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How to Make Money in Gold Investments
It is possible to make a lot of money investing in gold and it is possible to lose your shirt in the gold market. In times of social and economic uncertainty gold is an attractive alternative to stocks or holding cash. But when the stock market is hot, gold is usually a losing proposition. How to make money in gold investments has to do with timing, your investment time horizon and the vehicle you use to invest. In August of 1999 an ounce of gold was worth $256. At the end of July in 2016 an ounce of gold sells for $1,314. How to make money in gold investment might have been to buy in 1999 and sell today but there is more to the story.
Gold versus Stocks
Reuters reports that gold slips as stocks rise. This is earnings week for the stock market and both the Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan are meeting.
Gold fell on Monday as the dollar firmed and a recovery in risk appetite supported world stock markets near nine-month highs ahead of central bank meetings in the United States and Japan. The world’s major economies pledged at a G20 meeting this weekend, dominated by Britain’s vote last month to leave the European Union, to use all policy tools available to boost growth. That lifted both shares and the dollar. Spot gold was down 0.7 percent at $1,313.96 an ounce at 1400 GMT, while U.S. gold futures for August delivery were down $9.90 an ounce at $1,313.50.
When stocks are hot gold tends to fall. How to make money in gold investments is obviously to invest when gold is weak and sell when it is high. But are there other options aside from buying and selling gold bullion?
Gold ETFs are a reasonable way to buy and sell gold. Investopedia looks at the relationship between gold and gold ETFs.