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We all know gold is an excellent way to protect your wealth in times of market uncertainty and political turmoil.
And gold has also become one of our favorite profit opportunities in 2018 thanks to the U.S. Federal Reserve's rock-bottom interest rate policies over the past decade and political tensions in Asia.
In fact, Money Morning Resource Specialist Peter Krauth believes gold prices could rise 300% by 2020.
Which is why we're going to show you the three best ways to buy physical gold online.
Unlike other investments, physical gold protects you from the silent killer of savings: inflation.
Inflation is the rate the price of general goods and services increases. As the inflation rate rises, the purchasing power of the U.S. dollar decreases. That means if your money is sitting idle in a checking account or in a safe, it's worth less and less over time.
But if you invest your wealth in physical gold, you can protect yourself from this savings killer.
Investing in physical gold is not just simple. It can also be a lot of fun!
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The first way we'll show you to buy physical gold online is probably one you're already familiar with.
Here are a few tips for doing it properly...
Best Ways to Buy Physical Gold Online, No. 3: eBay
You may have used eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) to buy used items. But have you ever considered buying used gold on there as well?
If you're anything like us, then you love finding deals. And there aren't many better places to find good deals than in a peer-to-peer online marketplace like eBay.
There you can find everything from scams to rare gold coins trading at a discount because the seller needs the money fast.
But if you buy gold from an online seller on eBay, there are additional steps to take to protect your purchase.
According to eBay's website, it's important for a prospective gold buyer to:
- Be aware of gold's current market value and be wary of any gold listings that are significantly different.
- Review any negative feedback a seller might have.
- Make sure the gold shipments are insured and remain private.
- Have an independent appraiser confirm the value of the gold.
By following these tips and keeping in mind the old proverb, "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," you can be successful buying physical gold online.
However, if that all sounds like a lot of work you'd rather not do, then these next two ways of buying physical gold online will be right up your alley...[mmpazkzone name="in-story" network="9794" site="307044" id="137008" type="4"]
Best Ways to Buy Physical Gold Online, No. 2: U.S. Money Reserve
U.S. Money Reserve (USMR) is one of the safest and easiest ways to buy physical gold online. Although the company sells gold issued by the U.S. Mint, USMR is not a government agency.
However, the company checks all the boxes that eBay recommends to prospective gold buyers.
The company has a triple-A rating with the Business Consumer Alliance and provides fully insured shipments that are the fastest in the industry, according to aaacreditguide.com.
USMR also provides refunds on non-bullion gold orders within 30 days of purchase - an industry-leading policy.
As a result of these protective consumer policies and an inventory of U.S. Mint gold, USMR's gold prices have a premium attached to them.
For example, a one-ounce gold American Eagle coin on USMR sells for $1,403. That's about 6.29% higher than the spot value of one ounce of gold, which is currently $1,320.
But as any investor should know, the lower the risk, the higher the price.
Next up is one of the largest bullion dealers in the world...
Best Ways to Buy Physical Gold Online, No. 1: APMEX
APMEX is so large that it's able to pass on savings to its customers thanks to the sheer volume of gold it handles each day.
The same one-ounce gold American Eagle coin that sells for $1,403 on USMR costs $1,395.60 on APMEX. If you buy at least 100 coins, then the price per coin goes down to $1,380.6. These prices represent savings of 0.53% and 1.6%, respectively, compared to USMR's prices.
APMEX also has a massive inventory of thousands of different precious metals, coins, and currencies. The company has six distinct categories like gold, collectibles, or platinum and palladium.
In just the gold category, APMEX has more than a dozen subcategories like "coins from the U.S. Mint" or "gold bars & rounds," which themselves each have thousands of products to choose from.
If you have any interest in this stuff beyond investment reasons, APMEX would give you the idiomatic "kid in the candy store" online shopping experience.
In addition to buying gold from APMEX, the company has a full suite of services to sell or trade your own gold through its website.
Essentially, APMEX could be your one-stop shop for entering, securing, storing, and exiting a physical gold position.
And to top it all off, you can pay for your gold on APMEX with Bitcoin. That's a great way to turn a volatile investment into a stable, long-term profit opportunity.
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