What makes sense to you: investing in precious metals that provide you with a form of tangible money recognized everywhere on the planet or investing in paper stocks that have no value if the investment is a dud? Obviously, most sane people will choose the former over the latter and yet we constantly hear about people choosing to purchase less reliable investments and missing out on the advantages of investing in precious metals.
Why Investing in Precious Metals is a Sure Thing
We view investing in precious metals as a nearly sure thing because of their historic behaviors. Look back in time and you see that precious metals such as gold and silver were some of the first forms of currency. Even as the world’s various economies transitioned from a gold-backed economy to a “fiat” or “faith based” system, the value of the metals held and increased.
It is difficult to explain precisely why metals retain their values even though they are rarely used to back any economic systems or currencies, but that is the fact of the matter. In the past decade alone, the value of precious metals has climbed exponentially thanks to the declining stability in most of the world’s markets. Thus, investing in precious metals is more and more common.
The big question from those who have yet to hop aboard this particular bandwagon is always a big “Why?”
Why choose precious metals? We have already pointed out that they are viewed as a form of currency almost everywhere you could go. They are also available in the form of minted coins and that means that each of them comes with a guarantee against total loss.
Just try to find a stock or other paper investment that will give you a small amount of the initial funding you used to purchase them, should the investment fail. Precious metal coins, however, have their guaranteed value in the form of their mintmarks. This is the extrinsic value assigned to them by the nation that minted them, but it can mean that you would get a bit of money back if the precious metals suddenly plummeted in value.
There is also the guarantee that precious metals will always have increasing value. While there are periodic dips in the prices, the overall “big picture” shows us that all of the precious metals just continually increase in value. This is something that is going to hold true thanks to market demands, but which will actually increase due to industry demands too.
In the past five years, the world witnessed economic slowdowns on a global scale. This brought industry to a halt in many parts of the world. As industry slowly wakes up and gets back into business, the demand for their precious metal supplies will reawaken too. This creates a supply versus demand issue that will only increase the value of any physical investments in the precious metals.
Looking for something that is safe and almost guaranteed? Look to precious metals.