Gold producers are companies that are actively involved in the hunt for gold. Gold producers look to extract gold from many parts of the world. While many investors look to gold producers for added gains when the price of gold rises, many gold producers lag behind the commodity market. This is because gold producers have additional risks, including operational issues, regulations, and political hurdles.
The demand for gold bullion is increasing. Each day there’s more evidence that suggests this phenomenon will continue. We see consumers buying gold bullion across the global economy. As a result, mints are working in overdrive mode to meet this demand and gold storage facilities are looking to add more vaults. The Brinks Company (NYSE/BCO), UBS AG (NYSE/UBS), and Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft (NYSE/DB) are opening new vaults in Asia. What’s their reasoning for taking this step? The demand for gold, especially from China, has increased. Regarding vaults, the general manager of Brink’s in Singapore, Baskaran N ... Read More
Is it time to rethink your gold investments? This question is being asked by those who have held on to their investments as the prices of the precious metal have come down significantly. It wasn’t too long ago when gold bullion prices soared beyond $1,900 an ounce; this year, they are facing scrutiny. Gold bullion prices witnessed plunges in April and June, and now sit close to $1,300—down more than 31% from their peak. This decline in gold bullion prices has caused concer ... Read More
No one is talking about gold producers these days. The reason behind this is both simple and apparent: gold bullion prices have declined. As a result, gold producers are facing pressures. Pessimism towards gold producers is very high; some are even calling them the worst investment to hold in your portfolio. Just look at the chart below of the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca/GDX), an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that tracks the performance of well-known gold producers. This ETF has lost more than half of its value since 2012, with a majority o ... Read More
The one thing that savers and investors have these days is choice. More and more securities come to the marketplace every day and the kinds of investments available to individuals have really improved over the last few years. One of the most useful, more popular investment vehicles nowadays consists of exchange-traded funds, otherwise known as ETFs. An ETF is a security that trades on a stock exchange, but follows a commodity, an index, or a basket of assets (e.g. an index fund). ETFs can be very useful in diversifying your portfolio as well making a bet without using derivatives. Fo ... Read More
We have the fiscal cliff and national debt to contend with, along with jobs, manufacturing growth, and economic renewal. Moreover, there’s a recession in the eurozone that is negatively impacting the global economy, including China, Japan, and the U.S. My view is that stock values could falter in 2013, so you need a safe haven to park your capital, which many of you know is in gold. There has been plenty of talk in these pages regarding gold and whether the precious metal is headed for $2,000 an ounce. In my view, the current global risk will support and drive gold prices higher. For you, the question is whether to buy the physical bullion or gold mining stocks. For the average investor, I favor gold stocks over ... Read More
My good old friend, Mr. Speculator, is at it again. This time around, it’s not the housing market or technology stocks that he thinks will see significant gains—it’s the gold producers. His argument is very simple: gold prices are down, and if they bounce back, gold producers will be able to provide maximum gains to investors’ portfolios, compared to holding physical metal. There’s some merit to Mr. Speculator’s argument. Gold producers’ stock prices can certainly profit heavily as g ... Read More