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    How to Invest in Gold? The Ultimate Guide to Gold Investment

    For centuries savvy investors have been aware of the importance of gold as part of a well balanced portfolio. In addition to offering wealth diversification, gold is a world renowned safe haven for investors offering the ultimate insurance and protection against turbulent economic times.


    How to Buy Gold

    History illustrates that gold is a timeless asset, not only proving to be a successful
    preserver of wealth, but high gold prices and record demand has ensured it has
    outperformed most other forms of investment.

    According to the World Gold Council, Central Bank gold buying was at its highest level
    for 50 years in 2018,
    with the global economic slowdown weighing on the minds of
    financial experts. Gold did so well that it broke price records in most currencies, with a staggering 72 nations reporting peak gold price, and the likes of the Pound, Euro, Yuan
    and Swiss Franc near all-time highs.

    Investor demand for gold grew by 4% last year. Despite the Chinese economy slowing
    down due to pressure on exports to the United States, China's demand for gold stayed
    roughly even from the previous year, while demand in other areas such as the UK and
    South-East Asia grew by up to 12%.

    As 2019 rumbles on, gold prices have steadily risen – up $99 in the past six months.
    Demand is high and investor interest in gold mining firms is strong, with several large
    mergers in progress. The expectation, as detailed in our annual Gold Price Forecast, is
    that gold will continue to make steady gains this year as investor demand rises. Last
    year's demand was based on slowing economies and restricted trade, with gold's safe
    haven status making it a desirable asset to diversify portfolios and provide a hedge
    against risk.

    With Brexit yet to be resolved and applying pressure on the Pound, very weak economic
    performance in the Eurozone, and the ongoing US/China trade war, could now be the
    ideal time to invest in gold bullion?


    How to Buy Gold?

    The guide provides essential reading for all investors. If you've never bought gold before
    then we can help explain how to invest in gold for beginners. Even seasoned investors
    can benefit though, and this guide is packed with must read information and advice on
    how to invest in gold coins and bars, including why buy gold, and where to buy gold.

    The guide also looks into bars vs coins, gold vs silver, the benefits of owning physical gold over paper and electronic gold, and much more.


    Why Invest in Gold?

    In order to know if gold is a good investment, it is important to understand why people buy
    gold. In times of economic uncertainty and instability, buying gold makes more sense than
    other assets. With confidence in the banking system and worldwide economy at an all-time
    low, gold bullion could be the ultimate insurance and should act as an essential part of
    everybody’s investment portfolio.

    With the famous yellow metal in greater demand than ever, there are many reasons why
    people should buy gold. Owning gold could be the ultimate way to preserve your wealth, and
    possibly make a healthy return in these uncertain times. It’s an age old question which people
    have been asking for centuries – where is my money really safe? And more and more people
    are now choosing the oldest answer: GOLD.

    Read more about the benefits of buying gold.


    Why Buy Physical Gold? Physical Gold Vs ETFs

    How to Invest in Gold Bullion - Gold Bars

    As the old saying goes; if you don't hold it, you don't own it. There really are numerous
    benefits of physically holding your gold in your hands, as opposed to buying electronic
    gold (ETF) or paper gold. In these unpredictable economic times of banking instability,
    low interest rates, underperforming currency markets, volatile stocks and repeated
    rounds of printing money, gold offers a welcome safeguard to the turbulence.

    However not any form of gold, but physical gold. Physical gold is a timeless asset which
    will always have a value and always lasts the test of time. Holding physical gold bars
    and/or gold coins provides the ultimate control and insurance for your wealth against
    financial crisis in an underperforming wider economy.

    Read more about the benefits of owning physical gold.


    Where to Buy Gold?

    Research is everything. Your decision to buy gold online wouldn’t have been taken lightly and
    should be backed by your own research. Much the same, when it comes to selecting your
    chosen bullion dealer, again research is vital. The Internet is the best place to conduct your
    research. The Internet holds information about the impartial experiences, opinions and
    recommendations of millions of people all around the world. It sounds obvious, but why not
    start your research by simply typing in the bullion dealers brand name into The
    Internet really is the world's largest open forum in which companies have no control. It will
    become quickly apparent if a bullion dealer has a negative online reputation, in which case
    they should be avoided at all costs.

    Read more about where to buy gold.


    When to Invest in Gold?

    Looking back at historical data, in hindsight it is easy to identify 2005/06 as a great time to buy
    gold bullion before the constant rises when the price of gold stood at just £250 T/OZ. Again in
    2007/08 the UK banking crisis offered another great opportunity to jump onto the gold bandwagon
    with the gold price standing at around £350 T/OZ. Some of the most common questions heard
    now on a daily basis are; is it too late to buy gold? And; how much longer can the gold price
    continue to rise?

    Unfortunately, there's no exact science to knowing when to buy gold, but there are lots of effective
    and timeless techniques and indicators that most successful investors use to help them and look
    out for.

    Read more about the best time to buy gold.


    Gold Bars Vs Gold Coins?

    Whether you’re new to bullion investment or not, deciding whether to invest in bullion bars
    or bullion coins should take some consideration. Before making this decision, it would be
    advisable that you conduct your research as there is no definitive right or wrong answer, it
    will vary depending on the needs and circumstances of the individual investor. However,
    as when making any other investment there are several factors to consider including: the
    value of your investment and the product premiums, how long you plan on holding your gold,
    how you will store it, taxation and how you plan on realising the value of your investment.

    Read more about gold bars versus coins.


    Should I Buy Gold & Silver?

    Many investors spend time deciding whether to buy gold or buy silver, however the savviest
    investors own both. Whereas gold could offer the ultimate insurance and protection against
    uncertain economic times, silver is a more speculative investment. Despite gold and silver
    both being commonly invested precious metals, silver is an entirely different investment which
    can realise substantial profits despite the initial VAT outlay. It’s because of these differences
    that owning both gold and silver together can be of benefit.

    Read more about the benefits of owning silver.


    Is Bullion Subject to VAT?

    The good news is investment grade gold is VAT free. This includes all the gold bullion bars and
    coins on our website. However, unlike gold, VAT is payable on silver at your local tariff rate, making
    silver a more long term, speculative investment. However, due to the volatile nature of the silver
    price, returns are often quickly realised. If you are VAT registered and think you may be able to
    claim your VAT back, then we advise you speak to your Accountant.

    Read more about paying VAT on silver.



    Where Should I Store my Gold?

    The physical possession and control of your bullion is one of the main benefits of investing in gold
    bullion bars and coins over electronic or paper gold, however you must consider where to store
    your gold. There really is no one correct answer, the truth is you can do with it as you please and
    can store it where you like; it really is down to personal preference. Storing gold bullion really isn’t
    anything new; people have been successfully storing gold and silver bullion for centuries and is
    particularly common in Germany and India.

    On a basic level there are four different options; allocated storage, a bank safety deposit box, a home
    safe or be a bit more creative. Although allocated storage with BullionByPost is the most secure all
    four options offer a variety of pros and cons, these should be investigated before making a decision
    as to how to store your gold bars and gold coins.

    Read more about storing your gold bullion.


    Why Buy Gold Online at BullionByPost?

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    dispatching thousands of parcels for free fully
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    every month. BullionByPost is a
    fully authorised distributor of London
    Bullion Market Approved
    (LMBA) Umicore, Heraeus and Metalor bars as
    well as an
    authorised distributor for the British Royal Mint.


    How to Buy Gold Online at BullionByPost?

    Buying gold online at BullionByPost is quick, simple and secure. You can create and register your account online in as little as two minutes. Once your account is setup, you can buy gold and buy silver bullion online 24 hours a day at the click of a button. Your online account will also allow you to track the performance of your gold investment against the current price of gold as well as providing you with the latest product news and a safe place to store your invoices. With a comprehensive range of gold and silver bullion products available at low margins, buying gold UK has never been so safe and easy.

    Register your FREE online Account today and receive a host of benefits including our Gold Price Alert Service, 24 hour access to buy gold quickly and safely, access to your invoices and full order history to monitor your investment performance, monthly insight and offers direct to your inbox, plus much more. Click here to register your FREE online account today.

    Related Links: If you have any questions about investing in gold, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable and friendly team on +44 121 634 8082 who will be happy to talk your through any queries you may have. Alternatively, you can email us at [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible.