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Daily FX  2 hrs ago  Comment 
Gold prices are firmer on the week with the precious metal rallying 0.5% to trade at $1302 ahead of the New York close on Friday. The move snaps a two week losing streak that saw prices plummet more than 8.2% off the highs and although the rebound...
SeekingAlpha  2 hrs ago  Comment 
By Hard Assets Investor: By Sumit Roy Precious metals, soybeans and corn were the big winners in commodity markets this week, while oil, copper and wheat fared poorly. Stocks touched all-time highs, but finished the period off their best...
SeekingAlpha  3 hrs ago  Comment 
By Hard Assets Investor: By Sumit Roy Ed D’Agostino is the publisher of Mauldin Economics and the general manager of Hard Assets Alliance (HAA). HAA provides self-directed investors with online precious metals trading and storage....
Daily FX  6 hrs ago  Comment 
Does Gold's $18.00/oz rebound signal a turn in gold? Learn what Fibonacci levels have to tell us.
Gold Stocks Today  6 hrs ago  Comment 
Expect a falling Euro – not to be confused with a rising dollar. Traditionally, traders move the gold price with the euro and contrary to the dollar. This is set to change and is doing so today.
TechCrunch  6 hrs ago  Comment 
I thought I was a pretty clever kid when I was 5. Other kids ate boogers; I didn't. Do you know how many gold stars I had? All the gold stars. One thing I didn't have, though: an acknowledgement from Microsoft for finding a security...
MarketWatch  7 hrs ago  Comment 
Gold futures closed higher on Friday to tally a weekly gain of 0.7% as the much-anticipated monthly report showed the U.S. created fewer jobs than expected last month. June gold tacked on $18.90, or 1.5%, to settle at $1,303.50 an ounce on the...
The Hindu Business Line  10 hrs ago  Comment 
Officials of the Tax Department are harassing gold retailers and, in some cases, even confiscating their consignments, according to the All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation.
FX Street  11 hrs ago  Comment 
Today’s AM fix was USD 1,293.50, EUR 943.75 and GBP 780.02 per ounce. Yesterday’s AM fix was USD... For more information, read our latest forex news and reports.




 

This article is about investing in the commodity gold. For the article on the company with ticker GOLD, see Randgold Resources (GOLD). For other uses, see Gold (Disambiguation).

Gold is one of the most highly-sought after precious metals in the world. It is used in jewelry, electronics, and coinage. Gold is widely considered to be an effective hedge against inflation, which means that when the dollar depreciates, demand for gold increases. In addition, during times of economic and political uncertainty, the demand for Gold rises due to its high intrinsic value and relative stability. Moreover, the introduction of gold ETFs and the increasing wealth in emerging markets, such as China, India, and Latin America have contributed to rising demand for gold. While demand for gold has been rising, supply has been dropping as many of the top gold producing countries have had decreasing production over the past few years.

Gold has been used as money for more than 3,500 years as it doubles as a currency and a store of value. Gold is one of very few assets that is not the obligation of someone else. It has also proven to be a good hedge as inflation since the experiments with unbacked fiat money began in Europe and the USA in the 18th century.

Prices

Gold futures contracts are traded on the COMEX under ticker symbol GC and are delivered in January, February, April, June, August, October, and December of every year. (For more information on commodity tickers, check out the commodity ticker construction page.)

Investors Gold

A soft metal with a characteristic deep lustrous yellow or yellow-brown color. Au chemical symbol, [1] with the chemical element of atomic number 79, valued for use in jewelry and decoration, and to guarantee the value of currencies. The purest form of money, and the oldest, most durable. Gold, Aurum was already legal tender before the first coins. The oldest gold coins derive from the seventh century BC.

Investors use Gold as a store of value. Gold metal offers the appearance of capital appreciation compared to depreciating currencies. Gold has always had favorable liquidity, but Gold is sterile, it does not provide any current income. [1] Gold does not provide positive cash flow to the owner. Gold owners must pay to maintain, store, and insure Gold, which is an expense. On a cash flow basis Gold a liability, Gold costs you to own it. [2]

As an example, if returns were adjusted for inflation from 1802 to 2001. $1.00 invested in stocks would have returned $599,605.00 while bonds and bills would have returned $952.00 and $304.00. The results for investments in gold and the US dollar would have resulted in losses, since that $1.00 investment in gold would have been reduced to 98 cents and the US dollar only seven cents. [3]

Companies Who Benefit from Rising Gold Prices

Gold Companies

  • DRDGOLD (DROOY) is the fourth largest gold miner in South Africa. South Africa is the world's top gold producer after India.
  • Goldcorp (GG) is a gold mining company based in Canada that has the lowest cash costs of any tier 1 mining company. It is the 5th biggest gold producer.
  • Harmony Gold Mining (HMY) is the 5th largest gold producer in the world, is the largest gold producer in South Africa and also has mines in Papua New Guinea.

For a complete list of companies involved in the gold industry, see Gold Industry

Gold Exchange Traded Funds

Most gold ETFs buy gold as backing for the fund. [4]

Other Gold Exchange Traded Funds

High End Jewelry Companies

High end jewelers actually benefits from rising gold prices because as prices rise, gold jewelry becomes a more valuable and coveted option.[9]

Companies Who are Hurt by Rising Gold Prices

Low to Mid End Jewelry Companies

Low to mid end jewelry companies tend to suffer from increasing gold prices because the company's lower income clientel are less flexible to price changes.

Individual Consumers

In addition, individual consumers are hurt by the rise in gold prices as they are no longer able afford it. This is particularly true for cultures which rely on gold articles as a symbol or key aspect to ceremonies.

Historical Gold Prices

Whether as the basis for the monetary unit of a country, or in its role in comparison to the currency price of silver, the history of gold price has long been a subject of great interest to both the scholar and the general public.

Below are five series for determining the value of gold price historically:

Gold Futures

References

  1. A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing by Burton Gordon Malkiel ISBN-10: 0393062457 pg359
  2. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki ISBN-10: 0446677450 pg61
  3. Equities: An Introduction to the Core Concepts (Mark Mobius Masterclass Series) ISBN-10: 0470821442 pg 16
  4. Have gold ETFs bottomed
  5. Wikipedia:Gold Exchange-Traded Fund
  6. Wikipedia:Gold Exchange-Traded Fund
  7. Wikipedia:Gold Exchange-Traded Fund
  8. Wikipedia:Gold Exchange-Traded Fund
  9. High Prices as Good as Gold in Jewelry Market
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