The Gold Guide

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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For centuries, gold has meant wealth, prestige, and power, and its rarity and natural beauty have made it precious to men and women alike. Owning gold has long been a bulwark against disaster. Many times when paper money has failed, men have turned to gold as the one true source of monetary wealth.

Today is no different. While there have been fluctuations in every market and decided downturns in some, the expectation is that gold will hold its own. There is a limited amount of gold in the world, so investing in gold is still a good way to plan for the future.

The History of Gold

While bits of natural gold have been found in the remains of inhabited caves dating back as far as the Paleolithic Era around 40,000 B.C., there is some agreement that gold was first used as adornment in the temples of ancient Egypt. Interestingly enough, gold was not used as money at that time. Instead, the ancient Egyptians used barley as their exchange medium.

By the 7th century B.C., gold was used as money in Lydia. Croesus, the King of Lydia in 550 B.C., was famous for seeking to possess more and more gold so that eventually the term "rich as Croesus" meant someone who had unbelievably vast wealth. Later Julius Caeser minted gold coins to pay his Roman legions who were thrilled when they began to see the value of their pay growing rapidly.

Keeping an Eye on the Gold Market

Once you decide to invest in gold, gold shares, or gold futures, it is important to watch the gold market daily, and sometimes more often, in order to manage your gold portfolio. There are hundreds of websites that offer gold spot prices, sometimes as often as every three or four minutes. Having this critical information at hand will help you to know when to buy or sell, and you will soon begin to understand how this exciting market works and why it has remained so solid for so long.

As markets go, the gold market is sometimes predictably cyclical and is often an indicator of how other markets will do in its wake. In order to participate wisely in the gold market, you should learn about gold shares and gold futures, buying and selling gold coins and bullion. You will be able to find numerous online courses that will help you to gain basic and even more advanced knowledge about the gold market.

Types of Gold Investments

Depending on how much money you want to invest initially, you may want to consider rare coins or gold bullion, both of which can be purchased in small quantities. Many online sites offer excellent quality pictures, descriptions, and prices of the coins they sell. You may be surprised at how easy it is to get into the gold market once you have gained some basic knowledge of the process.

There is a wealth of online information available to newcomers to the gold arena. For example, you can find online tutorials about buying gold, silver, and platinum in various forms. If you are interested in other precious metals, you will find online resources about current market trends and about long-term movement. The key to success in the gold market is to gather as much information as you need to make informed decisions.

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