Gold Investment, is it the Right Idea?

Gold Investment, is it the Right Idea?

by Roman on July 13, 2016

Investing in forex, gold, silver or any other valuable is, in most cases, a good idea. However, it does require a thorough knowledge of the trade and staying up to date with market trends. Gold is one of those assets that will never cease to exist – especially if you’re buying gold in its physical form (bars and coins). The prices can be extremely volatile, just as in any other market, but gold will always keep at least some of its value. The proof for this is that during a serious financial crisis (2008-2010) most traders rushed to invest in this precious metal.

Historically, gold had a major role in the world economy – it has been used as a currency of choice for almost 4,000 years. It’s no longer the world reserve currency, and the dollar replaced it, but it’s still a good long-term investment under certain conditions. For a long time, the gold was available in its physical form only. However, today, you can invest in gold in many different ways: bars, coins, deliverables, exchange-traded products, certificates and mining companies.  Naturally, all these types of investments have their advantages and disadvantages.

We don’t say that investing a gold is a “must” – but it will surely help you to diversify your well-balanced portfolio. It would be wise to have at least 5 percent of your total portfolio in gold bullion, or any other form such as futures or an ETF. Why is good to devote at least a part of your portfolio to gold? Most people who invest in it think of the gold as a hedge or a safe haven  in the times of political or economic turbulence such as wars and inflation. It’s proven that purchasing gold diversifies risk and compared to other precious metals, it provides the best hedge, regardless of the market.

The experienced traders will make the volatility of your gold prices work to their advantage – if they put and keep a certain percentage of the portfolio in gold, regardless of its price ups and downs. Volatility is a day-trader’s best friend – if they pay close attention to “weak” hours when the trade should be avoided (hours when gold doesn’t move well). This is just one of the many rules that need to be followed if you want to be a successful trader – regardless of the current situation on the gold market.

Is it a good idea to invest in gold right now?

We already mentioned that gold is very popular when times are tough and uncertain and people rush to purchase gold hoping that it will provide a safe hedge. This is not a bad strategy per se, but investors “go with the crowd” in the fear for their economic safety and this leads to gold shortages. Also, there’s danger of making impulse purchases after investors have already lifted the gold prices. You’ll benefit more if you plan your investment ahead – and before waiting for an economic collapse.

The similar thing is happening right now – Brexit caused a real turmoil on the world currency market and the latest report (July 8) showed that $4.1 billion was spent on gold and silver during the previous week – which means that money is being invested in precious metals like never before. The price of gold has been dropping significantly between 2012 and 2015. The reason for this would be the strength of the US dollar against other currencies (the stronger the dollar, the lower the price of gold is). However, Brexit caused these prices to jump – gold went up almost 8% and silver has jumped 14% since the UK decided to leave the European Union.

To sum up – if you want to be a safe-haven investor, keep track of the situation, learn how to anticipate the crisis and purchase gold before it, while everything is still relatively calm and quiet. When concern about crisis spreads, it leads to a greater demand and gold shortages (as everyone wants to invest in it and the prices go up). If you need a hedge against uncertainties, advises that gold (especially in its physical form) and in a well-balanced portfolio will protect you against inflation, stock market weaknesses and other currency fluctuations.

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Guest post by Drew Heikkila

Vacations have a certain stigma attached to them. Yes, we know that they’re there for us to use, but that won’t stop us from feeling guilty when we use them—if we use them at all. Who’s going to fill in for us when we’re gone? On top of that, even with PTO, vacations can be expensive. Where’s the net benefit in making a week’s worth in vacation pay if you’re going to end up spending double that on the vacation itself?

It’s not uncommon to sum up vacation time that way here in the U.S. Bloomberg reported employment firm Hudson’s survey findings that over 50 percent of American workers fail to utilize all of their vacation days, with 30 percent using less than half and 20 percent using only a day or two—and that was in 2007.

In 2009, Bloomberg looked at the topic again and found that, even though the U.S. may tend to view vacations as impedances and distractions from actual work, countries with twice the amount of vacation time generally perform just as competitively, if not more than Americans.

So… maybe we’re doing it wrong here in the states. Maybe we should invest in more vacation time.

The argument for vacations as a means to actually save money are stronger than you might think, especially in an era where on-the-job stress accounts for the number one reason that employees are dissatisfied with their jobs. This comes as no surprise, especially after a Gallop survey reported that 35% of those surveyed said that job-related stress is “interfering with their family or personal time”. But that’s really just the set-up. The real zinger is a CCH Human Resources Management study that showed that more than almost half of all surveyed employees feel more “rested, rejuvenated, and reconnected to their personal lives” as well as feeling “more productive and better about their jobs”.

Wow. So here’s a thought: maybe—just maybe—working yourself 24/7 is not the right thing to do. Perhaps actually getting outside of the office and soaking up the sun on a beach might help your workflow in the long run, and lower your levels of stress.

The biggest opposition to vacation that I’ve heard here in my office is that trips and traveling simply cost too much. The flight, the expensive suite, the fancy steak dinners and champagne brunches , the touring and sightseeing, all of it adds up. I’m sure that sentiment is echoed by plenty of other middle-class workers, especially in a post-2008 America—but honestly, that shouldn’t stop people from taking vacations.

First of all, there are plenty of group vacation and all-inclusive options. I will be the first to say that even though I’m not living lavishly, I am a staunch advocate for vacationing on a budget and am lucky enough to have a group of friends that are as adamant as I am. From day trip packages in New York (definitely recommended), to the group discounts tickets to concerts at The Gorge, I’ve generally always been able to find a deal.

Second, there’s always stay-at-home decompression options. Staycations can help clear your mind and alleviate the stress that piles up like hour-glass sand. Watch movies with your family, shoot the breeze with your friends, and focus on absolutely anything else other than work. Which brings me to my third, and final point…

STRESS IS THE NUMBER ONE REASON FOR LOSS OF JOB PRODUCTIVITY. Employees who are stressed are more angry and irritable, have poorer memory and quality of work, have more of a struggle managing time, and call in to work sick more often. On top of that, stress is one of the biggest invisible killers in the states, putting millions at higher risk for heart attack and stroke. So just remember that your job? Yes it’s important, but it won’t be if you’re dead.

If you’re still wondering whether or not you should be taking your vacation time this year, let me leave you with this: an article detailing how unlimited vacation policies have helped one company become Inc. 500’s #2 fastest-growing software company, while another recorded 200% growth after said policy’s implementation.

If that’s not reason enough to reconsider investing in a vacation, I don’t know what is.

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Commodity prices continue to rise today and with the recent recession and austerity measures being implemented by company CEOs, perhaps you’re among the millions of people who haven’t had a pay raise in the last couple of years. You ask yourself, “Should I make difficult sacrifices?” Or “Is it time to break the bank?”

In the endless battle between earnings and expenses, you might always think you’re on the losing side. Your buying power is depleting and it might make sense that you now have to lose some of the hobbies you enjoy but, let’s make it simple. Get your priorities straight with this checklist:

Get rid of your vices

Smoking and drinking can cost a lot more than you think. Sure, a Friday night out with the gang is reasonable. Daily drinking is something else. Think of how much you spend on alcoholic drinks and you’ll see how much you can save in a month. Smoking is surely worth quitting, too. Though it may be hard, it will not only save you a lot of money but will also save your health. Think about it.


Regularly check group-buying sites for coupons that can help you good deals on grocery items. You can save a lot of money this way. Also if you’re used to branded products, be open-minded and try out the lesser known brands. This is most effective when buying toothpaste, tissue rolls, and cooking oil.

Also, the best way to save on groceries is to grow your own food. If you have the space, a spare pot around your house or apartment, you can plant herbs and spices. Or if you have a whole garden, it’s best that you plant edible fruits and vegetables. This way, you are not only saving money but also ensuring that you consume healthy, GMO-free food.

Utility Bills

Check your appliances at home. Your movie players, radio, microwave ovens –most of them stay “on” when plugged into an electrical outlet. It would be better to buy an auto-voltage regulator or an extension cord with a switch so that you can easily turn off all electric appliances when not using them. You will notice it in your next electric bill when your usage goes down. Make sure that your faucets and showers don’t have leaks too.

For mobile phones, it’s more economical to use messaging apps to make calls and send messages. You will not incur charges this way, unlike when you use your telecom provider’s services. These apps can be used anywhere where there’s Wi-Fi.

Credit Cards and Debt

If you’re knee-deep in credit card debt, it could benefit you to get a loan to pay it off to be able to give yourself some breathing room. Plan your monthly budget, which would include payments for the new loan. Once fully paid, cancel credit cards and apply for a new one. You’ll be able to enjoy their first-time perks and rewards. This is quite easy to do because you can now acquire a credit card online.

Travelling and Vacation

Watch out for promos on cheap flights and cruises! This is the best way to go on a vacation. You can still enjoy the thrill of travelling without burning a hole in your pocket. Travel agencies also offer discounts if you’re going as a group. Convince your friends to come with you, it will be cheaper and more fun. This same method is also useful when you go to work or when you go out. Travel with a group in a carpool and then chip in on expensive gasoline for your gas-guzzling SUV.

One useful reminder:  always be on the watch for promotional offers on free stuff and experiences. It wouldn’t hurt if you join Facebook contests and other social media competitions.

Remember the things on this list, as they will help you increase your savings while you work hard and wait for that coveted work promotion. In this economy, you have to be practical instead of wasteful. It’s not too hard. All you’ve got to do is change your mind-set.

Besides, what exactly is a happy lifestyle? Isn’t it more about being contented with what you have?


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Why you should invest in gold in 2013?

Why you should invest in gold?

by Roman on February 22, 2013

Anyone who watches the markets knows how well gold has done in the past few years. An investment in gold has done much better than equities or real estate in the last couple years. In all reality, most experts would agree that gold has a lot of room to grow in the future. While no investment is guaranteed, you should feel very safe by investing in gold given the current economic and political landscapes. Here are four reasons why you should invest in gold in 2013.

1.Government Policies

Most people are realistic when it comes to our government. Our government leaders from both sides of the aisle have created policies that have brought on economic problems. With the value of the dollar declining, gold is going to have another great year. As our government fails to fix the problems, inflation will start becoming more prevalent, and gold is a great hedge against inflation.

2.No better alternative

When you factor inflation into the mix, equities and real estate have performed poorly in the past decade. It appears that housing is going to be stagnant for at least a few more years. Equities have had a nice run, but valuations are now rich and it appears the market will be heading sideways or down for the foreseeable future. Gold has provided investors with a solid and safe return in the past few years and 2013 looks great for gold.

3.Not making more

Gold is a commodity, and with developing economies growing at a fast pace, gold is necessary. Gold is used in the production of electronics and other goods that people use every day. With the countries of India and China growing at a rapid rate, it has never been a better time to invest in gold.

4.Other governments

Not only is the United States government ignoring the problems, governments around the world are not helping either. All over Europe, Asia and the Middle Easy, governments are printing money in order to avoid recessions. This has a huge effect on currency and the value of currencies. Gold should continue to be a great investment as long as governments around the world are not fixing the problem.

Gold has been a great investment in the past five years. There is no reason why gold will not continue to be a great way to make money. For the foreseeable future, it appears that there will be sufficient problems around the world to merit investing in gold. While there is no guarantee, anyone who invests in gold should do very well over the next decade.


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