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Gold Price

Origin, Significance, And Outlook

Physical gold is mostly bought and sold in OTC trading. By far the most important trading center since 1919 is the London Bullion Market. In twice held daily gold fixings the London Bullion Market Association sets the quality requirements to demand the "Good Delivery" standard, which includes a minimum purity of 99.5%. The fixed price is, however, always pure gold.

Parallel to the establishment of the U.S. dollar, gold price is quoted depending on the exchange rate of the Euro and British Pound. The current price of gold in Euros is almost never identical to the price in U.S. Dollars due to fluctuations in currency. It is useful to see gold as a commodity whose pricing is the relationship between supply and demand due to, yet still independently, changes in currency. In history, gold has always played a role as a reference for other currencies. Currencies were tied to the existence of gold deposits. From 1944 to 1971 this was under under the Bretton Woods system- the case in which the world's leading currency, the U.S. dollar, derived its legitimacy from the gold reserves of the United States. In August of 1971, under U.S. President Richard Nixon, the price of gold in U.S. dollars picked up, making the non-referential increase to the money supply in the form of a so-called fiat currency possible. Although gold has lost its importance as a stabilizing element for the U.S. dollar, it is still an indicator of the value of the U.S. currency. The price of gold today is like the "anti-dollar".

Gold Price In The Twenty-First Century

On each of the long-term gold price charts the phenomenal rise in gold prices in the 2000s with a temporary high in 2011 may well be read in reverse: that is, as a massive devaluation of the U.S. Dollar. In particular, this is demonstrated by the accelerated rise in prices in 2008, as a result of the banking crisis. During this time the scenario of a collapse of the dollar-based financial system was quite real. The reason that you cannot read this devaluation in the exchange rate, for example in the Euro, is because the European currency itself has lost much of its attractiveness. The yen, which reflects the strength and weakness of the Japanese economy, is not as good of a benchmark for the U.S. dollar. Gold, or the price of gold, plays a role that can currently not be replicated by any official currency. Halfway recognizable is the loss of value of world currency (except in gold) against the Chinese Yuan. This currency is however still not freely tradable and is set with ranges of variation tolerated by the Chinese government.

Gold Price Forecast

The relative decline of the U.S. economy, the inability of the Euro to take on the role of world reserve currency, and the uncertainty of China's ambitions having their own currency- taken together are a good starting point for a long-term rise in the gold price. According to OECD estimates in November 2012, the United States will lose its position as world's largest economy to China in 2016. The International Monetary Fund already came to the same conclusion in April 2011. It is economically unreasonable to assume that the U.S. dollar can keep long beyond that date as the world reserve currency. It is equally unlikely that China will be able to accommodate the Yuan’s ascencion at such short notice. The result is likely to be great confusion and uncertainty.. Nobody can predict what the global financial system will look like in ten or even five years. This uncertainty is what will elevate the price of gold to new heights. Gold has been and always will be a safe haven in times of economic turmoil.

Investing In Gold

While there are numerous ways to make money indirectly by investing in gold - options and certificates on gold and the shares of gold mining companies - none of these can equal in security the investment in physical gold. Physical gold as an investment is mainly available in two forms: gold bars and gold coins. Due to higher production costs and the collector value, the price of coins is slightly higher than that of bars. Gold bars also has a proprietary security feature like that found on banknotes or identity cards. Argor-Heraeus is a licensee of this technology for gold bars.

Gold Bars And Gold Coins

Gold bars are available as parts of an ounce, multiples of one troy ounce, grams, or kilograms and again as parts or multiples of these units of weight. Heavier gold bars and gold coins are cheaper than those in relation with lower weight. The price of gold for 1kg bars is therefore significantly less than the price of 1000 1g-bars. This rule also applies to gold coins. Troy ounces, parts, and multiples are much more common than expenditures in grams or kilograms. Among the most famous gold coins include Gold Eagle (USA), Krugerrands (South Africa), Maple Leaf (Canada) Gold Panda (China) and Vienna Philharmonic (Austria).

Actual Gold Price in Euro Ask Bid
EUR 1/4oz 7,78g 282,681 282,620
EUR 1/2oz 15,55g 565,362 565,240
EUR 1oz 31,10g 1.130,724 1.130,480
EUR 2oz 62,20g 2.261,448 2.260,961
EUR 5oz 155,51g 5.653,620 5.652,401
EUR 10oz 311,04g 11.307,240 11.304,803
EUR 12oz 373,24g 13.568,688 13.565,763
EUR 20oz 622,07g 22.614,479 22.609,606
EUR 25oz 777,59g 28.268,099 28.262,007
EUR 1,0g 36,354 36,346
EUR 2,0g 72,707 72,692
EUR 5,0g 181,768 181,729
EUR 10,0g 363,536 363,458
EUR 20,0g 727,072 726,916
EUR 25,0g 908,840 908,645
EUR 50,0g 1.817,681 1.817,289
EUR 100,0g 3.635,362 3.634,579
EUR 200,0g 7.270,724 7.269,157
EUR 250,0g 9.088,405 9.086,446
EUR 500,0g 18.176,810 18.172,893
EUR 1kg 36.353,619 36.345,785
EUR 2kg 72.707,238 72.691,570
EUR 5kg 181.768,095 181.728,925
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Actual Gold Price in US-Dollar Ask Bid
USD 1/4oz 7,78g 302,610 302,460
USD 1/2oz 15,55g 605,220 604,920
USD 1oz 31,10g 1.210,440 1.209,840
USD 2oz 62,20g 2.420,880 2.419,680
USD 5oz 155,51g 6.052,200 6.049,200
USD 10oz 311,04g 12.104,400 12.098,400
USD 12oz 373,24g 14.525,280 14.518,080
USD 20oz 622,07g 24.208,800 24.196,800
USD 25oz 777,59g 30.261,000 30.246,000
USD 1,0g 38,917 38,897
USD 2,0g 77,833 77,795
USD 5,0g 194,583 194,486
USD 10,0g 389,165 388,973
USD 20,0g 778,331 777,945
USD 25,0g 972,914 972,431
USD 50,0g 1.945,827 1.944,863
USD 100,0g 3.891,655 3.889,726
USD 200,0g 7.783,310 7.779,452
USD 250,0g 9.729,137 9.724,315
USD 500,0g 19.458,275 19.448,630
USD 1kg 38.916,549 38.897,259
USD 2kg 77.833,098 77.794,518
USD 5kg 194.582,745 194.486,295
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Actual Gold Price in British Pound Ask Bid
GBP 1/4oz 7,78g 244,514 244,452
GBP 1/2oz 15,55g 489,027 488,903
GBP 1oz 31,10g 978,054 977,807
GBP 2oz 62,20g 1.956,109 1.955,613
GBP 5oz 155,51g 4.890,271 4.889,033
GBP 10oz 311,04g 9.780,543 9.778,065
GBP 12oz 373,24g 11.736,652 11.733,678
GBP 20oz 622,07g 19.561,086 19.556,130
GBP 25oz 777,59g 24.451,357 24.445,163
GBP 1,0g 31,445 31,437
GBP 2,0g 62,890 62,874
GBP 5,0g 157,226 157,186
GBP 10,0g 314,452 314,372
GBP 20,0g 628,904 628,744
GBP 25,0g 786,129 785,930
GBP 50,0g 1.572,259 1.571,860
GBP 100,0g 3.144,518 3.143,721
GBP 200,0g 6.289,035 6.287,442
GBP 250,0g 7.861,294 7.859,302
GBP 500,0g 15.722,588 15.718,605
GBP 1kg 31.445,176 31.437,209
GBP 2kg 62.890,352 62.874,418
GBP 5kg 157.225,880 157.186,045
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Actual Gold Price in Swiss Franc Ask Bid
CHF 1/4oz 7,78g 303,124 302,883
CHF 1/2oz 15,55g 606,249 605,767
CHF 1oz 31,10g 1.212,498 1.211,534
CHF 2oz 62,20g 2.424,995 2.423,068
CHF 5oz 155,51g 6.062,489 6.057,669
CHF 10oz 311,04g 12.124,977 12.115,338
CHF 12oz 373,24g 14.549,973 14.538,405
CHF 20oz 622,07g 24.249,955 24.230,676
CHF 25oz 777,59g 30.312,444 30.288,344
CHF 1,0g 38,983 38,952
CHF 2,0g 77,965 77,903
CHF 5,0g 194,914 194,759
CHF 10,0g 389,827 389,517
CHF 20,0g 779,654 779,034
CHF 25,0g 974,568 973,793
CHF 50,0g 1.949,135 1.947,586
CHF 100,0g 3.898,271 3.895,172
CHF 200,0g 7.796,542 7.790,343
CHF 250,0g 9.745,677 9.737,929
CHF 500,0g 19.491,354 19.475,858
CHF 1kg 38.982,708 38.951,715
CHF 2kg 77.965,416 77.903,430
CHF 5kg 194.913,540 194.758,575
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