offer local pickup options in the Washington DC, Maryland & Virginia metropolitan area. Gold product prices are tied directly to the world spot gold price and are updated every minute in real-time. Premiums for both coins and gold bars can vary depending on the product as outlined below.
However, there's a downside as well. Because a miner is running an operating business, you are also facing the risk that things might not work out as planned. As noted above, mines don't always produce as much gold as expected, workers sometimes go on strike, and, unfortunately, mining is risky and disasters can take place that halt production and cost lives. All in all, gold miners can perform better or worse than gold -- depending on what's going on at the specific miner you're looking at.
Canadian Silver Maple Leaf: First issued in 1988, the Silver Maple Leaf is Canada's official bullion coinage in silver and contains 1 Troy oz of .9999 pure silver. It was the world's first .9999 pure silver bullion coin and remains one of the few issued with this purity level. On the obverse is an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, while the reverse features the sugar maple leaf design used on all Canadian Maple Leaf coinage.