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Gold Market

From ancient civilizations through the modern era, gold has been the world's currency of choice. Today, investors buy gold mainly as a hedge against political unrest and inflation. In addition, many top investment advisors recommend a portfolio allocation in commodities, including gold, in order to lower overall portfolio risk.

We'll cover many of the opportunities for investing in gold, including bullion (i.e. gold bars), mutual funds, futures, mining companies and jewelry. With few exceptions, only bullion, futures, KaratBars, and a handful of specialty funds provide a direct investment opportunity in gold. Other investments gain part of their value from other sources.

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Gold Bullion
This is perhaps the best-known form of direct gold ownership. Many people think of gold bullion as the large gold bars held at FortKnox. Actually, gold bullion is any form of pure, or nearly pure, gold that has been certified for its weight and purity. This includes coins, bars, etc., of any size. A serial number is commonly attached to gold bars as well, for security purposes.

While heavy gold bars are an impressive sight, their large size (up to 400 troy ounces) makes them illiquid, and therefore costly to buy and sell. After all, if you own one large gold bar worth $100,000 as your entire holding in gold and then decide to sell 10%, you can't exactly saw off the end of the bar and sell it. On the other hand, bullion held in smaller-sized bars and coins have much more liquidity, and is a very common method of holding bullion.

Gold Coins
For decades, large quantities of gold coins have been issued by sovereign governments around the world. For investors, coins are commonly bought from private dealers at a premium of about 1-5% above their underlying gold value.

The advantages of bullion coins are:
❋ Their prices are conveniently available in global financial publications.
❋ Gold coins are often minted in smaller sizes (one ounce or less), making them a more convenient way to invest in gold than the larger bars.
❋ Reputable dealers can be found with minimal searching and are located in many large cities.

Caution: Older, rare gold coins have what is known as numismatic or "collector's" value above and beyond the underlying value of the gold. To invest strictly in gold, focus on widely circulated coins and leave the rare coins to collectors.

Some of the widely circulated gold coins include the South African krugerrand, the U.S. eagle and the Canadian maple leaf.

The main problems with gold bullion are that the storage and insurance costs, and the relatively large markup from the dealer both hinder profit potential. Also, investing in gold bullion is a direct investment in gold's value, and each dollar change in the price of gold will proportionally change the value of one's holdings. Other gold investments, such as mutual funds, may be made in smaller dollar amounts than bullion, and also may not have as much direct price exposure as bullion does.

Gold ETFs and Mutual Funds
One alternative to a direct investment in gold bullion is to invest in one of the gold-based exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Each share of these specialized instruments represents a fixed amount of gold, such as one-tenth of an ounce. These funds may be purchased or sold in any brokerage or IRA account just like stocks. This method is therefore easier and more cost effective than owning bars or coins directly, especially for small investors, as the minimum investment is only the price of a single share of the ETF. The annual expense ratios of these funds are often less than 0.5%, much less than the fees and expenses on many other investments, including most mutual funds.

Many mutual funds own gold bullion and gold companies as part of their normal portfolios, but investors should be aware that only a few mutual funds focus solely on gold investing; most own a number of other commodities. The major advantages of the gold-only oriented mutual funds are:

❋ Low cost and low minimum investment required
❋ Diversification among different companies
❋ Ease of ownership in a brokerage account or an IRA
❋ Require no individual company research

Some funds invest in the indexes of mining companies, others are tied directly to gold prices, while still others are actively managed. Read their prospectuses for more information. Traditional mutual funds tend to be actively managed, while ETFs adhere to a passive index-tracking strategy, and therefore have lower expense ratios. For the average gold investor, however, mutual funds and ETFs are now generally the easiest and safest way to invest in gold.

Gold Futures and Options
Futures are contracts to buy or sell a given amount of an item, in this case gold, on a particular date in the future. Futures are traded in contracts, not shares, and represent a predetermined amount of gold. As this amount can be large (for example, 100 troy ounces x $1,000/ounce = $100,000), futures are more suitable for experienced investors. People often use futures because the commissions are very low, and the margin requirements are much lower than in traditional equity investments. Some contracts settle in dollars while others settle in gold, so investors must pay attention to the contract specifications to avoid having to take delivery of 100 ounces of gold on the settlement date. (For more on this, read Trading Gold And Silver Futures Contracts.)

Options on futures are an alternative to buying a futures contract outright. These give the owner of the option the right to buy the futures contract within a certain time frame at a preset price. One benefit of an option is it both leverages your original investment and limits losses to the price paid. A futures contract bought on margin can require more capital than originally invested if losses mount quickly. Unlike with a futures investment, which is based on the current value of gold, the downside to options is that the investor must pay a premium to the underlying value of the gold to own the option. Because of the volatile nature of futures and options, they may be unsuitable for many investors. Even so, futures remain the cheapest (commissions + interest expense) way to buy or sell gold when investing large sums.

Gold Mining Companies
Companies that specialize in mining and refining will also profit from a rising gold price. Investing in these types of companies can be an effective way to profit from gold, and can also carry lower risk than other investment methods.

The largest gold mining companies operate extensive global operations; therefore, business factors common to many other large companies influence their investment success. As a result, these companies can still show profit in times of flat or declining gold prices. One way they do this is by hedging against a fall in gold prices as a normal part of their business. Some do this and some don't. Even so, gold mining companies may provide a safer way to invest in gold than through direct ownership of bullion. However, the research and selection of individual companies requires due diligence on the investor's part. As this is a time consuming endeavor, it may not be feasible for many investors.

Gold Jewelry
Most of the global gold production is used to make jewelry. With global population and wealth growing annually, demand for gold used in jewelry production should increase over time as well. On the other hand, gold jewelry buyers are shown to be somewhat price sensitive, buying less if the price rises swiftly.

Buying jewelry at retail prices involves a substantial markup – up to 400% over the underlying gold value. Better jewelry bargains may be found at estate sales and auctions. The advantage of buying jewelry this way is that there is no retail markup; the disadvantage is the time spent searching for valuable pieces. Nonetheless, jewelry ownership provides the most enjoyable way to own gold, even if it is not the most profitable from an investment standpoint. As an art form, gold jewelry is beautiful. As an investment, it is mediocre - unless you are the jeweler.

Top 10 reasons to Own Gold
1) Gold is universal money, a tangible store of value and wealth protection.
2) Physical gold cannot go bankrupt or broke. Gold bullion will never default on promises or obligations.
3) In times of crisis, gold bullion Tends To Increase Sharply In Value.
4) Gold is not created by governments nor is its value dependent upon governments. All of today's governments issue paper fiat currencies ( dollars, euros, yen, pounds, yuan, rupees, pesos, etc. ). Fiat currencies have no tangible value and are backed only by government decree ( namely legal tender laws ). Historically, governments always create and issue too much fiat currency. Over the longterm, paper fiat currencies are worth less and less, until they are ultimately worthless.
The Average Lifespan Of A Fiat Currency Is 27 Years.

5) Individuals Buy And Own Physical Gold privately and anonymously.
6) Super-national and national bank regulatory agencies are making moves to Reclassify Gold As Zero Percent Risk-Weighted Asset helping to further drive physical demand from smaller banks.
7) Today, most nations are inflating and devaluing their respective fiat currency's purchasing power to both boost international trade and exports, and to more easily finance their nominal debts and social program liabilities. For instance, in the USA, retirees will most likely receive future promised Social Security checks... although there is no promise on how many goods and or services these checks will actually buy.
8) Gold bullion investments are extremely portable, liquid, and Easy To Store In One's Home.
9) Governments And Central Banks Are Now Net Buyers Of Gold, meaning they are buying and hoarding more gold bullion than they are selling.
10) Politically or through market demand, governments will come under increasing pressure in returning to currencies backed by gold. Returning To A Monetary System Anchored In Gold could cause the value of gold bullion to rise considerably in the months and years ahead.

Money As You Know It Is Not Real...
❋ The paper dollars you have in your pocket were created as a substitute for gold.
❋ Every currency in the world is now ‘fake’ / "fiat" because none of it is backed by anything tangible.
❋ In 1971 President Nixon announced that the US government will remove the gold standard from the US Dollar.
❋ Shortly after, governments all around the globe followed and simply printed ink on paper in order for the population to continue trading.
❋ This is called fiat currencies.
❋ The mass printing of Fiat currencies are the reason for rising prices, causing inflation.
❋ History shows that on average Fiat currency has a life expectancy of approximately 27 years.
❋ Looking at history, one discovers that thousands upon thousands of fiat currencies have failed -with no exceptions. A 100% failure rate!
❋ The Current Global Monetary System Will Collapse Very Soon
❋ The current global monetary system - the US Dollar - is now not backed by gold AT ALL.
❋ The aging US dollar system represents more than half of the value of all the world’s currency.

Gold The Only Real Money, it is a Store of Value
Gold has and will always maintain its purchasing power through every economic collapse.
Greek philosopher, Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC) said gold is money because:
❋ It's durable. Gold handles wear and tear extremely well, therefore preserves value.
❋ It's portable. Gold is very dense and holds a high amount of value relative to its size and weight.
❋ It's divisible. Gold is easy to separate and re-combine without affecting its fundamental characteristics.
❋ It has intrinsic value. Gold is independent of any other object and contained in the money itself.
❋ Fungible. Gold freely exchangeable or replaceable, in whole or in part, for another of like nature or kind.
❋ Store of Value. Over time Gold has shown not to lose its purchasing power.
❋ No other commodity has the same characteristics.
❋ An ounce of gold has more than quadrupled in the last 10 years against the US Dollar.
❋ Gold is the only money which has never failed in the 6,000 year history of its use by humans.
❋ Gold can't be duplicated (i.e. printed)
❋ Gold has outperformed the Dow Jones in the last 7 years.
❋ In times of crisis, gold is an insurance which also has the greatest potential to increase your wealth.

The Perfect Time To Buy Gold Is Now
The price of gold and silver is currently being artificially suppressed.
❋ Time and again, throughout history, gold has been re-valued to account for all the excess currency in circulation.
❋ Today, to account for all the U.S. dollars printed by the Federal Reserve, gold would have to be re-valued at $15,000 per ounce.
❋ However, the price of gold and silver prices are being manipulated by institutions in order to prevent a global financial crisis.
❋ This manipulation gives people the opportunity to acquire gold at artificially suppressed prices.
❋ History has proven that, eventually, all gold and silver manipulation fails.
❋ History proves that, when a currency crashes, central banks rush back to gold and silver and bid their value up until they match or succeed the currency value in circulation.
❋ For the first time in history, the coming financial crash will happen in all countries at the same time.
❋ This greatest wealth transfer in history, will not happen again in our lifetime.

Average Investor's Best Option: Gold KaratBars
Larger investors, who wish to have direct exposure to the price of gold, may prefer to invest in gold directly through bullion. There is also a level of comfort found in owning a physical asset instead of simply a piece of paper. The downside is the slight premium to the value of gold paid on the initial purchase, as well as the storage costs.

For investors who are a bit more aggressive, futures and options will certainly do the trick. But, buyers should beware: these investments are derivatives of gold's price and can see sharp moves up and down, especially when done on margin. On the other hand, futures are probably the most efficient way to invest in gold, except for the fact that contracts must be rolled over periodically as they expire.

The idea that jewelry is an investment is quaint, but naive. There is too much of a spread between the price of most jewelry and its gold value for it to be considered a true investment. Instead, the average gold investor should consider Gold KaratBars, as these securities generally provide the easiest and safest way to invest in gold.

About KaratBars International
Karatbars International is the brain child of a man named Harald Seiz who launched this company in 2011 and specializes in selling small gold bars and gift items in gold bullion.

The company headquarters are located in Stuttgart where they do all sorts of things like marketing, customer service, and delivery of their Gold goods. In the last 3 years, this company has expanded into over 70 countries and the vision is to get to 194 countries.

Harald Seiz has been in the financial industry since the early 1980’s and has been very successful. In 2008, He decided to get into the metal business and this is where the magic sparked which lead up to Karatbars International creation!

Asberry Financial Services is now able to offer KaratBars 1 gram gold bars or bullions which are:
❋ Certified and Laminated with UV Protected Film
❋ Valid Trademarked with a stamp
❋ Assayers signature is on each unit
❋ Hologram adcorns are on the reverse side of the bar for security and visual appeal.
❋ They are all 999.9 Pure Atakulche bars produced by Atasay, a LBMA GDL Refiner.

Average people can’t afford an ounce of Gold, so with Karatbars you can start buying by the gram.

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We're not asking anyone to purchase anything we are simply exchanging some paper currency for REAL money, which is gold.

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Karatbars Review: Business Opportunity
Like any network marketing company, if you share this opportunity with others, you will get paid a commission. The name of the game is to sponsor as many people as possible to maximize the compensation plan in Karatbars.

Instead of me blabbing away explaining this compensation plan, why not watch it from the best source…the actual company presentation.

Karatbars Compensation Plan:

If you watched that video all the way through, you will know sponsoring people is the biggest way of actually making money in this company. You don’t make much money on the profits on the product. That holds true to any Network Marketing company to be honest so we will not hold that against them.

Karatbars International – is this for real?
“Why should I buy Gold from Karatbars?”.

The truth is we are exchanging paper dollars for Gold Bars roughly 33% more than market value.

Our Gold Cost: 1 Gram (99.99% pure) $60 + Shipping which is another $23.90.

Total Cost to your door: $83.90 per gram (Now if you buy more, you get a shipping price break).

Okay, on another reputable site called JM Bullion check this out:
Cost of Gold: 1 Gram $53.50 (99.99% Pure) with FREE shipping.

So in this example, you are paying $30 more for the same 1 gram 99.99% pure Gold.

So you can see why this can be a problem....
however KaratBars is a PRIVATE issuer of Gold Bullion. This is extremely significant, we'll explain why :
When you purchase a gram from companies like JM Bullion or Kitco etc… they require a Social Insurance Number (in Canada) or Social Security Number (in the US). The reason for this is if ever, oh, let’s say China comes calling and wants the US to settle their debt, the US will have to give them gold. That’s how countries settle debt with each other. But the FED does have anywhere near the amount of gold it would need to cover the debt to China. So the government would start pulling up who has gold, confiscate it, give them market value at the time they take it back, AND since it was government issued, you would be required to pay the tax on the price differential.

But let’s not assume the world is going to end. In 10 years, you decide to sell your JM Bullion or Kitco gold. Let’s assume it doubled in value. You will be paying tax on that increase when you sell it back.

Everything just said above does NOT apply to Karatbars. There is no social insurance number taken when you purchase it, so the government doesn’t know you have it. And if it increases in value over time, when you sell it, you keep 100% of what you sell it for.

Also, if you were to refer me to JMBullion – what would they pay you for that referral? The answer is nothing. But if you refer me to Karatbars, you earn a commission.

When you combine the tax advantages, the inability for government to seize it, and the fact that commissions need to be paid, the higher price becomes a moot point. Especially considering that the income stream from Karatbars, which didn’t exist prior becoming involved in the company, is paying for the gold. Basically the gold is free.

What’s better than free gold?

To become an affiliate and be successful at sponsoring, you have to invest in the right education period. I don’t care what anyone says. If you’re not investing in yourself, you will FAIL this business.

Network Marketing like any other business out there, you have to put in the work. You will have to develop great people skills and sponsoring skills to be successful.

If you have been hopping company to company and failing… Stop hopping! Get some skills! LOL.

For the people who are tired of recruiting people, if you landed on this page looking on ways to make extra income from home without bugging your friends or family leaving you in the “no more friends left” club, then gold is right for you.

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