A portfolio is usually going to contain stocks, securities and assets that will often include such things as precious metals. Instead of buying paper assets of this kind, however, many investors have begun to acquire the physical stores of silver, platinum, and gold bullion instead.
Why bullion? It is important to first understand that gold bars and bullion do not have to be in the enormous bricks that are so often seen in films and television programs. An investor can purchase a pure troy ounce of gold in bullion form if desired, or they can opt for the ten ounce bars and kilobars too. The important thing to consider about the selection is the purity of the gold. For any investment to be saleable at the going market value, it must be of the .995 purity variety and no less. It must also be marked with the appropriate details by the mint which shaped the bullion or bars. There are many mints offering up this sort of bullion, and any investor should do a bit of comparison shopping before deciding exactly where to purchase their stores.
It is important to understand that the per ounce price offered by a dealer is not going to be exactly tied to the current market price, but should be extremely close. If a vendor is adding hefty sums and fees to any purchase of bullion it is not likely to yield a good amount of profitability because it will take too long to reach the “break even” point.
Does this mean that bullion is a time consuming approach to diversifying the portfolio? No, it simply indicates that some research and thought be directed at the right choices before an investment is made. For example, not all investors will be able to afford the larger bullion bars, and alternatives should be explored.
Interestingly enough, one of the most popular ways for investors of limited financial means to purchase bullion is not in bars at all, but in coins minted from bullion-quality gold. For example, the gold American Eagles are available in a range of weights and denominations and intended to serve the same investment purpose as a bulkier purchase of bullion bars.
Regardless of whether bullion is acquired in bars or coins it will always deliver a needed measure of diversity and stability because it represents sound money and will always have a reasonable trade or sale price in the global marketplace.