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Monday, November 5, 2012

How do I invest in precious metals like Gold, Silver or Platinum?

PFA Asia, Malaysia financial planner on Precious metal gold, silver, platinum investing

After sharing the 3 key precious metals i.e. Gold, Silver and Platinum, we turn our focus to the "How", namely the ways for you to invest in them.

In general, there are 5 ways for a investor to buy or sell the precious metals.

1) Buy physical precious metals
    Invest in physical items like gold, silver or platinum bars or coins. At the time of writing, 

    Price of 1 oz of gold bar/ coins = USD 1,740 ; 1 oz of silver bar/coins = USD 34 ;
    1 oz of platinum bar / coin = USD 1,600.

2) Open precious metals investment account at banking institutions
     Nowadays, a investor can choose to profit from the price movement by opening either
     a gold or silver investment account, which is more common in Asia through banks.

3) Buy precious metals exchange traded fund(ETF) 
    Exchange traded fund is like a mutual fund, but it is linked to the price movement of the
    precious metals like gold. It can be buy or sell at anytime. 

4) Buy shares/ stocks of mining companies
    To reap returns of the price movement of precious metals, some choose to become
     shareholder of mining company. A well known investor like Robert T.Kiyosaki owns him
     gold mining company. See Precious metals mining companies list

5) Buy into precious metals index or future contracts
    Future contracts are deals to trade precious metals decided now, but with the settlement in the future, usually 3 months ahead. 

Just like any investment, investors in precious metals like Gold or Silver are presented with risk as well. In terms of risk-reward, 1st & 2nd ways for the lower risk appetite investor, 3rd & 4th are for the medium risk appetite investor while 5th way are for the investors who can stomach high risk

However, investors should be cautioned of the "marketing schemes " offered by precious metals investment companies especially those which promised unbelievably high investment gain. 

5 questions to ask prior to investing in precious metals :
1) What is the assets size or the company / institution ?
2) Is the institution /company licensed to do this investment ?
3) Do I have physical possession of the precious metal I invested ? 
4) How much return  I can get, and what is my risk ?


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