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What’s the Difference Between Sterling Silver and Silver?

When people buy and sell silver, they often use the terms sterling silver and silver interchangeably. The precious metal is much in demand, thanks to rising demand from the industry, as well as increased scarcity in recent years. Silver is, of course, a popular metal, as it is 75 times cheaper than buying gold. Basically, it would take around 75 troy ounces of silver to buy one troy ounce of gold, at the current gold-silver price ratio. As silver prices continue to escalate, there is increased interest in the white metal from customers all over the world.

What is sterling silver?

So, is sterling silver and silver the same thing after all? Actually, sterling silver is an alloy of silver. When we use term ‘fine silver’, we are in fact referring to silver with a purity of 99.9%. However, sterling silver has a purity of only 92.5%. The balance 7.5% consists of other metals, which we will discuss shortly.  Like gold, silver is an amazing conductor of heat and energy. It is also a soft metal in its pure form. Due to this, 99.9% pure silver is not a good choice for making artefacts, jewellery, cutlery, etc. Sterling silver was therefore created by metallurgists in order to have a metal to work with, that was hard and durable enough to be able to hold the shape of an item.

What's the Difference Between Sterling Silver and Silver?
Sterling silver is a popular choice for making kitchenware

The composition of sterling silver

Steel, which is an alloy itself is sometimes added to silver to make sterling silver. Other metals of choice include copper, nickel or zinc. So, when sterling silver is made, the balance 7.5% is made of these base metals. The addition of base metals may enhance the stability of the metal, but it also causes loss of lustre and the metal becomes tarnished over time. Tarnishing is a common feature of most alloys and if sterling silver is not polished regularly, the shine starts to fade. Basically, on exposure to air or water, sulphur compounds react with the sterling silver and a black sulphide layer is created on the surface, which fades the lustre from the surface. On the other hand, pure silver does not tarnish easily.


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Uses of sterling silver

Sterling silver is cheaper than pure silver and is often used in the making of kitchenware, particularly cutlery. These include spoons, knives, forks, etc. Prior to stainless steel cutlery being introduced, sterling silver was the material of choice for cutlery making and this cutlery needed to be polished every day. Utensils made out of sterling silver also need to be used every day, as lack of use causes reactions with the air and the items start to look tarnished.PHYS01_Animated_Gif_2_MPU

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Our silver experts can help you identify the differences between sterling silver and fine silver. Since it is a popular choice, many items that are actually made of sterling silver are referred to as silver. It is important that our buyers are well aware of what they are buying. Call a member of our team on 020 7060 9992 or get in touch online via the contact page on our website. All the silver products sold by us carry a certificate of authenticity and a buyback offer. You can also get more information on our website about the various silver products that we do.

 

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What Alloys are Commonly Mixed with Gold?

The chemistry of gold makes it a unique element in the world, such that there is none like it that can be found. Many of us learnt during high school chemistry lessons that the chemical symbol of gold is Au. Gold has an atomic number of 79, which simply means that each atom of the precious metal contains 79 protons within its nucleus. The unique colour of gold, however, is not dependent on the atoms, as the colour of a metal is dependent on how electrons behave between energy bands. In the case of gold, its unique colour is based on these transitions which give the metal an unmistakable, alluring, warm lustre that humans have found irresistible for centuries.

The unique properties of gold

The purity of gold is indicated by the karat number the metal possesses. When gold is fused into an alloy with other metals, its purity decreases, as does its karat number. So, 14 karat gold has a far greater proportion of base metals than 24 karat gold, which has a purity of 999.9. Now, that leads us to an interesting question. Why is gold formed into an alloy with other metals? In reality, this has a lot to do with its usage. Gold is commonly used in making jewellery. In order to use gold to carefully craft the intricate designs of jewels, the metal needs to undergo certain changes that make the substance easier to work with.

What Alloys are Commonly Mixed with Gold?
Gold is often melted and fused with other metals to form alloys with unique properties

For example, we know that pure gold is extremely soft and malleable. This means that if we manufacture jewellery using 24 karat pure gold, the products would never retain their shapes. On the other hand, pure gold is also ductile. Believe it or not, one ounce of gold can be pulled into 80 km of gold wire with a thickness of 5 microns. So, in order to make it more usable and durable, certain base metals need to be added to gold to harden it. So, as a savvy gold investor, you need to know and understand the different types of gold. Understanding its composition gives us greater insight into its characteristics and industrial usage.
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The different faces of gold

The creation of gold alloys greatly affects the properties of the precious metal, which is why it’s a useful technique that has been around for years. Important properties like the colour, melting point, ductility or malleability of gold can be altered by simply adding other metals into the mix. When we add base metals like zinc, cadmium or tin, the melting point of gold is reduced substantially.

Gold has a melting point of 1063 degrees Celsius. Due to the reduction of the melting point, savings in energy costs are achieved. On the other hand, adding platinum or nickel increases the hardness of the alloy. This is essential for jewellery manufacturers, as pure gold is too soft to work with. By hardening the surface, the jewellery also becomes scratch resistant, which is an added advantage.

What Alloys are Commonly Mixed with Gold?
White gold is plated with rhodium in order to make it attractive

Changes in colour

Gold jewellery now comes in a range of fantastic colours. These colour effects are created by adding copper, palladium, silver or nickel in accurate proportions. Since these metals each have their own properties, they are able to create different hues when fused with gold. Popular gold shades like green, grey or white gold are created in this manner. An interesting example is white gold. This is created by adding rhodium. The combination not only creates a white lustre, it also makes the surface much harder, making it scratch proof. The gold-titanium alloy is another example of an innovative alloy used to make wedding rings. In this alloy, only 1% of titanium is introduced, which is enough to make it really strong and creates a lovely shimmer, along with a grey tone.


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At Physical Gold, our gold experts are able to guide customers on every type of gold there is in the market. We advise customers just like you on making investments in precious metals every day. We are a reputed online gold and silver broker and all our products are sold with a certificate that guarantees its genuineness as well as a buyback promise. Call our team now on 020 7060 9992 or drop us an email and a member of our team will get in touch right away.

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How Much Gold in the World is There?

Gold Supply

Gold is becoming increasingly scarce in the world, with scarcity driving up the price. Of course, many people who already hold a large amount of gold and gold dealers believe that this scarcity is a good thing that will continue to keep the spot prices of gold up. But, let’s just stop for a moment and figure out how much gold is left on the planet that hasn’t yet been mined.

Well, the World Gold Council thinks that 190,040 tonnes of gold have already been extracted from the ground throughout human history. According to them, if all the mined gold were gathered up and put together, it would form a large cube with a height close to a 7-storey building.

The availability of gold

Now, human civilisations have mined gold for thousands of years. It would probably be impossible to assess how much gold these predecessors of ours mined and used up. Infact, current estimates are dependent on the price of gold. Now, if you’re wondering what the current spot price of gold can have anything to do with estimating the amount of gold that’s underground, stop for a moment and think again. The current market price of gold has to be able to pay for exploration and extraction of gold from below the ground. Mining companies incur huge operational costs in removing the gold from the mines. If the current prices are unsustainable, then it’s pointless for the companies to continue to operate and explore these resources. So, current estimates of gold calculated by the large mining companies are divided into two categories.

How Much Gold in the World is There?
Many gold mines have already exhausted supplies and have been abandoned

‘Reserves’ mean the amount of gold available and ready to mine, provided its economical to do so at the current prices of gold. Then, there are ‘Resources’ which are unviable to extract from the ground at the current spot prices. However, the company is willing to wait for this gold to become available for extraction at a different price point. The price should cover all the costs incurred by the company including exploration and discovery of new sites, geological and environmental surveys and the operational cost of mining.


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The peak of gold

Now, gold is certainly one of the rarest elements on this planet, spanning around 0.003 per millionth part of the Earth. The rarity of gold postulates the question, “How much of it is left anyway?” According to Eugene King, gold analyst at investment bank Goldman Sachs, the peak of gold has come and gone in 2015. The report claims that there may be only 20 years of gold mining left. According to King, ‘known’ reserves of gold will be depleted around the year 2035. However, similar predictions were made about oil and the Hubbert’s Peak Theory claimed that global oil had already peaked in the 1970s. However, new reserves of oil continue to be discovered even today. So, the key factor in these theories is that they are somewhat based on sources that have already been identified.

How Much Gold in the World is There?
Some analysts predict that the last gold nugget could be extracted around 2035

Space mining is a possibility

In all probability, 2035 may come and go, and even if we deplete all the known reserves of gold, mining companies and governments would continue to invest in exploration in the hope of discovering new supplies of gold, in response to the world’s rising demand for the precious metal. There is even speculation that mankind would be able to discover new reserves of precious metals on extra-terrestrial locations like the moon and certain asteroids. Interestingly, former American President, Barack Obama even approved new legislation that allows mining in space.

Gold volumes mined today

Currently, international mining companies Insider's Guide to gold and silverproduce approximately 50mn troy ounces of gold per year. While that may sound like a lot, it’s actually just enough to fit into a cube measuring around 4.3m on each side. So, what could happen if the world’s gold production trickles to a stop? Well, the first thing that would happen is that prices would go through the roof, provided demand continues to rise. Industries may look for substitutes to replace gold.

Assuming that prices were to keep rising, serious investors need to be aware of the market trends and start investing in gold now, in order to maximise their gains in the years to come. In fact, the amount of gold underground isn’t really that important, as some of it may be there in the depths of the Earth and may never be extracted. It’s important to predict how much-known gold reserves could be taken out in the years to come.

Talk to our gold experts to understand the future of gold

At Physical Gold, our industry experts invest a lot of time in research to understand exactly which way the precious metals markets are headed. We base our investor advice on this research and you can benefit from this as well. Talk to a member of the investment team today on 020 7060 9992 or get in touch online. Our team has many man-years experience in this industry and are best placed to give you the right advice for your gold investments.

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Gold to Silver Price Ratio – A Look at the Past 20 Years

Price correlation of gold to silver

The gold to silver price ratio has historically been an important factor that influences buying decisions taken by investors when investing in precious metals. There are a few factors that drive investors to buy gold or silver. Most investors do not consider investing in gold or silver in isolation. It is usually a decision taken as a part of a concerted strategy to invest in asset classes that minimise risk and maximise gains for the investor. In doing so, an investor who is creating a portfolio of investments to build wealth over the long term will have an investment window of at least six to ten years to remain invested in certain asset classes.

Understanding precious metal investments

Like a palette of paints available to the painter, the investor uses several asset classes to construct a diversified portfolio. These asset classes could consist of equity funds, debt funds, direct equity, bonds, real estate, cash deposits and precious metals, to name a few. There are many views on how much investment should be allocated to precious metals during an asset allocation exercise. Many investment advisors recommend an allocation of 10 to 15% within a portfolio. However, there are a few compelling reasons for investors to invest in gold and silver.

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The spot price of gold has risen steadily over the years

Gold and silver investments during market crises

Investors often use precious metals as a hedge against market forces. Gold is a popular choice to hedge against both inflation, as well as interest rates. On the other hand, we often see investors flocking to buy gold or silver when capital markets take a plunge globally. In recent times, the 2008 financial crisis and 2011. This was evident during the 2011 financial crisis when global capital markets crashed due to S&Ps downgrade of the US economy. The market crash prompted investors to move their money away from stock markets, and invest in gold. On August 22, 2011, the spot price of gold touched a record $1,900.


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Gold silver price ratio movements

Situations like these simply mean that prices of gold have surged out of control due to astronomically high market demand. During a time like this, if silver prices did not respond adequately to the shift in the market, the gold-silver price ratio would rise and the spread would widen. But this is not the case. Trends show us that the spread falls. For example, the current ratio of gold to silver is around 75: 1. This means that gold is 75 times dearer than silver. It would take 75 ounces of silver to purchase 1 ounce of gold. Now, if the price of gold continued to rise unabated, without a proportional rise in silver prices, the gold-silver price ratio would surge upward, as gold would then become several times dearer than it is now when compared to silver.

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When silver prices outperform gold in a bull market, the price ratio falls

An inverse relationship

However, it is important to note that when precious metals enter a bull market phase, silver usually outperforms against gold. Since silver is more affordable, demand for it remains higher, driving the prices of silver higher. In recent years, silver price movements are not dependent only on investor demand. Industrial demand and scanty supplies have been pushing silver prices up. When this happens, the gold-silver spread or the difference between the prices of the two metals reduces, and the ratio falls.  A look at the 20-year gold-silver ratio tells us that in 2011 when gold prices were at their highest, the gold-silver ratio fell to a record low of 30.48. On August 22, 2011, silver rose to more than $42 per ounce from a low of around $28 on 1st February 2011. This was the same date when gold touched its record high.

In 2016, gold prices were above $1400 an ounce, and the gold-silver price ratio was around 65. A close look at 2011 shows us that the price curve of silver outperformed against gold during that period. Therefore, we can say that the gold-silver price ratio has an inverse relationship with market rises. As a gold or silver investor, it is important to understand this relationship and explore the drivers responsible for the rise and fall in gold and silver prices.
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At Physical Gold, our investment advisors do not give you tips on how to time the market. We believe that investments in precious metals are best done by understanding the fundamentals of the market and making an educated decision on when and how to invest. Call us now on 020 7060 9992 or get in touch with our team online to find out more about price movements in the gold and silver markets.

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Gold Investment vs Mutual Funds

Comparing gold investment to stock funds is a common choice many invetsors debate. Where would your money work best and which will provide highe returns?

Capital markets have generated good returns during upswings in the stock markets around the world. However, investing in company stocks is a risky business. Capital markets were initially isolated and rose and fell based on market forces and investor sentiment within regional economies. But with the advent of globalisation, it all changed. In today’s day and age, events in one part of the world create ripple effects across the important global stock exchanges like the London stock exchange (LSE), New York stock exchange (NYSE), the Hang Seng of Hong Kong and the Bombay stock exchange (BSE) in India. Numerous forces are at work, including interest rates, fiscal measures implemented by countries, the forces of inflation and geopolitical scenarios across regions.

Forces at work

It’s not just macro-economic forces that are at work; the economics of supply and demand within industry sectors, competitor action and drivers within each industrial segment are all responsible for the rise and fall in stock prices. In order to analyse all this information and derive a successful investment strategy is a full-time job. In addition to this, picking the right stocks that are likely to generate the desired level of returns within your investment horizon requires special skills.

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Investments in physical gold are more stable than equity mutual funds

Equity research

Due to this, thousands of retail investors invest their money in mutual funds and rely on the fund managers to make the investment decisions. Being an institutional investment house, mutual fund companies employ teams of research analysts who conduct research on companies based on industry sectors. This involves assessing the fundamentals of the companies, financials, the quality of the company management and their performance in the market. Key performance indicators (KPIs) like total shareholder returns (TSR), price earnings ratio and returns on capital employed (ROCE) are also taken into account.


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Market unpredictability

In spite of all the science behind investments, it is virtually impossible to predict global events that lead to boom and bust cycles in the stock markets. For example, no one could have predicted 9/11 and the impact it would have on the global economy. If you were the greatest fund manager with an unerring ability to pick winning stocks each and every time, you would still have been caught unawares. Mutual fund investments, therefore are fraught with markets risks, no matter the quality of fund management or NAV (Net Asset Value) performance.

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Mutual funds are subject to the inherent risks of the capital markets

Mutual funds vs gold

Apart from market risks, let’s explore some of the other drawbacks of mutual fund investments. Gold, on the other hand, is an asset class that’s simpler, more robust, steady and delivers sustainable value over a period of time. To start with, there’s less volatility within the class itself. As discussed earlier, mutual fund performance is dependent on the state of the stock markets. Even diversified equity funds that spread their risks by allocating investments over a range of industry sectors are sometimes overweight in a certain sector, making it vulnerable to sectoral risks.

High fees – Well managed funds need to Insider's Guide to gold and silverpay high salaries to investment professionals and run a well-oiled team. Needless to say, these costs are passed on to the investor, i.e. you. Buying gold from a reputed online broker is simpler, more transparent and incurs lower costs.

Selling price – You can’t sell your mutual fund investments like you sell shares. Since funds operate on the principle of a daily NAV, when you issue an instruction to sell, the price isn’t fixed until the trading day ends. Physical gold, on the other hand, is sold as per the spot price per troy ounce and the selling price is decided at the time of the sale.

Capital gains tax conundrum – Mutual funds charge their capital gains tax bills back to the investors simply by distributing them regardless of how long you’ve been invested. If you were invested in direct equity, on the other hand, your CGT bill would have been lower, if you had held your positions for the long term. Of course, long-term capital gains taxes are lower.

Also, the fund may have sold some profitable equities and amassed a capital gains tax bill that they would distribute across the fund holders. But, if those profitable investments weren’t part of the scheme you invested in, and your scheme ended up posting losses, you’d still be paying a tax bill although you didn’t rake in any profits. However, investments in gold in the UK are capital gains tax-free. Now that’s a compelling reason to invest in gold from a tax point of view.

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Gold and Silver Research: 8 Financial Blogs Not to Miss

Best Gold and Silver Research sites

François-Marie Arouet, the classical French philosopher and writer commonly known as Voltaire (1694-1778) once said: “Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value – zero.” One of the earliest uses of fiat currencies is recorded in China in the year 1000 AD. Since then, modern global economics has successfully managed to keep the solvency of fiat currencies alive. Its intrinsic value was kept alive by linking it to gold so that businesses and tradesmen would honour paper notes and coins made of base metals as having an accepted representative value. This was popularly known as the gold standard and the practice ended at the end of the two world wars, as gold reserves eventually thinned out.

Do your research to really unlock the potential of gold and silver

Rising inflation has been eating into the value of fiat currencies over the last 20 years, and global economic turmoil has left few options to generate good returns for investors. Therefore, anyone looking for a sustainable, stable store of value with strong fundamentals in order to hedge against currency debasement and market risks would seriously consider gold and silver. With the prices of precious metals slated to go up in the near future, it is important to conduct your own research into gold and silver. In this article, we’ll run through the best blogs for you to read.

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Investor research is an essential step before investing in gold bars

1.  The World Gold Council blog

The World Gold Council focuses on developing the gold industry by creating awareness among investors, ensuring a steady demand for gold and establishing themselves as a market authority for gold. Their blog provides insights into the gold market and helps investors understand the drivers for supply and demand in the market. The blog also provides market commentary and tracks price trends for the precious metal. Through its members, the World Gold Council seeks to be a collective voice in the gold industry. Several articles on the blog are available for free download and provide investors with effective guidance on how to invest in gold.


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2.  The LBMA blog

The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) is a regulatory body that sets standards for the precious metals market. The association has a footprint across 30 countries, with more than 140 members. The LBMA sets trading standards for the industry on a number of areas including purity and form. As a regulatory body, the organisation value adds to the industry by ensuring that service providers adhere to the highest standards at all times. Their blog is essentially a collection of news articles, press releases and publications relating to the precious metals industry.

3.  Gold trading experts

Based in Birmingham, Gold Trading Experts is a gold industry training services provider for investors. They provide online tutorials, training materials and information designed to assist their users in understanding the dynamics of the gold market. Regular video overviews of the market are regularly uploaded on their website. In order to gain full access to their services, users need to purchase a paid subscription. The gold blog provides market updates and price trends.

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Coin buyers use blogs to do their research before buying coins made out of precious metals

4.  The Royal Mint bullion blog

The Royal Mint has a long history that dates back to 886 AD, during the time of Alfred the Great. Since then, the Royal Mint has been the official flag bearer for British coinage. After centuries of existence as a mint owned by the British government, it is now a limited company, wholly owned by Her Majesty’s Treasury. The mint is the official manufacturer tasked with creating the nation’s coinage. The bullion blog published by the Royal Mint is a great repository of information about the London bullion market, price information, coin reviews and articles about important coins in the history of British coinage.

5.  Mint news blog

The Mint News Blog provides PHYS01_Animated_Gif_2_MPUmarket watch articles and commentary on the products released by the United States Mint. The information contained in the blog is of great interest to numismatists and bullion investors alike. The blog was originally published by Michael Zielinski back in 2009 and is now managed by a publishing firm called Whitman Publishing LLC.

6.  PNG news and events blog

The Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) is one of the best-known certification agencies in the world for gold and silver coins. Their website features a blog page under the title ‘news and events’, which serves as a library of information for investors who wish to buy gold and silver coins. Set up in 1955, PNG is an industry regulator of repute, whose coin grading service is trusted all over the world.

7.  The artisanal gold council blog

The artisanal gold council caters to the mining industry and champions the sustainable development of small-scale gold mining companies. The artisanal gold council blog publishes information, articles and news related to the gold mining industry and can be an interesting read for investors who wish to know about the sources of the gold they’re buying.

8.  The silver institute blog

The Silver Institute is a non-profit organisation that acts as an industry body for the global silver industry. The institute’s website is essentially a blog aimed at educating silver investors across the world. It features industry news, the uses of silver, silver price charts and links to other online resources about silver investing.

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Gold Investment YouTube videos

A lot of investors educate themselves these days through YouTube videos. Indeed, visual is the way to go as it engages more than one set of senses – auditory and visual. However, videos like the ones on YouTube do a lot more. As the videos are available on a social media platform, it helps you connect with a community of people who are interested in the same things as you. You can also interact with them and become a part of the community and enhance your own learning experience through collective knowledge sharing. More importantly, you can watch these videos through the internet when you’re on the move.

Imagine being on the London tube from Newbury Park to Notting Hill Gate, a journey that will probably take you an hour. Apart from taking a nap or gaping at your fellow passengers, there’s little else you can do. But, we find that more and more people use this time to watch learning videos to enrich their own knowledge about a certain subject. So, YouTube is great for enabling mobile learning. It’s also great as a micro-learning tool since the medium allows you to assimilate learning in bite-sized chunks, as opposed to trying to digest everything in one go.


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So, now that we have established that online videos can promote learning, we also believe that gold investors can learn quite a bit from watching these videos. In this article, we’ll discover more about five such videos that can be a great learning opportunity. The selection of these videos has been made based on viewership.

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Gold bars are a popular investment option and often discussed on social media

1)  How to invest in gold for beginners

This video was uploaded on 11th April 2014 and features a beginner’s guide to gold investment, published by MoneyWeek. The video has enjoyed a viewership of 103,635, which is considered high for a video in the non-fiction genre. The highlight of the video was the recording of an interview with Warren Buffet, the great investment guru, talking about gold investments. In this video, he makes the infamous statement that if we took all the gold in the world, it would fill a 67-foot cube that would cost $7trn and would be sitting at one end of the room, doing nothing. Buffet argues that for the same amount of money one could buy a large stock portfolio of US-based equities, which would generate a much greater return. Viewer comments state that Buffet is not entirely justified in his comments because gold provides insurance against times of turmoil in the international stock markets.

2)  Investing in GOLD – How to invest in Gold for Beginners

Investing in gold is a YouTube video published by Investing 1000. The 4-minute video has a viewership of 66,765 views. The video walks novice investors through all the basics of gold investing much in the same way the ‘insights’ section does on the Physical Gold website.

3)  Kevin O’Leary’s ‘Cold, Hard, Truth’ on Gold Investing

This video is published on YouTube by Kevin O’Leary, Chairman of the O’Leary fund. Kevin is a highly successful American entrepreneur and an expert in the science of investing. The video has a viewership of 716,127. The long 19-minute video has great information about investing and O’Leary discusses the pros and cons related to investing in physical gold.  The video provides useful information for novice and expert investors alike.

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4)  Getting rich with gold investment – documentary

 

The education channel is an online e-learning Insider's Guide to gold and silverchannel that publishes useful videos on science, commerce and investing. Their 40-minute documentary, titled ‘getting rich with gold investment’, explores the history of gold, the growth of its demand as a precious metal and considering gold as part of the asset allocation for your investment portfolio. The video also talks about the percentage of your investment portfolio that needs to be invested in gold. The video packs in a lot of useful information for investors.

 

5)  Ron Paul on gold: no one knows value; I’m buying

Dr. Ron Paul talks about why investing in gold currently is a great idea, with the increased volatility in the US dollar and inflation creeping up. Ron Paul is a physician, writer, retired politician and gold investment expert. In this video, he debunks many myths about the behaviour of the US dollar and the inflation index. He also explains why to invest in gold right now and why, like him, a lot of people are buying.

 

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Whilst YouTube is a great platform for investor information, everything you see and hear on social media cannot necessarily be trusted as genuine information For the most accurate and authentic information on how to invest in gold, call our investment advisory team on 020 7060 9992. You can also reach out to them by contacting them via our website. They are best placed to guide you through the ins and outs and gold investing and will give you the information you can rely on. Call now!

 

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5 YouTube Videos About Gold Investment

Gold Investment YouTube videos

A lot of investors educate themselves these days through YouTube videos. Indeed, visual is the way to go as it engages more than one set of senses auditory and visual. However, videos like the ones on YouTube do a lot more. As the videos are available on a social media platform, it helps you connect with a community of people who are interested in the same things as you. You can also interact with them and become a part of the community and enhance your own learning experience through collective knowledge sharing. More importantly, you can watch these videos through the internet when youre on the move.
Imagine being on the London tube from Newbury Park to Notting Hill Gate, a journey that will probably take you an hour. Apart from taking a nap or gaping at your fellow passengers, theres little else you can do. But, we find that more and more people use this time to watch learning videos to enrich their own knowledge about a certain subject. So, YouTube is great for enabling mobile learning. Its also great as a micro-learning tool since the medium allows you to assimilate learning in bite-sized chunks, as opposed to trying to digest everything in one go.


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So, now that we have established that online videos can promote learning, we also believe that gold investors can learn quite a bit from watching these videos. In this article, well discover more about five such videos that can be a great learning opportunity. The selection of these videos has been made based on viewership.

YouTube Videos About Gold Investment
Gold bars are a popular investment option and often discussed on social media

1) How to invest in gold for beginners

This video was uploaded on 11th April 2014 and features a beginners guide to gold investment, published by MoneyWeek. The video has enjoyed a viewership of 103,635, which is considered high for a video in the non-fiction genre. The highlight of the video was the recording of an interview with Warren Buffet, the great investment guru, talking about gold investments. In this video, he makes the infamous statement that if we took all the gold in the world, it would fill a 67-foot cube that would cost $7trn and would be sitting at one end of the room, doing nothing. Buffet argues that for the same amount of money one could buy a large stock portfolio of US-based equities, which would generate a much greater return. Viewer comments state that Buffet is not entirely justified in his comments because gold provides insurance against times of turmoil in the international stock markets.

2) Investing in GOLD – How to invest in Gold for Beginners

Investing in gold is a YouTube video published by Investing 1000. The 4-minute video has a viewership of 66,765 views. The video walks novice investors through all the basics of gold investing much in the same way the insights section does on the Physical Gold website.

3) Kevin O’Leary’s ‘Cold, Hard, Truth’ on Gold Investing

This video is published on YouTube by Kevin OLeary, Chairman of the OLeary fund. Kevin is a highly successful American entrepreneur and an expert in the science of investing. The video has a viewership of 716,127. The long 19-minute video has great information about investing and OLeary discusses the pros and cons related to investing in physical gold. The video provides useful information for novice and expert investors alike.

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4) Getting rich with gold investment documentary

 

The education channel is an online e-learning Insider's Guide to gold and silverchannel that publishes useful videos on science, commerce and investing. Their 40-minute documentary, titled getting rich with gold investment, explores the history of gold, the growth of its demand as a precious metal and considering gold as part of the asset allocation for your investment portfolio. The video also talks about the percentage of your investment portfolio that needs to be invested in gold. The video packs in a lot of useful information for investors.
 

5) Ron Paul on gold: no one knows value; I’m buying

Dr. Ron Paul talks about why investing in gold currently is a great idea, with the increased volatility in the US dollar and inflation creeping up. Ron Paul is a physician, writer, retired politician and gold investment expert. In this video, he debunks many myths about the behaviour of the US dollar and the inflation index. He also explains why to invest in gold right now and why, like him, a lot of people are buying.
 

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Silver – Demand is Growing, Supply is Diminishing

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The price of any commodity is dependent on rising and falling demand. When demand becomes higher and the supply of the same commodity dwindles, it impacts the price significantly. Silver is both a precious metal, as well as a commodity. If we are to go by what the experts are saying, 2018 could possibly be the year for silver.

How is the silver price determined..

The spot prices of silver are decided by the COMEX exchange in New York. The spot prices are dependent on a number of factors. Investors like precious metals like gold and silver as they provide stability and balance to a person’s wealth portfolio. They also provide a hedge for investors to park their funds during periods of turmoil in the global capital markets. Of course, macro-economic forces, as well as political pressures have an impact on the prices of silver. But, more importantly, the forces of supply and demand have a significant impact on these prices.

Fall in supplies of silver

The current spot price of silver is approximately $16.45 per troy ounce. There is a market expectation that the price of silver could soon touch $20. Over the years, the supplies of silver have been depleted as several million tonnes have been mined in response to the increased industrial demand. Some of the leading silver mining countries across the world include China, Russia, and Peru.


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Recently, the government of Peru announced that there had been a sharp drop in silver production, in the Cajamarca region. Cajamarca is a region in Peru which is famous for its silver deposits. The 2017 report, released in February stated that silver production was down to 323.1 metric tonnes, from to 367.4mt during the corresponding period the earlier year. This was a significant drop of 12%, largely due to silver resources being exhausted in the country.

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Silver bars can be a great investment while prices remain low

In a similar vein, Chile, the world’s fifth largest producer of silver reported a large drop of 32% in silver production by May 2017. When we go back in time, we realise that, not so long ago, in 2014, Chile had produced a record high of 54 million ounces of silver. This supply fell to 4.6mn ounces in 2016 and then further down to 3.1mn ounces in 2017, an appalling reduction in supplies.

That’s not all….

Moreover, as the world continues to wade its way through the longest economic crisis in modern times, nations and markets worldwide continue to buckle under the pressure of debt. This is adversely impacting commodity prices worldwide. Due to the cascading effect of these dark economic forces, production of base metals has also shrunk globally. The bad news is that this is likely to impact the production of silver as well, since a large amount of the precious metal is really produced as a by-product of lead, zinc and copper mining.

Infact, the World Silver Survey reckons that 34% of global silver is produced as a result of zinc and copper production, while another 22% comes our way due to copper mining. When we do the math, we realise that is actually a whopping 56% of global silver production, which is in jeopardy. Knee-jerk reactions by governments across the world haven’t helped at all. For example, India, which is a large consumer of silver saw its demand drop due to the Indian government’s introduction of demonetisation measures in the country to control the illegal black money.

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The electronics industry uses silver heavily in wires and electrical contacts

Rising demand

While the supply scenario seems to be mostly doom and gloom, things are much rosier on the demand side. Electric cars, solar panel manufacturers and the electronic components industry all use silver heavily, so industrial demand for silver has risen steadily over the years. Solar panels use photovoltaic cells that generate energy from the rays of the sun. Due to its incredible conductivity properties of both heat and electricity, a silver paste is used in every solar panel. Solar panel installations have gone up by 24% in 2017 alone.

This could be even bigger….

The electric car industry is another industry Insider's Guide to gold and silverwhere silver is much in demand. Analysts believe that 25% of the automobile industry worldwide will go electric by 2030. Due to the presence of silver in several electronic components in these cars, industrial demand for silver is expected to rise significantly. Already, the demand from the electronics industry alone stands at 249.9mn ounces. This is already 41.5% of the entire global industrial demand for silver which stands at 599mn ounces in 2017.

Impact on prices

Silver prices are expected to skyrocket on the back of this increased industrial demand. Remember, we have not taken into account the bullion bars, coins and the mintage industry at all, which would add to the impetus. With gold-silver parity in prices at around 75:1, silver is an affordable investment. Many experts, therefore believe that it’s a good idea to invest in physical silver for the long term, and get in now while the prices haven’t gone through the roof. There are market experts who believe that silver prices could even go up as much as $130 per ounce in the future.

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Silver Investment – Ideal in Balancing a Financial Portfolio

Putting together an investment strategy isn’t easy. A shrewd investment strategy requires astute asset allocation that keeps your financial goals in line with your risk tolerance. A smart investment strategy is not about timing the markets and moving from one asset class to another in order to maximise your gain.

Important considerations prior to asset allocation

There are two important aspects to understand:

  • The first one is that you cannot win every time. There are boom and bust cycles in every market and you must ride them. In order to do that, a long-term view is essential. A long-term view is typically more than 10 years, during which time, your portfolio will have matured having gone through these cycles.

 

  • The second one is that your asset allocation can only be done in line with your risk appetite. In that sense, this step is unique for every individual. Each person’s risk appetite depends on that person’s income, age, family situation, the number of dependents, ownership of property, debts owed, assets owned, etc. It’s pretty much like a balance sheet of that person’s life. Making money is about taking more risks to gain more. Therefore, an aggressive asset allocation that includes volatile asset classes is great for someone who is younger, earns well and has the propensity to take more risk. However, a middle-aged man who may retire within the next five years is risk-averse and may require a more conservative approach, in terms of his asset allocation.
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Investment in silver bars can be a clever way to balance your investment portfolio

A diverse approach

The old maxim, ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket’ holds true in this case. A diversified approach taken by the investment advisor will typically include a number of asset classes that may include real estate, stocks, bonds, equity growth schemes, fixed income products, cash deposits, ISAs and of course precious metals. The premise here is that investments across a range of asset classes will lead to stability in the event a particular asset class underperforms. Performance is monitored closely and money moved from one asset class to another depending on market conditions. Diversification protects the investor against unexpected market shocks. Rebalancing, on the other hand, is all about risk assessment and ensuring that overexposure to areas of risks is avoided.


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What is balancing a portfolio?

Let us suppose you started your portfolio with a traditional asset allocation of 60-40 across equities and bonds. At the end of three years, you find stocks have outperformed. Now, your portfolio has grown, but you may have too much in equities due to a boom in capital markets. Then, you need to book profits and re-allocate, so that once again the 60-40 ratio can be maintained.

Rebalancing is not about reacting to short-term market conditions. When events like Brexit hit the market, don’t panic and start selling off a particular asset class in order to re-adjust. Patience is required to stick to the plan and reap rewards in time. Rebalancing should be done every year or two.

Another factor that needs to be considered when rebalancing is changes in a person’s personal circumstances that impacts the risk appetite. A person may get older and this would affect the risk appetite. A person could also lose his/her job. All these changes in personal circumstances need to be taken into consideration.

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Diversification of your portfolio across asset classes is the key to mitigating risk

The role of silver in balancing

The role of precious metals like silver in an investment portfolio

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serves more than one purpose. The first one is hedging. Hedging is a strategy that offsets risks associated with investments, more importantly, future risks. So, if the portfolio is overweight by 10% in equities and we move that 10% to silver, we have not only balanced the portfolio but also hedged against future risk of losses that we may have incurred by remaining invested in stocks and bonds. We need to bear in mind that our portfolio is also impacted by the forces of inflation, which means that the real value of the money we make today will be a lot lower in 20 years. By investing in silver we also hedge effectively against inflation. Many investment experts agree that 7-15% is a healthy allocation for precious metals in any portfolio. At the silver price per troy ounce at $16.58, it’s an affordable addition to your portfolio.

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Silver Investment – the Market in 2018

It’s said that if you cross a gypsy fortune teller’s palm with silver, she will happily tell you your future. Well, these days with all the financial analysts around, we don’t need fortune telling to predict the global market for silver. As you may know, silver is not just a commodity, but a precious metal that has been desirable to mankind over centuries. Of course, gold has always been the preferred choice for many investors, but given the gold-silver price parity, which is approximately 75:1 currently, silver is clearly a more affordable investment. Let’s look at where the market is in 2018 and where it’s headed.

Demand and supply of silver in 2018

The silver price curve has always tracked the gold curve, which means that silver has historically mirrored the price movements of the gold market. However, the mirroring effect ended in March 2011, when gold broke free and rose quickly as investors parked their money in gold in order to escape exposure to the troubled international capital markets.

From $800 an ounce in 2009, gold broke all records by racing to $1900 an ounce in 2011.

Silver also enjoyed some of the action, rising to a price of $49.80 in April 2011. However, silver fell back against gold in the years after that, and the current spot price is approximately $16.58 per troy ounce. However, we are now witnessing an interesting phenomenon.

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Silver bars could be a great investment in 2018

The supply of silver has fallen significantly. The leading silver producing countries of the world, which includes Russia, Mexico, China and Peru have all registered drops in mining volumes. There’s no particular reason, just depletion of the resource. Peru, in particular, reported a 12% drop in production volumes in 2017. Yet another leading producer, Chile – the fifth largest producer in the world, also reported a significant drop in production volumes. From a high of 54mn ounces in 2014, Chile’s production dropped to an appalling 3.1mn ounces in 2017.


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Of course, scarcity of resource is just one of the factors that are affecting the silver market in 2018. The other is rising demand. The electronics industry is silver hungry and as of 2017, consumed 249.9mn ounces in 2017. This, in itself, is a significant 41.5% of the entire global industrial demand for silver, which was reportedly 599mn ounces in 2017. Other industries are silver hunger too. The demand for silver in the solar panels industry rose by 34% to 76.6mn ounces in 2016.

Impact on prices

Needless to say, the pull of relentless demand for silver PHYS01_Animated_Gif_2_MPUby the industry, coupled with a scarcity of supply is expected to start pushing up silver prices. Silver is expected to reach $20 an ounce soon. However, if the current situation continues in the silver industry, prices could go up much further. Some investment analysts believe that silver could reach $100 an ounce. Still, others believe that silver could soon be commanding a price of $130 an ounce. Whatever the outcome, silver offers stability to your investment portfolio and if it is to be believed that silver could reach new highs, it’s probably best to start investing in the precious metal now.

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A History of Silver Investment

It all started with a discovery

The actual event of the discovery of silver has been lost in time. However, modern-day archaeologists surmise that silver was already in use among humans around 3000 BC.

Ancient civilisations like the Incas, Greeks and the Egyptians held silver in high esteem and used it for the creation of a number of artefacts from religious idols, jewels, and coins. Infact, the three metals, all of which are elements, known to ancient humans were silver, copper, and gold. The ancient Egyptians were able to separate silver and gold by heating the metals with salt. Later humans started separating silver directly from its ore. This technique was prevalent in Europe as well as in ancient India, China, and Japan.

The early history of silver in global commerce

It is now believed that it was from these ancient times that silver was used as a form of money. An interesting fact is that silver was dearer than gold in Egypt well up to the 15th century BC. We can only speculate that perhaps that’s where silver investing started. The Greeks were mining around 30 tonnes annually by the 7th century BC. The economic stability of the Roman Empire was heavily dependent on silver bullion, which came from conquered territories like Spain.


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Believe it or not, the Romans hit a peak production of 200 tonnes annually, and 10,000 tonnes of silver was already in use within the Roman occupied territories by the second century AD. Needless to say, this was an unprecedented event, and it’s hard to understand how the Romans hit those volumes with the technology that they may have had in that era. Clearly, those are volumes that we would hit using the modern machinery of our times. By the time the Roman Empire was finished, tens of thousands of tonnes of silver had already been mined and used up. As only a finite amount of silver exists on the planet, supplies had already started being depleted.

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Silver is easy to melt into bars from coins

The growing popularity of silver

By the 18th century AD, much of the silver extraction action had shifted to another continent – South America. The Spanish stepped up mining operations and some of the countries like Argentina were named after Argentum, another name for silver. Silver’s foray into coinage started around 600BC in Lydia, a kingdom from Asia Minor. Coins minted in silver include the Drachma, from Greece, The Roman Denarius, The Dirham and the Indian ‘Mohur’ from the Mughal Empire.
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Presumably, the culture of silver investing took off around this time. Governments had always observed that the price of silver tracks gold, so a gold-silver parity was set. This ratio was set at 12.5: 1 in the Roman Empire. The US set this ratio to 15:1 in 1792. France actually set this ratio to 15.5:1 in 1803. Meanwhile, silver was being used widely across the world for coinage and in the 1400 -1500s several countries across the world were using the precious metal for coinage. People, therefore, started investing in silver coins for its value. Spanish silver coins were being transported to Asia by sea. These coins were traded for porcelain, silks, spices and other desirable goods from Asia. So, now we can see where the perception of value relating to silver started building up.

The demand for silver also rose during the Renaissance, as it was used for fine craftsmanship. It was around this time that the European nations used a lot of silver to mint coins. As a result of this new demand for coinage, there was a huge influx of silver into Europe, which ultimately led to inflation.

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The Roman Denarius was an early silver coin

Why was silver a popular metal for coinage?

Let’s look at the reasons why silver was a great choice for coinage.

  • Firstly, silver and gold are dense metals. Having a high value to weight ratio is an advantage, as high value coins don’t need to be huge and bulky.
  • It is easy to divide silver into smaller parts, without eroding its value. You can make coins straight out of a bar or melt coins back into bars.
  • The density and high value-weight ratio make silver products convenient to transport.
  • The purity of silver can be easily established. Very pure silver is denoted as having a purity of 999.9.
  • Since it has a universally accepted price, the metal is fungible. ‘Fungibility’ means that one piece of silver can be traded unequivocally for another. A 1oz coin is exactly the same value as another.
  • It does not decay and is considered to be highly durable. This makes it a great choice of metal for coinage. Since it has lesser value than gold, it is great for small transactions.
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Historically, silver coins were always popular among investors

Silver investor rallies

However, it wasn’t until 1979 that really serious silver investors emerged. The Hunt Brothers, Nelson, William and Lamar, sons of the millionaire Texan oil tycoon, H.L. Hunt tried to corner the silver market by amassing 100 million troy ounces of the precious metal and drove the spot price of silver up from $11 in September 1979 to $50 in January 1980. Eventually, intervention by the US government stopped the bull-run.

The next rally for silver investors came in 2011, on

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the back of the US debt ceiling crisis. Standard & Poor, the global rating agency based in the US released a negative outlook on the “AAA” rating of the United States economy on April 18, 2011. By the 25th, silver traded at $49.80 on the COMEX, as investors scrambled to pull their money out of the US economy, and turned to precious metals in order to hedge.

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Risks Associated with Silver Investment

Any form of investment comes with certain risks, especially if you are investing in capital markets or commodity markets. Savvy investors attempt to mitigate risks by diversifying their portfolio. Investment advisors often do a scientific risk assessment exercise and evaluate risks of each asset class, when advising their clients. These assessments are based on historical data, price movements of that particular asset class, market sentiment and market response to macro-economic and other forces. Of course, silver is a much-preferred asset class, viewed by many as a lucrative investment. But, before investing money into this precious metal, let us first consider some of the risks associated with it.

Speculative risk

Investing in a commodity like silver means you are speculating on the future expectation that the price of the metal will go up at a future point in time. As silver is a commodity, this is likely to happen due to increased demand. Investors may buy more of the metal in a bid to house their investments safely during market crises. On the other hand, we are seeing a trend where the demand for silver is rising due to industrial requirements, not investor demand. Coupled with a global scarcity of the resource, it is indeed a possibility that prices could be driven up eventually.

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Silver bullion is a great investment, but not without certain risks

Creation of a bubble

Markets usually react to sentiment and when a group of investors start buying up precious metals, the price movements trigger a wave of people who buy as well, hoping to make some quick money. In the process, the price balloons, creating a bubble. This is a very risky situation, because as an investor, if you cannot exit the bubble in time, the price crashes to rock bottom, eroding all your money.


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In 1997– 2000, we witnessed the dotcom bubble, where the same thing happened. A lot of people started investing in dotcom start-ups, believing that these stocks would deliver quick returns. Ultimately, the investments became lopsided and when investors realised that these new companies did not have strong enough fundamentals to deliver good returns, they dumped the stocks. The result was a huge market collapse in which several retail investors were completely wiped out. We saw a silver bubble in 2011 when many people moved their money to gold and silver in order to escape the capital markets and the price rose to almost $50 per ounce. But eventually, the bubble burst as investors moved out of the precious metal and went back to equities.
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Price performance risks

Silver is considered to be a precious metal due to its historic acceptance by mankind. It may have several uses, beneficial factors and industrial demand, but that may not be enough to justify the investment. Some analysts would argue that its value is perception driven. Therefore, its value as an asset class is strictly governed by price performance. When we take a really long-term view of silver and go back 40 years or more, we realise that the total returns the metal generates are not that great. According to a study conducted by USA Today, silver has failed to post annual profits 43% of the time. So, if the theory of supply vs demand doesn’t bolster silver prices soon enough, it may not be a lucrative enough investment vehicle to warrant attention.

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To safely store a large amount of silver, investors need specialised storage

Risk of secure storage

Taking physical delivery of precious metal and storing it in your own home opens you up to certain risks, such as theft or damage. On the other hand, if you buy silver certificates, you open yourself up to counterparty risk. Counterparty risk means that the other party, in this case, the issuer of the silver certificates, may not honour the certificate, if you choose to call for the money. This may be due to a number of reasons, such as the bank going down due to financial problems, etc. On the other hand, once you buy physical silver, you need to incur the costs of having a storage facility to house your investments. Also, investors need to bear in mind that since the price of silver is 75 times less than gold, a sizable investment in silver would also mean a large volume of the precious metal, which will need proper storage.

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Russia World Cup 2018 – World Cup Coins

The Russian Central Bank plans to strike coins as well as print banknotes in order to commemorate the 2018 World Cup, being hosted in the Russian Federation. Of course, the move to issue the World Cup coin series would be pursuant to approvals being issued by FIFA. As a precursor to the gala event, the Russian Federation has already issued certain coins. For example, a series of coins have been launched by the city of Ekaterinburg, the fourth largest city in Russia, where the last Tsar and the Romanov family were executed by the Bolsheviks. The coins feature an image of the arena along with an inscription announcing the start of the construction. The coins were struck by the Ural mint ahead of the tournament that starts on June 14, 2018.

Earlier Russian sports themed coins

This isn’t the first time that Russia has issued coins to commemorate the FIFA World Cup. In 1997, the Central Bank issued 20,000 silver roubles to commemorate the 1998 World Cup, which was held in France. Similarly, Russia also minted 10,000 silver coins with a face value of three roubles each and 1,500 gold coins with a face value of 50 roubles, to herald the 2006 World Cup, which was hosted by Germany. In 1993, Russia started the tradition of issuing currency with themes based on major international sporting events. This has resulted in dozens of commemorative coins, as well as banknotes being issued by the Russian Central Bank over the last 25 years.


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Russia has a long history of issuing coins commemorating sports events

In 2013, the World Summer Universiade was hosted

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by Russia in Kazan, in the Tatarstan region of the country. To commemorate the event, Russia minted two different types of 10 rouble coins, as well as gold and silver coins with a mintage of up to 7,500 in number. As the Russian Federation was created only in 1991, earlier issues of sports-related coinage is attributed to the erstwhile Soviet Union. In fact, the Soviet Union also had a long tradition of minting commemorative coinage in order to mark major international sports events. Coins were issued to celebrate the Moscow Olympics in 1980. Copper and nickel one rouble coins were issued with mintage quantities of up to 9 million from 1977 to 1979. These coins featured images of famous Russian landmarks like the Mir space station and the Kremlin. Many coins were also minted by Russia for the Sochi games, including the country’s first ever 100 rouble banknote. Interestingly, days before the break-up of the Soviet Union, coins were minted to commemorate the Barcelona Olympic Games with a mintage volume of 250,000. However, these coins were never formally issued.

2014 World Cup coins

During the last World Cup in 2014, FIFA had launched a massive programme to officially issue coins and medals. The programme enjoyed participation from most football playing nations across the world. All of these countries minted commemorative coins, which were despatched to collectors in its official packaging. This featured a white case that had the embossed World Cup logo on the lid. The coins were packed in protective capsules to prevent damage.

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Queens Beast Coins Series

The Royal Mint launched a unique series of coins in 2016, known as the Queen’s Beasts. Statues of the Queen’s Beasts were present at the historic occasion of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s current and longest-reigning monarch. The event took place on the 2nd of June, 1953 at Westminster Abbey in London. The coins were minted in silver and gold. There are 10 planned coins in the series, featuring stylised images of each of the Queen’s Beasts statues from the 1953 ceremony. The designs of the coins were developed by Jody Clark. The series is significant, as it is the first time that the UK has issued a two ounce silver coin, which forms part of this series. In this article, we will explore each coin in detail.

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The Queen’s Beasts are a series of statues depicting mythical figures that form part of British pageantry

The Lion of England

The Lion is the first in the series that was inaugurated in March 2016. The issue was completely sold out on allocation. A further mintage was issued by mid-June 2016. The coins were delivered to investors packed in a protective plastic capsule. The obverse of the coin displays a portrait of the Queen, similar to the ones issued on other coins. The obverse also contains the inscription ‘Grace of God, Defender of the Faith’, written in Latin. This is displayed in an abbreviated form with the letters DG REG FD. The initials of the designer, Jody Clark are also inscribed. The reverse is the side that features the stylised version of the crowned Lion of England. The reverse also shows the name of the statue, the fineness of the coin, the year of issue and the signature of Jody Clark.


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The Griffin of Edward III

The Griffin was issued in November 2016 and is the second coin in the series. Once again, the obverse features a portrait of the Queen and the initials of the designer. The reverse has the stylised image of the statue of the Griffin, along with the inscription, ‘Griffin of Edward III’. The text also indicates the fineness, year of issue and the signature of the designer.

The Red Dragon of Wales

Riding on the success of the first two issues, Insider's Guide to gold and silverthe Royal Mint issued the third coin in the series by March 2017. While single orders were always sent to buyers in a protective plastic capsule, bulk orders were despatched in containers used by the mint for its hugely popular Britannia bullion coins. With the portrait of the Queen on the obverse, the Red Dragon of Wales, a mythical beast is featured on the reverse of the coin, once again with its name, fineness, year of issue and the designer’s signature just below the shield.

The Unicorn of Scotland

The fourth release of the series came in September 2017. In doing so, the Royal Mint skipped a release in March earlier in the same year. With the obverse, identical to the other coins in the series, the only difference was the finish. The earlier coins had a stucco style finishing for the obverse, however, this time the finish featured an arched pattern of several tiny diamonds.

The reverse of the coin features an image of the Unicorn of Scotland along with similar inscriptions and the initials of Jody Clark, the designer.

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The Unicorn of Scotland is the fourth coin in the Queens Beasts series

The Black Bull of Clarence

The fifth in line of the Queen’s Beats series is the Black Bull of Clarence, which was issued in March 2018. The obverse is the same as the other coins and the reverse features an image of the black bull, with the other inscriptions similar to the earlier coins in the series.

Upcoming releases in the series

The Royal Mint plans further releases in order to bring the Queen’s Beasts series to completion. Upcoming releases are expected to feature the Yale of Beaufort, the White Lion of Mortimer, the White Greyhound of Richmond, the Falcon of the Plantagenets and the White Horse of Hanover as part of the Queen’s Beasts collection.

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