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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 282,105 282,043
EUR 1/2oz 15,55g 564,209 564,086
EUR 1oz 31,10g 1.128,418 1.128,173
EUR 2oz 62,20g 2.256,837 2.256,345
EUR 5oz 155,51g 5.642,092 5.640,863
EUR 10oz 311,04g 11.284,184 11.281,726
EUR 12oz 373,24g 13.541,021 13.538,071
EUR 20oz 622,07g 22.568,368 22.563,452
EUR 25oz 777,59g 28.210,460 28.204,315
EUR 1,0g 36,279 36,272
EUR 2,0g 72,559 72,543
EUR 5,0g 181,397 181,358
EUR 10,0g 362,795 362,716
EUR 20,0g 725,590 725,432
EUR 25,0g 906,987 906,790
EUR 50,0g 1.813,975 1.813,580
EUR 100,0g 3.627,949 3.627,159
EUR 200,0g 7.255,899 7.254,318
EUR 250,0g 9.069,873 9.067,898
EUR 500,0g 18.139,747 18.135,796
EUR 1kg 36.279,493 36.271,591
EUR 2kg 72.558,986 72.543,182
EUR 5kg 181.397,465 181.357,955
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Actual Gold Price in US-Dollar Ask Bid
USD 1/4oz 7,78g 300,188 300,038
USD 1/2oz 15,55g 600,375 600,075
USD 1oz 31,10g 1.200,750 1.200,150
USD 2oz 62,20g 2.401,500 2.400,300
USD 5oz 155,51g 6.003,750 6.000,750
USD 10oz 311,04g 12.007,500 12.001,500
USD 12oz 373,24g 14.409,000 14.401,800
USD 20oz 622,07g 24.015,000 24.003,000
USD 25oz 777,59g 30.018,750 30.003,750
USD 1,0g 38,605 38,586
USD 2,0g 77,210 77,171
USD 5,0g 193,025 192,929
USD 10,0g 386,050 385,857
USD 20,0g 772,100 771,714
USD 25,0g 965,125 964,643
USD 50,0g 1.930,250 1.929,286
USD 100,0g 3.860,501 3.858,572
USD 200,0g 7.721,002 7.717,144
USD 250,0g 9.651,252 9.646,430
USD 500,0g 19.302,505 19.292,859
USD 1kg 38.605,009 38.585,718
USD 2kg 77.210,018 77.171,436
USD 5kg 193.025,045 192.928,590
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Actual Gold Price in British Pound Ask Bid
GBP 1/4oz 7,78g 244,572 244,509
GBP 1/2oz 15,55g 489,144 489,019
GBP 1oz 31,10g 978,287 978,038
GBP 2oz 62,20g 1.956,575 1.956,075
GBP 5oz 155,51g 4.891,437 4.890,188
GBP 10oz 311,04g 9.782,874 9.780,377
GBP 12oz 373,24g 11.739,449 11.736,452
GBP 20oz 622,07g 19.565,749 19.560,753
GBP 25oz 777,59g 24.457,186 24.450,941
GBP 1,0g 31,453 31,445
GBP 2,0g 62,905 62,889
GBP 5,0g 157,263 157,223
GBP 10,0g 314,527 314,446
GBP 20,0g 629,053 628,893
GBP 25,0g 786,317 786,116
GBP 50,0g 1.572,634 1.572,232
GBP 100,0g 3.145,267 3.144,464
GBP 200,0g 6.290,534 6.288,928
GBP 250,0g 7.863,168 7.861,160
GBP 500,0g 15.726,336 15.722,320
GBP 1kg 31.452,671 31.444,640
GBP 2kg 62.905,342 62.889,280
GBP 5kg 157.263,355 157.223,200
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Actual Gold Price in Swiss Franc Ask Bid
CHF 1/4oz 7,78g 302,769 302,528
CHF 1/2oz 15,55g 605,538 605,056
CHF 1oz 31,10g 1.211,076 1.210,111
CHF 2oz 62,20g 2.422,153 2.420,222
CHF 5oz 155,51g 6.055,382 6.050,556
CHF 10oz 311,04g 12.110,765 12.101,112
CHF 12oz 373,24g 14.532,917 14.521,335
CHF 20oz 622,07g 24.221,529 24.202,225
CHF 25oz 777,59g 30.276,911 30.252,781
CHF 1,0g 38,937 38,906
CHF 2,0g 77,874 77,812
CHF 5,0g 194,685 194,530
CHF 10,0g 389,370 389,060
CHF 20,0g 778,740 778,120
CHF 25,0g 973,425 972,650
CHF 50,0g 1.946,851 1.945,299
CHF 100,0g 3.893,701 3.890,598
CHF 200,0g 7.787,402 7.781,196
CHF 250,0g 9.734,253 9.726,495
CHF 500,0g 19.468,506 19.452,990
CHF 1kg 38.937,012 38.905,980
CHF 2kg 77.874,024 77.811,960
CHF 5kg 194.685,060 194.529,900
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