Gold stocks don't exist in a vacuum. They are affected by the same types of circumstances that affect the rest of the stock market. These include national and international events, rumors and the economy as a whole. Gold mining companies may have other assets and business interests outside of the precious metals industry that can affect their stock value.
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Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE:FNV) is a unique bird among the gold stocks. That’s because it isn’t a miner — it’s a streaming firm. That is, in exchange for royalties on production, FNV provides capital to other miners. It’s a highly profitable business that generates plenty of cash flows without many of the risks associated with physical mining.
Gold is respected throughout the world for its value and rich history, which has been interwoven into cultures for thousands of years. Coins containing gold appeared around 800 B.C., and the first pure gold coins were struck during the rein of King Croesus of Lydia about 300 years later. Throughout the centuries, people have continued to hold gold for various reasons. Below are eight reasons to own gold today.
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A Gold IRA (or Precious Metals IRA) is a self-directed Individual Retirement Account that has become incredibly popular in recent years, particularly among those who value diversity and stability in their investment portfolio. A Gold IRA gives investors the ability to add physical precious metals, in the form of coins and bars, to their tax-sheltered retirement accounts. Precious metals, which have long been considered a classic hedge against inflation and geopolitical crisis, are ideally suited to create diversification away from paper assets for the long term investor.
Many investors buying gold turn to gold bullion coins from sovereign mints. Gold coins are a popular choice because the weight and purity of the coins are backed by a central bank and sovereign. Moreover, gold coins are produced on an annual basis to meet consumer demand, so there’s rarely a shortage of gold coins available to those investors who want to purchase the precious metal in this form. The following are some of the most popular gold coins for sale:
Storing gold bullion products can take up considerable space. As secure storage space is a limited resource, products must be chosen with care. Stackability of the products purchased will affect the amount/value you can store in a given area of the limited secure storage at your disposal. Value per square inch is a critical metric when buying relatively large quantities of gold bullion. Bullion bars allow substantially more amounts of gold per square inch compared to all other investment vehicles. On the other hand, gold coins and rounds are unwieldy options as they require casings, tubes, or boxes when storing large numbers.
I reached a similar conclusion about gold’s hedging ability when analyzing an Economic Policy Uncertainty Index that was created several years ago by academic researchers. Gold presumably hedges against such uncertainty, but I came up empty when I compared monthly changes in this index with those of gold bullion since 1985. The r-squared — the extent to which the first series explains or predicts the second — is less than 1%. In other words, gold leaves a lot to be desired as a hedge against equity market turmoil.
These global factors combined with the debilitating effect of domestic concerns, such as political party in-fighting, Washington legislative gridlock and a growing policy tendency toward isolationism is forcing the U.S. economy into a dangerous and potentially cataclysmic environment. In a world where huge hedge funds have the ability to affect market movement within nanoseconds, it only makes sense, not only to maximize the traditional 5% – 15% physical precious metals allocation recommended by financial planners, but to actually increase it.
An IRA can purchase precious metals from any non-disqualified person or entity. You, the IRA holder, select a dealer/broker from which to buy metals, and direct us to send money from your IRA to close the deal. We make sure that the entire process takes place within your IRA, so that the self-directed gold IRA can maintain the right to any tax benefits associated with the account type.
Risk Disclosure: Purchasing precious metals in bullion bars, coins, proof coins, and numismatic coins involves a degree of risk that should be carefully evaluated prior to investing any funds in a Gold IRA or making a cash purchase. American Bullion and its agents are not registered or licensed by any government agencies, and are not financial advisors or tax advisors. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Investors should do their due diligence before committing any money to purchase gold and other precious metals. If you have additional questions, please contact American Bullion.
Franco-Nevada has grown its profits, cash flows, and dividends at a strong pace in recent years thanks to large exposure to gold and a diversified portfolio, as you can see in the picture on the right. As a royalty and stream company, Franco-Nevada buys metal stream from traditional miners at low costs in exchange for upfront financing. Some of its top mining partners today include Barrick, Teck Resources, Glencore, and Coeur Mining.
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Mainly a part of the discussion when we talk about any gold bullion instrument – premium over gold spot price refers to how much more a product is worth (premium charged) over the melt value of gold present in the gold bullion coin, round, or bar. Factors like their minting source, age, rarity, and collector demand play a critical role when valuing a gold product outside its melt value.
Over the years, having been verified by assay checks, much of the gold ended up in national banks and ultimately, the Bullion Depository at Fort Knox. Stored here next as bars and ingots, a little is minted today, as gold coin. It is exciting to think when buying these freshly minted American Eagles, they might be made from gold found or mined by the pioneers who took part in the great California gold rush. Sitting in your hand may be a small, yet very valuable, piece of American history!
Gold coins are struck with a minimum purity level of .999 gold, while coins such as the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf and Australian Gold Kangaroo are issued with .9999 pure gold. Most gold bullion coins have a face value issued by a central bank with that nation’s fiat currency, such as the US Dollar ($) for the American Gold Eagle or the Pound Sterling (£) for the British Gold Britannia. Finally, gold bullion coins are often available in weights beyond simply 1 oz gold. The American Gold Eagle features fractional weights of 1/2, 1/4, and 1/10 oz, while the Chinese Gold Panda is offered in 1 Gram, 3 Gram, 8 Gram, and 15 Gram weights in addition to its standard 30 Gram coins.
A self-directed custodian can be a bank, credit union, brokerage firm, or savings and loan association that has been approved by the IRS. If you have answered a resounding “yes” to the question: “why buy gold“, and if you already hold an IRA, you will be required to ask your existing custodian about whether they offer you the flexibility to invest in physical gold. If not, you will be required to setup a new IRA and transfer your funds to the new account.
As the Vanguard fund's name implies, however, in a fund's portfolio you are likely to find exposure to miners that deal with other precious, semiprecious, and base metals. That's not materially different than owning mining stocks directly, but you should keep this factor in mind, because not all fund names make this clear. The name of the Fidelity fund, for example, might make you believe that it invests only in companies that mine gold, which isn't the case.
401ks can have slightly different rules for rollovers and transfers. If you have a retirement plan through your current employer, you might want to check with them first. Some employers do not allow gold investment as part of their 401k plan unless you quit your job. Before diving into a Gold IRA Rollover, make sure you understand your employer's 401k plan. While there are ways around employer restrictions, it is helpful to know whether this will be an obstacle from the beginning of the process.
Gold coins are also flat, disk-shaped 0.999+ pure gold pieces. However, most gold coins, unlike gold rounds, carry an official face value (legal tender value) in the country of issue. These investment instruments carry one of the highest premiums over the spot price of gold due to collector demand and official recognition from sovereign governments.
Meanwhile, Goldcorp expects to bring down its AISC to $700 per ounce and increase gold production by 20% in the next five years. This balanced approach to growth and costs should be rewarding to shareholders in the long run. Goldcorp stock is still down about 11% in the past year and hugely lagging Barrick, offering investors in gold a great entry point right now.
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).