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Gold provides inflation and deflation protection

With Bank of Engalnd policy maker Adam Posen stating the case to print more money, it reinforces the case for owning physical gold.

The Bank of England have already printed £200b of Quantitative Easing (QE) in a desparate attempt to support the UK’s floundering economy. There is now talk within the central bank to extend this by another £50b and potentially open the doors for a further £200b of ‘funny money’.

Inflationary environment

But what does all this mean to you and me? Well, the last country to use QE in this way was Zimbabwe and they now have over 1million % inflation rates. That means its people literally cannot carry enough money to buy a loaf of bread! Now I’m not suggesting for a moment that we will see similar levels here in the UK. However, this untested act of desparation combined with the record low interest rates can provide the perfect cocktail for an inflationary environment. I can definitely see inflation hitting double digits in the UK in the next few years as the economy eventually heats up.

For the average person that means that their hard earned cash will lose its buying power. If wages don’t increase by 10% or more, then we will all be worse off. Our savings in the bank which receive 1% or less interest now will be losing value day after day.

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That’s why I feel it is the proactive and prudent saver who looks to shift a proportion of their savings sideways into physcial gold. Why expose yourself entirely to Sterling, its probable weakness and inflation? Surely its wise to spread your eggs into various baskets and the gold basket is the safe haven asset which protects against both inflation and deflation.

It is policies such as QE which reminds us all that its always worth having a little gold in your portfolio as we never know what the world will look like tomorrow. Certainly we can never safely predict where the central banks will decide to stop.

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Which are the best gold coins to buy?

One of the most common questions I hear is from keen investors wanting to know the best gold coins to buy as an investment.

The most important thing people seem to overlook is the ease in which you’ll be able to sell the coins. It sounds obvious, but so many buyers focus purely on trying to get as much gold for their money when they invest that they forget to consider the liquidity of the gold.

Liquidity makes the best gold coins

Remember that your profit is only realised on physical gold when you actually sell the coins at a profit. So when buying coins your primary focus must be on choosing well-known coins in desirable condition. So please don’t be tempted by an obscure coin just because its £10 cheaper than its globally renowned alternative.  With this in mind, any of the well-known bullion coins are a safe bet. These could be Sovereigns, Britannias, Krugerrands, Eagles, etc. You can find a comprehensive list with thorough descriptions at Bullion coins.

A novice should never try to be too smart by delving into the world of numismatic or historical coins. These generally present high potential profit, but also large losses for those without market experience.  Proof coins should generally be avoided by the gold investor as you won’t necessarily get the full premium back that they command.

For very modest investors it can be fun to select a variety of bullion coins for your portfolio, perhaps choosing some Sovereign coins with an interesting background or coins with beautiful designs.

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Tax efficiency

However, for those UK investors considering a more sizeable investment you must consider factors such as tax. Capital Gains tax was recently increased for higher rate tax payers in the UK to 28%. That means that if you sell your gold coins at a profit exceeding your annual limit (currently around £10k) then you’ll pay away alomst a third of that excess to the taxman. Any other assets you sell in that year will use up that £10k limit too. So if you sell shares or an investment property and make a profit, you’ll no doubt be paying CGT on all your gold profit!


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The great news is that with some careful planning and help from a reputable gold dealer, you can source tax free gold coins. Britannia and Sovereign coins are free from Capital gains Tax for UK residents due to their status as legal tender. Quite simply the taxman cannot tax the movement of legal currency. For this reason, together with the fact that these two coins are amongst the world’s best known, most UK investors are best off investing into these tax free gold coins.

The most important rule with gold coin investing is that everyone’s situation, needs and motivations for buying differ, and so the best gold coins to buy may also vary. This is where the real value of a knowledgeable gold dealer pays dividends!