Why Invest in Gold?
Gold's intrinsic value, tangibility and history as a solid investment all contribute to its value in a portfolio. Many investments, including stocks and bonds, gain value when the economy is good. That's when the value of purchases usually rise. Other precious metals, including silver, also tend to follow this pattern.
However, gold does the opposite. When the economy is in a bull run, gold usually holds its value. However, gold can increase in value significantly (sometimes even more than 100%) in a recession or bear market. This means that by holding a portion of your portfolio in gold, it will help to hedge your overall portfolio value.
But gold also has another unique appeal. Governments routinely continue to print money which reduces the overall purchasing power of that money (a process called inflation). For example, a salary earned 50 years ago wouldn't be able to support the same standard of living today. However, gold holds its purchasing value. A gold sovereign could purchase the same quantity of goods 100 years ago that it can today. Slowly over time, the value of money erodes next to the value of gold. This is another reason why investing in gold is important.
Investing in Gold Bars
Gold bars are sold in a range of sizes, brands and designs. Most investment grade gold bars are available in sizes ranging from 1 gram up to 1 kilogram, with 1 ounce and 10 ounce bars also available. Bars can be minted or casted. Finally, a wide range of refineries and mints manufacture gold bars. These include some of the famous Swiss refineries, like PAMP, Valcambi or Argor-Heraeus. Other reputable brands worldwide include Royal Canadian Mint, Credit Suisse, the Perth Mint, the Rand Refinery, and others.
Most gold bars, with the exception of the PAMP and Royal Mint range of bars, have a fairly basic design, catered towards investors. The bars feature only the relevant information for investors on the front. This includes the logo of the refinery, the bar's purity, weight, and its serial number. Most smaller sized bars are sold sealed in a certicard, which reconfirms the information on the bar. Larger sized bars are sold with a sepearte certificate.
Gold bars generally sell at a much lower premium to gold coins, and this is one reason why investors tend to prefer gold bars. Because the minting of bars is less detailed and they do not maintain a legal tender value, they have a lower premium.
The most popular sized gold bars for investors are the 1 ounce, 10 gram and 100 gram gold bars.
Buy Gold Bars from Suisse Gold
Suisse Gold sells a wide range of gold bars for investors. Gold bars from Suisse Gold are available individually or in wholesale multiples, which vary depending on the size of the bar purchased. Clients of Suisse Gold can buy gold bars in any of 20 currencies via bank transfer and by cryptocurrency. Gold bars can be bought for secure Swiss storage and for secure worldwide delivery.