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

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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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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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Does gold's value decrease over time due to the fact that it is being continuously mined?

As one can see here ( How fast does the available amount of gold in the world increase due to mining? ), available amount of gold is increasing. That sounds similar to printing more money. I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Relationship between silver and gold prices historically

Can anyone tell me, or point me to documentation that shows the historic relationship between gold and silver prices? Or, better yet, can anyone point me to a source that shows monthly or weekly gold ...
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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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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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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 assets would be valuable in a post-apocalyptic scenario?

In spite of the tendency for people to think of gold and diamonds as an emergency store of value for a shit-hits-the-fan scenario, I have a hard time understanding how owning physical gold would ...
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Where can I sell some gold ounce bars I own, without getting screwed?

I have some gold ounce bars that I'd like to sell while the price is high, but I don't know where to sell the gold. I've Google'd around, but there seems to be a lot of shady places out there. So my ...
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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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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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How fast does the available amount of gold in the world increase due to mining?

How much new gold is injected into the economy of the world due to mining activity as a percentage of the already available gold? In other words, what is the annual increase in the amount of gold that ...
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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 ...
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Does the USA have a Gold reserve?

The intent and context of this question relates to what could possibly cause a huge crash in gold prices in the future. From a layman's perspective, if tonnes of gold are found in a mine somewhere - ...
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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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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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Buying gold / silver as a hedge against hyperinflation

I'm becoming more interested in buying gold / silver coins as a hedge against inflation and especially hyperinflation. I know very little about this, and there are thousands of sites on the internet ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Index fund that tracks gold and other commodities

Is there an index fund that tracks the index for precious metals? How about a fund that tracks an index just for gold?(I guess this is not possible) And is there a fund that tracks overall commodities ...
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Tracking Gold and Silver (or any other commodity investment) in Quicken 2010?

I am an avid Quicken user, and I have pretty much every account, investment, liability, and asset tracked in it. I recently started purchasing gold and silver as an alternative, "backup" investment, ...
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What are the tax liabilities or impact for selling gold?

What are the tax liabilities for selling gold? For example, suppose I bought an ounce of gold in 2005 at $500 and I sold it yesterday for $1,500. What kind of taxes are due on this (in the United ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What are some legitimate places to buy gold bullion bars in USA?

I am looking to buy gold bars. Just the element with minimal "craftsmanship". What are some good places/outlets to buy gold in the USA?
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Run for the Gold!! Which one though?

There are many gold based ETFs, let's take GLD and IAN for this example. GLD trades approximately at $160 IAN approximately at $16 If you compare the performances of the two in the past weeks, ...
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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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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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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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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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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 gold prices are affected by interest rates?

At this article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/some-gold-bulls-say-its-time-to-cash-in/article2139949/ What does this mean: The current environment of low interest rates and a weak ...
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What governs the shape of price history graphs?

I think the price history graphs of speculative investments such as housing and gold look like a series of linked "u"s, ie sharp peaks and rounded troughs, while the graphs of less speculative ...
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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 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'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. ...