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Bullion refers to precious metals as metals, as opposed to jewelry or coins. When you buy gold or silver bullion you’re usually buying bars, blocks or other standardized shapes, sometimes referred to as ingots. By buying the metal in this more industrial form, you save money and come closer to paying only its “melt value.”
A forum through which buyers and sellers trade pure gold and silver. The bullion market is open 24 hours a day and is primarily an over-the-counter market, with most trading based in London. The bullion market has a high turnover rate and most transactions are conducted electronically or by phone. Gold and silver derive their value from their industrial and commercial uses; they can also act as a hedge against inflation.
The online trading bullion market is the most accesible way to invest in gold and silver. It provides easy access to investors and is more accomodating to traders than physical bullion. Trading physical bullion offers less trading flexibility than online gold and silver investments, because it is a tangible object that comes in bars and coins of established sizes, which can be difficult to buy or sell in specific amounts.
An option to buy or sell gold/silver bullion at a future date at a set price. The date (delivery date), quantity and price (strike price), are all predetermined. The option is just that, an option, and is therefore not an obligation on the part of the investor to either buy or sell the gold or silver.
An option is similar to a futures contract in that the price, date and amount are preset for both. The main difference between the two is that a futures contract is an obligation, or promise, made by the investor to uphold the contract whereas an option is not obligation.
While the majority of press is given to price movements of gold in the global marketplace, silver is also viewed by many to hold key importance in understanding the potential movements of commodities markets, and of the overall marketplace as well. This is due to the fact that many buyers and sellers trade silver based on global-macro trends.
An option to buy or sell gold bullion at a future date at a set price.
Twice a day, The London Gold Market Fixing Ltd. sets the price of gold based on the basic economic principles of supply and demand. The world then uses these prices to determine the price of bullion and gold-related products.
Hedge is an investment to reduce the risk of adverse price movements in an asset. Normally, a hedge consists of taking an offsetting position in a related security.
A ratio (X:1), demonstrating how many ounces of silver (X) it takes to purchase one ounce of gold – the fixed variable. Investors use the fluctuating ratio to evaluate the relative value of silver, which determines if it’s an optimal time to purchase gold or silver. It also helps investors diversify their precious-metal holdings.
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