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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 288,981 288,923
EUR 1/2oz 15,55g 577,963 577,845
EUR 1oz 31,10g 1.155,925 1.155,691
EUR 2oz 62,20g 2.311,851 2.311,381
EUR 5oz 155,51g 5.779,627 5.778,453
EUR 10oz 311,04g 11.559,254 11.556,906
EUR 12oz 373,24g 13.871,105 13.868,287
EUR 20oz 622,07g 23.118,509 23.113,811
EUR 25oz 777,59g 28.898,136 28.892,264
EUR 1,0g 37,164 37,156
EUR 2,0g 74,328 74,313
EUR 5,0g 185,819 185,782
EUR 10,0g 371,639 371,563
EUR 20,0g 743,277 743,126
EUR 25,0g 929,097 928,908
EUR 50,0g 1.858,193 1.857,816
EUR 100,0g 3.716,387 3.715,631
EUR 200,0g 7.432,773 7.431,263
EUR 250,0g 9.290,967 9.289,079
EUR 500,0g 18.581,933 18.578,157
EUR 1kg 37.163,866 37.156,314
EUR 2kg 74.327,732 74.312,628
EUR 5kg 185.819,330 185.781,570
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Actual Gold Price in US-Dollar Ask Bid
USD 1/4oz 7,78g 311,638 311,488
USD 1/2oz 15,55g 623,275 622,975
USD 1oz 31,10g 1.246,550 1.245,950
USD 2oz 62,20g 2.493,100 2.491,900
USD 5oz 155,51g 6.232,750 6.229,750
USD 10oz 311,04g 12.465,500 12.459,500
USD 12oz 373,24g 14.958,600 14.951,400
USD 20oz 622,07g 24.931,000 24.919,000
USD 25oz 777,59g 31.163,750 31.148,750
USD 1,0g 40,078 40,058
USD 2,0g 80,155 80,116
USD 5,0g 200,388 200,291
USD 10,0g 400,775 400,582
USD 20,0g 801,550 801,164
USD 25,0g 1.001,938 1.001,456
USD 50,0g 2.003,876 2.002,911
USD 100,0g 4.007,751 4.005,822
USD 200,0g 8.015,503 8.011,644
USD 250,0g 10.019,378 10.014,556
USD 500,0g 20.038,757 20.029,111
USD 1kg 40.077,513 40.058,222
USD 2kg 80.155,026 80.116,444
USD 5kg 200.387,565 200.291,110
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Actual Gold Price in British Pound Ask Bid
GBP 1/4oz 7,78g 248,991 248,931
GBP 1/2oz 15,55g 497,983 497,862
GBP 1oz 31,10g 995,965 995,724
GBP 2oz 62,20g 1.991,930 1.991,449
GBP 5oz 155,51g 4.979,826 4.978,622
GBP 10oz 311,04g 9.959,652 9.957,244
GBP 12oz 373,24g 11.951,582 11.948,693
GBP 20oz 622,07g 19.919,303 19.914,489
GBP 25oz 777,59g 24.899,129 24.893,111
GBP 1,0g 32,021 32,013
GBP 2,0g 64,042 64,027
GBP 5,0g 160,105 160,066
GBP 10,0g 320,210 320,133
GBP 20,0g 640,420 640,266
GBP 25,0g 800,526 800,332
GBP 50,0g 1.601,051 1.600,664
GBP 100,0g 3.202,102 3.201,328
GBP 200,0g 6.404,205 6.402,657
GBP 250,0g 8.005,256 8.003,321
GBP 500,0g 16.010,512 16.006,642
GBP 1kg 32.021,023 32.013,284
GBP 2kg 64.042,046 64.026,568
GBP 5kg 160.105,115 160.066,420
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Actual Gold Price in Swiss Franc Ask Bid
CHF 1/4oz 7,78g 309,518 309,276
CHF 1/2oz 15,55g 619,037 618,552
CHF 1oz 31,10g 1.238,073 1.237,104
CHF 2oz 62,20g 2.476,147 2.474,208
CHF 5oz 155,51g 6.190,367 6.185,519
CHF 10oz 311,04g 12.380,735 12.371,038
CHF 12oz 373,24g 14.856,882 14.845,245
CHF 20oz 622,07g 24.761,469 24.742,075
CHF 25oz 777,59g 30.951,837 30.927,594
CHF 1,0g 39,805 39,774
CHF 2,0g 79,610 79,548
CHF 5,0g 199,025 198,869
CHF 10,0g 398,050 397,738
CHF 20,0g 796,100 795,476
CHF 25,0g 995,125 994,345
CHF 50,0g 1.990,249 1.988,690
CHF 100,0g 3.980,499 3.977,381
CHF 200,0g 7.960,997 7.954,762
CHF 250,0g 9.951,247 9.943,452
CHF 500,0g 19.902,493 19.886,905
CHF 1kg 39.804,986 39.773,809
CHF 2kg 79.609,972 79.547,618
CHF 5kg 199.024,930 198.869,045
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