Buying gold was and is always considered a wise investment. Those who might smirk at this statement can look at all the people who are smiling their way to the bank, reaping all the benefits and were least affected by the worlds financial state during the economic downturn.
When gold was previously bought for ornamentation, it was considered frivolous, but today, buying gold is considered as a wise investment. And why not, as gold is one metal that provides a good return on investment for the buyer, be it cash for gold, as jewellery for important occasions or as a bailout in a crisis.
The current financial crisis managed to erode a lot of peoples savings, especially those made in stocks and mutual funds. Even real estate didnt live up to the hype it was surrounded with. The only thing that bailed people out, especially when they wanted ready cash was gold. This is one of the main reasons for gold attracting the kind of money it has nowadays, with its valuation going up almost every hour. Any major or minor upheaval in the international markets has its direct effect on gold.
For investment purposes people, tend to buy gold bullion, in the form of gold bars, coins and gold sovereigns. These are sold both online and offline by a number of certified banks, financial institutions and government approved companies at current market prices. This ensures their quality as well as their authenticity.
In the US, the official bullion coin is the American Gold Eagle and it can be purchased and traded in, anywhere in America. It is made of pure gold with slight traces of silver, is durable and comes with a guarantee. One of the purest form of gold bullion is Canadas Gold Maple Leaf. It only has pure gold sourced from Canada, with no traces of any other metal. There are other countries like Switzerland and South Africa, who have official golf bullion of their own. These can be bought fully authenticated and offer a good re-sell value.
Recent studies have shown that the continuing socio-economic situation will continue to fuel the demand for gold. Most of it is in the form of jewellery but an increased trend on buying gold bullion, signifies its investment potential and its cash for gold strategy. There is an almost 52% to 80% increase in demand for gold year on year, especially by the Asian markets where gold also has a spiritual significance.
The World Gold Council has predicted the upward trend of gold in the coming years and expects the demand to be driven by certain factors; The global socio-economic status, together with uncertainty over the dollar value, European debt situation, global inflation and the volatile situation of the Middle East and Africa.
It would therefore be fair in advocating the buying of gold, which seems to be a commodity that is unstoppable in its current upward spiral.