In a sense, it’s what you pay for the packaging, but you can certainly expect to recover it with interest when you sell or trade. Numismatics offer a tertiary level of investment, somewhat more speculative, but also potentially far more profitable based on increased demand. Evaluate such offers carefully, but don’t be afraid to consider it another viable option of portfolio diversification.

After the recent dramatic increases in the price of gold, it is entirely possible it will once again languish for a considerable length of time. While it is languishing it is not producing interest or dividends. In retirement, you need an investment that either generates current income or is reasonably expected to appreciate in value so you can sell it in the future and use it for consumption purposes. Gold is not an investment that you can rely on for either of these purposes.


Franco-Nevada has consistently beaten EPS estimates over the past five quarters. The stock is currently trading at $67.19, so there is some room for growth into its average 12-month price target of $81.27, and the dividend yield of 1.45% could be attractive to some investors. Furthermore, there is a chance that the stock could exceed expectations as the company's diversification efforts begin to bear fruit.
Purchasing gold with a self-directed IRA is an excellent investment opportunity but it comes at the cost of buying gold that is priced slightly higher than the gold on the commodities market. You may also be required to pay some additional charges such as purchasing transaction fees and shipping costs. Also, the custodian may charge you some extra amount for holding your assets.

However, there's a downside as well. Because a miner is running an operating business, you are also facing the risk that things might not work out as planned. As noted above, mines don't always produce as much gold as expected, workers sometimes go on strike, and, unfortunately, mining is risky and disasters can take place that halt production and cost lives. All in all, gold miners can perform better or worse than gold -- depending on what's going on at the specific miner you're looking at.
The gold you purchase from a dealer is kept in a storage depository that is responsible to keep it secured and segregated from other people’s assets. Expect to pay around 0.5 to 1 percent of the value of your assets to the storage depository every year. In addition to the value of gold, the fee charged by a storage depository also depends on its type and other features that it offers. A segregated depository is likely to charge you more as compared to a non-segregated depository.
Gold stocks are typically more appealing to growth investors than to income investors. Gold stocks generally rise and fall with the price of gold, but there are well-managed mining companies that are profitable even when the price of gold is down. Increases in the price of gold are often magnified in gold stock prices. A relatively small increase in the price of gold can lead to significant gains in the best gold stocks and owners of gold stocks typically obtain a much higher return on investment (ROI) than owners of physical gold.
Fractional Ownership of Physical Metals: In this scenario, the IRA purchases a fractional ownership of physical bullion that is held in an allocated vaulting account. Often, vendors that offer this asset provide an online marketplace that allows the IRA to buy, sell, or trade their metals. Marketplaces vary in their offerings, but tend to allow more speed and flexibility than the physical scenario above.
That's not to say that there aren't any good gold-related investments to consider, and the precious metal, along with companies heavily tied to it, can offer exposure to a different asset class. So we reached out to three regular Motley Fool contributors for an alternative perspective on some gold stocks worth watching right now, and they came back with Barrick Gold Corp (USA) (NYSE:ABX), mining equipment giant Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT), and gold streamer Royal Gold, Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:RGLD). 
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