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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 292,240 292,183
EUR 1/2oz 15,55g 584,481 584,366
EUR 1oz 31,10g 1.168,961 1.168,732
EUR 2oz 62,20g 2.337,922 2.337,463
EUR 5oz 155,51g 5.844,805 5.843,658
EUR 10oz 311,04g 11.689,611 11.687,316
EUR 12oz 373,24g 14.027,533 14.024,779
EUR 20oz 622,07g 23.379,222 23.374,632
EUR 25oz 777,59g 29.224,027 29.218,290
EUR 1,0g 37,583 37,576
EUR 2,0g 75,166 75,151
EUR 5,0g 187,915 187,878
EUR 10,0g 375,830 375,756
EUR 20,0g 751,659 751,512
EUR 25,0g 939,574 939,390
EUR 50,0g 1.879,149 1.878,780
EUR 100,0g 3.758,297 3.757,559
EUR 200,0g 7.516,594 7.515,119
EUR 250,0g 9.395,743 9.393,898
EUR 500,0g 18.791,486 18.787,797
EUR 1kg 37.582,971 37.575,593
EUR 2kg 75.165,942 75.151,186
EUR 5kg 187.914,855 187.877,965
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Actual Gold Price in US-Dollar Ask Bid
USD 1/4oz 7,78g 317,578 317,428
USD 1/2oz 15,55g 635,155 634,855
USD 1oz 31,10g 1.270,310 1.269,710
USD 2oz 62,20g 2.540,620 2.539,420
USD 5oz 155,51g 6.351,550 6.348,550
USD 10oz 311,04g 12.703,100 12.697,100
USD 12oz 373,24g 15.243,720 15.236,520
USD 20oz 622,07g 25.406,200 25.394,200
USD 25oz 777,59g 31.757,750 31.742,750
USD 1,0g 40,841 40,822
USD 2,0g 81,683 81,644
USD 5,0g 204,207 204,111
USD 10,0g 408,414 408,221
USD 20,0g 816,828 816,442
USD 25,0g 1.021,035 1.020,553
USD 50,0g 2.042,071 2.041,106
USD 100,0g 4.084,142 4.082,212
USD 200,0g 8.168,283 8.164,425
USD 250,0g 10.210,354 10.205,531
USD 500,0g 20.420,708 20.411,062
USD 1kg 40.841,415 40.822,124
USD 2kg 81.682,830 81.644,248
USD 5kg 204.207,075 204.110,620
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Actual Gold Price in British Pound Ask Bid
GBP 1/4oz 7,78g 248,204 248,145
GBP 1/2oz 15,55g 496,409 496,291
GBP 1oz 31,10g 992,818 992,581
GBP 2oz 62,20g 1.985,635 1.985,163
GBP 5oz 155,51g 4.964,088 4.962,907
GBP 10oz 311,04g 9.928,175 9.925,813
GBP 12oz 373,24g 11.913,810 11.910,976
GBP 20oz 622,07g 19.856,350 19.851,626
GBP 25oz 777,59g 24.820,438 24.814,533
GBP 1,0g 31,920 31,912
GBP 2,0g 63,840 63,824
GBP 5,0g 159,599 159,561
GBP 10,0g 319,198 319,122
GBP 20,0g 638,396 638,245
GBP 25,0g 797,996 797,806
GBP 50,0g 1.595,991 1.595,612
GBP 100,0g 3.191,982 3.191,223
GBP 200,0g 6.383,965 6.382,446
GBP 250,0g 7.979,956 7.978,058
GBP 500,0g 15.959,912 15.956,115
GBP 1kg 31.919,824 31.912,230
GBP 2kg 63.839,648 63.824,460
GBP 5kg 159.599,120 159.561,150
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Actual Gold Price in Swiss Franc Ask Bid
CHF 1/4oz 7,78g 315,799 315,555
CHF 1/2oz 15,55g 631,598 631,109
CHF 1oz 31,10g 1.263,196 1.262,219
CHF 2oz 62,20g 2.526,393 2.524,437
CHF 5oz 155,51g 6.315,981 6.311,094
CHF 10oz 311,04g 12.631,963 12.622,187
CHF 12oz 373,24g 15.158,355 15.146,625
CHF 20oz 622,07g 25.263,925 25.244,374
CHF 25oz 777,59g 31.579,907 31.555,468
CHF 1,0g 40,613 40,581
CHF 2,0g 81,225 81,163
CHF 5,0g 203,064 202,906
CHF 10,0g 406,127 405,813
CHF 20,0g 812,254 811,625
CHF 25,0g 1.015,318 1.014,532
CHF 50,0g 2.030,635 2.029,064
CHF 100,0g 4.061,270 4.058,127
CHF 200,0g 8.122,541 8.116,255
CHF 250,0g 10.153,176 10.145,319
CHF 500,0g 20.306,352 20.290,637
CHF 1kg 40.612,703 40.581,274
CHF 2kg 81.225,406 81.162,548
CHF 5kg 203.063,515 202.906,370
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