The Hindu Business Line  30 min ago  Comment 
Reuters  1 hr ago  Comment 
Physical gold demand in Asia firmed up this week on strong buying by leading consumer China while prices in India were at a premium for the first time in several months ahead of the festive season.
The Hindu Business Line  1 hr ago  Comment 
Taking weak cues from global markets, gold prices drifted lower by 0.31 per cent to Rs 29,935 per 10 grams at the futures trade as speculators trimmed their positions.At the Multi Commodity Exchange,...
The Hindu Business Line  3 hrs ago  Comment 
Gold edged down on Friday as the dollar strengthened, but was on track for its first weekly gain in four weeks on steady physical buying from China and exchange-traded funds. Spot gold was down 0.3 pe...
WA Business News  7 hrs ago  Comment 
Local gold miner Northern Star Resources has entered into a joint venture agreement to acquire a major stake in Pioneer Resources' Acra gold project near Kalgoorlie in a deal worth up to $3.5 million.
newratings.com  Oct 20  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Gold futures fell Thursday, trimming weekly gains after a top U.S. central banker made hawkish comments last night. Dec. gold was down $2.40, or 0.2%, to settle at $1,267.50/oz. "If the economy stays on its current...
The Hindu Business Line  Oct 20  Comment 
In time for Dhanteras and Diwali, the Finance Ministry on Thursday announced the sixth tranche of sovereign gold bonds. “Applications for the bonds will be accepted from October 24 to November 2,” ...
Financial Times  Oct 20  Comment 
Regulators are forcing lenders to cover their holdings of the precious metal
The Hindu Business Line  Oct 20  Comment 
Comex gold futures edged up on a weaker dollar with the focus shifting to the European Central Bank policy later in the day. The ECB is set to keep rates unchanged. Currently, a mildly weaker dollar s...
SeekingAlpha  Oct 20  Comment 


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.


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


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  9. High Prices as Good as Gold in Jewelry Market
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