The yellow precious metal, used in jewelry, and as money, as well as in the industry and medicine.

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Gold futures' margin

How is the margin for gold futures determined? Where exactly can I look to find the current margin (pls, state website)?
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A goldsmith's hedging strategy, simplified

A goldsmith has bought 100oz physical gold for his trade and payed $1300/oz. He is going to be ready to sell his jewels in 3 months from purchase. In order to hedge against falling prices of gold, he ...
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Why is a home loan (mortgage) cheaper than gold loan?

I am not sure if this is a India specific issue. I understand that gold is a basically non-value add asset and real estate business generates jobs and people do need houses to live in. My doubt is ...
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I want to invest in Gold. Where do I go and buy it?

I would like to invest in some Gold. The current rate of Gold is Rs 27,800/- per 10 grams. Some banks like HDFC offer gold but at a much higher inflated price of Rs 29,084/- Some of my questions ...
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Investing in gold with a foreign currency

I watched a commentator on television state that they're bullish on gold but only in yen terms. Are there financial instruments similar to the gld that let me choose the currency that gold is bought ...
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When is a good time to invest in gold? In what situations is the price of gold likely to drop?

When is a good time to invest in gold? What are situations likely to trigger a drop in gold prices? What are alternatives to gold?
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What is the best way to invest in gold as a hedge against inflation without having to hold physical gold?

What is the best way to invest in gold as a hedge against inflation without having to hold physical gold? Is it possible for a regular person to just purchase shares in GLD?
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Pros & cons of buying gold directly vs. investing in a gold ETF like GLD, IAU, SGOL?

Google search brings up some articles on this topic, but they can be biased, so: What are the advantages and disadvantages of buying physical gold vs. investing in a gold ETF like GLD, IAU, or SGOL? ...
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Pros/cons for buying gold vs. saving money in an interest-based account?

Over the years, I have noticed a certain pattern when it comes to money and gold. For example, my father bought a house 30 years ago for $20,000, and today that house is worth $200,000. If my father ...
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How can I invest in gold without taking physical possession?

I want to buy gold but I do not want to physically store it. I just want to invest in the price of gold. Where can I buy electronic gold certificates? Something like putting money in the bank but ...
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Should I switch/rollover my IRA to a Gold IRA at Regal Assets?

I was recommended from a friend that I should consider switching my current IRA to a Gold IRA. She sent me a link and told me to consider switching over to Regal Assets. I haven't searched around a ...
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How much would it cost me to buy one gold futures contract on Comex?

I am looking at gold futures prices: http://www.cmegroup.com/trading/metals/precious/gold.html I cannot figure out how much one futures contract of gold would cost me to buy if I were to buy it from ...
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If gold's price implodes then what goes up?

Everywhere I turn I am hearing about investing in gold. It's to the point where I hear about it so much that it's a mania. That just seems to indicate to me that the best thing to do is to be a ...
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What are the differences between gold/siver “coin” vs. “round”?

There two types of silver (and gold) in the market available: silver coin and silver round. I am looking answers for this two questions. What are the main difference between them, and advantages of ...
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If I have some old gold jewellery, is it worth it to sell it for its melt value?

TV, radio, and print ads make it look easy to get cash for gold jewellery. But, really, is it worth it to sell jewellery for its melt value or is there a better alternative? Do places that offer to ...
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Why does gold have value?

I'm curious about why is there so much financial interest and news coverage about gold. It's hard to do things like buy food or pay the rent with gold, but I can do this with cash. Gold doesn't yield ...
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e-gold VAP - safe to use?

Some years ago, I created an e-gold account and transferred some gold into it. e-gold's service has been suspended in 2009 for legal issues. Now, they offer a VAP ("Value Access Plan") to let me ...
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Is physical gold inflation-proof?

I always assumed that physical gold is inflation-proof, but my advisor at my bank claimed it is not — unfortunately without going into details. Now I wonder what he meant. My assumption was: If I buy ...
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How do you measure the value of gold?

With stocks in a company, when you do valuations, you can look at things like how much profit the company has made, or how much dividends it gives back, in order to get values with Price Earning ...
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What intrinsic, non-monetary value does gold have as a commodity?

Clearly the main focus of discussion of gold is on its extrinsic value - the value placed on it by investors and others who prize it as a store for wealth. However, it's conceivable that society could ...
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How to calculate micro lot leverage?

For these gold and silver products http://www.fxdd.com/us/en/products/metals/, how many micro lots are required so a penny move is worth a dollar? How much leverage does that equal? I've traded ...
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Forward Contract Extension

I was reading this article Below is a small snippet from the article. I'm wondering how Barrick gold could extend the hedge at its own option. How would this be executed and how do they have this ...
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How does a mint determine the face value of precious metal coins and what does it mean?

If one were to look at silver/gold proof coins that are minted by/for/on behalf of the government, one could see that some coins would bear a face value, such as the 1/2 oz $25 American Eagle gold ...
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It is ok if I under-report my cost basis for certain securities?

Yes, I would like to say that my cost basis is lower than it actually was (and thus pay more taxes). Quick story, which I think is mostly correct (but I can't remember all details): I own shares ...
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Can damaged gold bullion be sold at a bank?

I am considering to buy gold bullion from my local bank and I am performing a risk analysis considering the storage. One major question is what happens if the gold bullion take damage. My bank offers ...
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Is gold really an investment or just a hedge against inflation?

As per the title of this question, is gold something that can really be considered an investment or is it just a useful hedge against inflation? While I can understand the value in having hedges ...
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What is a good size distribution for buying gold?

I am living in Europe and I am considering buying gold to protect my money in case of a possible crash. My first idea was to get bars of gold and leave them inside the vault of my bank. The main ...
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What's the best gold investment strategy for a Singapore resident?

I'd like to buy gold in small amounts (1 gm) when the prices are attractive, but I can't keep a watch on it. I'm buying gold as a long term investment / hedge, and I don't have plans to sell it. ...
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Until about 1800, why did gold have any perceived value?

Related to this previous question, and this one, what gave gold value prior to "modern" uses? Until its application in EM shielding, electrical connectors, etc, it seems that gold was merely ...
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Is buying or selling goods for gold or silver considered taxable?

Is buying / selling goods for gold / silver taxable? If yes, what's the rationale behind this?
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Are there debit cards tied to commodities?

I'm wondering if there are debit cards tied to commodities? For example is there a debit card where I can deposit in Gold, Silver, or cash that is immediately converted to the asset and then use the ...
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How does spot-futures arbitrage work in the gold market?

According to Kitco, the spot price for gold, at time of writing, is about USD 1240 per ounce. At time of writing, CME Group shows that futures contracts are above that price for many months ahead. ...
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Why did gold prices drop in 1981?

Anyone know why gold prices drop by $400 an ounce in 1981? http://www.kitco.com/scripts/hist_charts/yearly_graphs.plx
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Investments backed by physical Diamonds?

I understand people can invest in Gold via ETF's which are investments backed by physical gold. My question is, do investments exist which are physically backed by Diamonds?
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How to invest in gold at market value, i.e. without paying a markup?

At 2013-03-24 - 11:30am, the value of gold in the UK per oz was 1056.7GBP. I can buy a 24 carat 1oz gold coin (999.9) for 1132GBP. I can sell that gold coin for 1010GBP. I am clearly doing ...
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Storing Gold and Silver

Apart from midnight-gardening ... what are some of the truly safe and cost-effective storage methods for gold and silver bullion? This is for core bullion with no numismatic value. And, yes I am ...
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Pros & cons of investing in gold vs. platinum?

I'm considering moving some of my investments into physical precious metals in case the world economy tanks further. Both gold and platinum are near historical highs, but platinum has been more ...
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Ideas about Gold Investment [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pros & cons of buying gold directly vs. investing in a gold ETF like GLD, IAU, SGOL? I’m a new player in this so I hope someone can offer me some suggestions. I ...
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Is the gold and silver in the GLD and SLV ETFs leveraged?

There are various blogs and videos that indicate that the gold that GLD holds (via HSBC) and the silver that SLV holds (via JP Morgan) is leveraged 50 to 1 or 100 to 1. For me there are some ...
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What is a good way to determine where and to whom to sell gold jewelry?

In my family we have some gold-based jewelry that we want to sell. Not actually needing to sell it, we can afford to look around for a buyer. However, I don't know anything about this sort of thing ...
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What are the differences in taxes rules for specialty ETFs such as GLD (Gold ETF) and general ETFs?

I am on 15% tax bracket. In terms of shot term hold and long term hold, I want to know what the differences in taxes rules for specialty ETFs such as GLD (Gold ETF) and general ETFs as are?
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Is it possible to pay contracts using gold in the UK using legal tender gold coins?

I have looked around for this for ages and for obvious reasons, would be a very efficient means of paying bills without HMRC taking a cut (as long as I can't be attacked for Tax evasion). I have seen ...
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Why do Central Banks buy gold for their gold reserves?

I read The People's central Bank of China (i think called PBOC) should have bought 50 to 70 tons fo gold in 2011 (Marcus Grubb, managing director World Gold Council). On the same article it states ...
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Does the US produce a gold coin?

And if so, are there reputable places to obtain the coins (i.e. a local bank, US mint website, etc.)?
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What is a good/reliable source for current and historic gold prices?

In searching for the current and historic price of gold, the kinds of sites I'm finding seem a bit questionable. What is a reputable site for information about current and historic prices for gold?
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How can a resident Indian buy and hold physical gold/silver at BullionVault?

Is it legal for an Indian resident to transact at BullionVault? Are there any tax implications? While BullionVault allows deposits from international banks, it only does so in dollars, pounds or ...
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Can gold prices vary between two places or country at the same time?

Can gold prices vary between two places or countries at the same point in time ? Here is an answer but I am looking for a more detailed answer.
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Options revisited: Gold fever

In my recent question, I asked how to operate with options. Now I would like to see whether I learned anything. At this moment, Gold is rising. Fast. As I see it, in the future, the gold price has to ...
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Gold drops on every piece of negative news from Europe/debt crisis, why?

I've watched gold drop right along side the equities as we get bad news out of Europe for the last several months. A threatened Euro means the dollar is more of a (temporary) safe-haven, driving the ...
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Is there a general guideline for what percentage of a portfolio should be in gold?

I have some gold (GLD), but not much - a little over 1% of my net worth, and about 2% of my non-retirement investments. I'd like to increase this position as an inflation hedge and to have something ...