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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 279,048 278,986
EUR 1/2oz 15,55g 558,097 557,971
EUR 1oz 31,10g 1.116,193 1.115,942
EUR 2oz 62,20g 2.232,387 2.231,885
EUR 5oz 155,51g 5.580,967 5.579,712
EUR 10oz 311,04g 11.161,935 11.159,424
EUR 12oz 373,24g 13.394,321 13.391,309
EUR 20oz 622,07g 22.323,869 22.318,849
EUR 25oz 777,59g 27.904,836 27.898,561
EUR 1,0g 35,886 35,878
EUR 2,0g 71,773 71,757
EUR 5,0g 179,432 179,392
EUR 10,0g 358,865 358,784
EUR 20,0g 717,729 717,568
EUR 25,0g 897,161 896,960
EUR 50,0g 1.794,323 1.793,919
EUR 100,0g 3.588,645 3.587,838
EUR 200,0g 7.177,291 7.175,677
EUR 250,0g 8.971,613 8.969,596
EUR 500,0g 17.943,227 17.939,192
EUR 1kg 35.886,453 35.878,383
EUR 2kg 71.772,906 71.756,766
EUR 5kg 179.432,265 179.391,915
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Actual Gold Price in US-Dollar Ask Bid
USD 1/4oz 7,78g 294,843 294,693
USD 1/2oz 15,55g 589,685 589,385
USD 1oz 31,10g 1.179,370 1.178,770
USD 2oz 62,20g 2.358,740 2.357,540
USD 5oz 155,51g 5.896,850 5.893,850
USD 10oz 311,04g 11.793,700 11.787,700
USD 12oz 373,24g 14.152,440 14.145,240
USD 20oz 622,07g 23.587,400 23.575,400
USD 25oz 777,59g 29.484,250 29.469,250
USD 1,0g 37,918 37,898
USD 2,0g 75,835 75,797
USD 5,0g 189,588 189,492
USD 10,0g 379,176 378,983
USD 20,0g 758,353 757,967
USD 25,0g 947,941 947,458
USD 50,0g 1.895,881 1.894,917
USD 100,0g 3.791,763 3.789,834
USD 200,0g 7.583,525 7.579,667
USD 250,0g 9.479,407 9.474,584
USD 500,0g 18.958,813 18.949,168
USD 1kg 37.917,626 37.898,336
USD 2kg 75.835,252 75.796,672
USD 5kg 189.588,130 189.491,680
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Actual Gold Price in British Pound Ask Bid
GBP 1/4oz 7,78g 232,452 232,389
GBP 1/2oz 15,55g 464,905 464,778
GBP 1oz 31,10g 929,809 929,556
GBP 2oz 62,20g 1.859,618 1.859,112
GBP 5oz 155,51g 4.649,046 4.647,780
GBP 10oz 311,04g 9.298,092 9.295,560
GBP 12oz 373,24g 11.157,710 11.154,672
GBP 20oz 622,07g 18.596,184 18.591,121
GBP 25oz 777,59g 23.245,230 23.238,901
GBP 1,0g 29,894 29,886
GBP 2,0g 59,788 59,772
GBP 5,0g 149,470 149,430
GBP 10,0g 298,941 298,859
GBP 20,0g 597,881 597,718
GBP 25,0g 747,352 747,148
GBP 50,0g 1.494,703 1.494,296
GBP 100,0g 2.989,406 2.988,592
GBP 200,0g 5.978,812 5.977,184
GBP 250,0g 7.473,515 7.471,480
GBP 500,0g 14.947,030 14.942,960
GBP 1kg 29.894,060 29.885,920
GBP 2kg 59.788,120 59.771,840
GBP 5kg 149.470,300 149.429,600
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Actual Gold Price in Swiss Franc Ask Bid
CHF 1/4oz 7,78g 299,442 299,201
CHF 1/2oz 15,55g 598,884 598,403
CHF 1oz 31,10g 1.197,768 1.196,805
CHF 2oz 62,20g 2.395,536 2.393,610
CHF 5oz 155,51g 5.988,841 5.984,026
CHF 10oz 311,04g 11.977,682 11.968,052
CHF 12oz 373,24g 14.373,218 14.361,662
CHF 20oz 622,07g 23.955,363 23.936,104
CHF 25oz 777,59g 29.944,204 29.920,130
CHF 1,0g 38,509 38,478
CHF 2,0g 77,018 76,956
CHF 5,0g 192,546 192,391
CHF 10,0g 385,091 384,782
CHF 20,0g 770,183 769,564
CHF 25,0g 962,729 961,955
CHF 50,0g 1.925,457 1.923,909
CHF 100,0g 3.850,914 3.847,818
CHF 200,0g 7.701,828 7.695,636
CHF 250,0g 9.627,285 9.619,545
CHF 500,0g 19.254,571 19.239,090
CHF 1kg 38.509,141 38.478,180
CHF 2kg 77.018,282 76.956,360
CHF 5kg 192.545,705 192.390,900
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