The real cost of owning gold

For some investors, nothing captivates like gold. But ownership comes with considerations that don't encumber other asset classes.

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Sep 11, 2012 12:15AM

iF GOLD DOES GO UP TO 10 OR 20000 PER OZ. The government is going to have a hard time confiscating it... This is not 1933, people today do not respect the government and will never trade in their gold to a government that is incapable of managing it's finances.

Sep 10, 2012 11:34PM
I bought gold bewteen 800-850 and silver at 14.50. I don't care WHAT this guy says...
Sep 16, 2012 3:23PM
According to the government today we really "own"  nothing, the goverment seems to believe they can (and will) take anything and everythin if it suits their needs.  We are subjects with no rights.
Sep 10, 2012 10:04PM
Is  the "real" cost of owning gold (or silver) anything like the real cost of owning a house, a 401K, or even holding the Dollar lately?  Let's see:  If silver was just over $9.00/ounce late in 2008, and it got up to $48/ounce a year ago, before retreating to $33.63 where it is now, what is the "real" cost?  Maybe having to buy a safe or pay for somewhere else secure to store your investment, or having to drive over to your local bullion buyer to sell any of it?  Are those costs any higher than the costs of brokerage commissions and your internet service? 

Thanks, but no thanks, as silver and gold have been very, very good to me, unlike buying stocks or houses have been!!!  Who knows, maybe it will be time soon to sell some of my hard assets and buy some long-term storable food, some barbed wire and stakes, maybe some more bullets, some vegetable seed and some fertilizer, maybe a tough-shed, a water pump, a cultivator, and another generator, to go along with that brand-new 4WD truck that I just bought to tow my camper with, and head off the beaten path a ways, as the absolute worst place to get caught will be in any large city that runs substantially out of food and fuel!!!  Maybe buying-up some TP wouldn't hurt either, though I'll bet that I could get a fire-sale price on stock certificates someday soon too!!!

Sep 11, 2012 8:09AM
Truthfully.  If you're interested in protecting your assets and want to give yourself some security then you should only be converting some of your cash to gold.  The rest I would spend on at least 100 cases of vodka (karkov will do) for barter purposes.  Several shotguns, rifles, and pistols with at least 1000 rounds of ammunition and shells for each.   Emergency medical supplies with antibiotics.  Water filtration equipment and sanitation, adequate supplies of long shelf life food and clothing. And a place to go when the !@# hits the fan.  If the !@# doesn't hit the fan and the world doesn't end, all of these supplies can be resold at what you paid and in the case of the firearms and ammo you might actually make money.
Sep 16, 2012 5:55PM
I started buying gold after the Democrats took over both chambers of Congress after the 2006 mid-term elections (that was when Pelosi and Reid took over). It was right around the $600/oz. mark back then, and I purchased 100 ounces. Smartest decision I have made yet. Today, as of this posting, one of those same ounces is worth $1,770. That's a 195% ROI in just six years, or an average annual return of about 33% (minus some minor relative pocket change fees). Let's see anyone's portfolio do THAT. So that kinda BLOWS AWAY any of the reasons listed here why gold isn't all that great. And some of the weenie excuses in this article are PATHETIC. Owning a GUN now is a reason to consider being against buying gold? LMAO! I've owned guns before I owned gold, and I'll continue to purchase and own guns while I continue to purchase and invest in gold. This article sounds like it was written by a bed wetting liberal. And unlike the bed wetting liberals out there who believe that my property (money) is not really mine and belongs to others, this gold is MINE. I can bury it if I want to (and I just may be forced to do just that if Obama gets re-elected). You socialist Democrats can keep your filthy paws off MY PROPERTY.
Sep 16, 2012 3:28PM
If you have gold bars or nuggets, even flake you can find someone to buy it without taxes or paperwork of any kind.These people in the article are kidding themselves thinking most people tell the government or bank how much they have ,who they got it from and whos buying it. 
Sep 16, 2012 4:26PM
This article is pure propaganda. Wall Street and the criminal shyster banksters don't want you to own physical gold. They want you to own gold certificates and gold stock that they can sell and re-sell like they did with CDOs and derivatives. Then when you go to cash in, they are going to say "Sorry" no gold here. They will default.

If you  buy gold, take immediate possession of it and just put it some place NOT in a bank. Using a little imagination, until the crooks can read minds, any place that is a secret to you is safe from them.
Sep 16, 2012 3:10PM
WTF WHAT A STUPID ARTICLE,buy lots of precious metals ,gold silver&platinum,but don't forget the "cold steel"brass,copper &lead , just buy a good safe,a good AR15 and lots of bullets ,rather have metals then toilet paper !!!
Sep 16, 2012 3:19PM

In an economic collapse, the only financial instruments of worth would be gold and silver. Socrates' statement was ridiculous. This was a hit piece on buying/holding gold and silver. Most of the 13 reasons were heavily dramatized, and a good number of them were pathetic, like the "anxiety" of holding metals. Like there's no anxiety holding a 401k or stocks or bonds? Pulleeze.

I cashed out my retirement instruments in 2001 and bought gold and silver coins and silver bullion bars. I'm doing fine. I possess it. When the financial doodoo hits the oscillator, I'll have something to make a play with. Will you? And, yeah, a financial collapse is coming to a neighborhood near you. I like my chances.

Sep 16, 2012 8:09PM
I don't need a gun.  If anyone attacks me or breaks into my house, all I have to do is undress. Would scare the sh... out of anyone.
Sep 11, 2012 3:30AM
i have a couple of silver bullion bars and a couple of gold bullion bars I store in a free safety deposit box at a bank that gives me the free box as a perk for the kind of account I have. I would have and always have had a safety deposit box for the storage of passport and other irreplaceable things. It's in the cost of living for me. It's only $50 a year if I paid for it. I also own some substantial shares of the ETF mentioned in the article. I am leaning toward the case with everyone else, that stock certificates will be worthless . I don't trust that the ETF's keep a 1-1 ratio of the bullion they own and the shares they sell. I am inclined to cash them in and get the physical gold. I  bought these well before the 2008 financial collapse. They are worth much more now and my trust level is 0%. My fear is the banks not letting us have access to our boxes at some point so the government can come get all the precios metal out. I %^$#@*&^ HATE the greedy &^%$^&% politicians that have mismanaged this economy so much and allowed this to all happen. I watch the military channel and it astounds me how much was accomplished in 4 years in this country during WW11. You know 1/2 of congress volunteered to go into the service to fight along with movie stars. I gotta call it like I see it and I agree with everyone else this whole situation sucks and it will be barter. I hate to get into this survival mode now when I'm 42 years old but it seems at the least secure your wealth as a practical matter. So I guess when they decide to start printing money again this week I'll be watching carefully when to sell my ETF's before it's to late. What the ^%*&#@* has happened?
Sep 11, 2012 10:24AM
In an economic collapse gold and silver will be worthless. If I had extra of something people need such as food, water, or ammunition I will trade it for something I need. (Not some shiny metal)
Sep 16, 2012 7:59PM
Of course you have to pay a premium above the spot price of the metal, that is the dealer's profit, and it also helps cover his costs. Don't forget, you pay a commission when you by other investments as well. Anyway, here are the questions you should ask yourself if you are considering buying gold and or silver. 1. Do you trust the government to do massive, meaningful budget cuts? 2. Do you believe the Federal Reserve looks after the best interest of the people, or the banks? 3. Do you expect inflation to rise/continue? 4. Do you expect the dollar to lose more 'buying power" {lose value due to money printing}? Personally, I don't see ANY political will by either party to cut spending. If they try, they will crash the economy. Not to mention piss off allot of people expecting their piece of the pie. The Fed is doing it's best to produce inflation, even though Ben says he isn't. He will never admit that. He also serves the Banks interest, not the general public. He is trying to force liquidity into the system {very inflationary}. Inflation is already well above what is stated, look at the price of oil, food and all commodities {core inflation}. The central banks of the world are trying to inflate their way out of this global deflation, the more it doesn't work, the more money they will print, because that is all they can do! The dollar WILL go lower. That is also what the Fed wants, so the government can pay back it's debts with cheaper dollars. Given these truths, owning metals is a no brainer. Money will flow into commodities as an inflation hedge, it has already begun {last month}. Stop listening to the paid whores of the so-called financial press. They are Wall Street concubines, and their duty is to keep you invested in their paper charade. In the face of a slowing economy, stocks are WAY overpriced. Bonds are overpriced due to QE3. OWN SOME METAL OF YOUR CHOICE. It will protect your savings down the road.
Sep 16, 2012 3:31PM
Good luck trying to sell that gold and silver for anything close to what you paid for it. In any event, if you don't have it in your possession you actually own nothing.
Sep 16, 2012 5:50PM
This article is just wall street trying to discourage average people from owning gold.

Gold is real money, with intrinsic value. It is expensive to mine, and to refine, and it is rare.

Money is used as a means of exchange more efficient than barter. This is why money exists.

People buy gold to protect themselves from inflation (expansion of money supply), and the erosion of purchasing power it creates.

People also buy gold when government's usurp power, create unjust laws, regulations,  and taxes.

Sep 16, 2012 5:34PM
When the zombies finally attack, it's not going to be gold that has value, but bullets and shotgun shells!
Sep 16, 2012 8:06PM
nice attempt to scare the sheep into  getting fleeced! but having a piece of paper saying you own gold (shares, ETF,) or having someone else holding your gold for you(wink, wink)  is NOT the same as a chunk of the shiny metal (or coin shaped) in YOUR hand is NOT the same!! Freedom in America currently allows you to do so as in most of the world! IT ALWAYS has some intrinsic value. NO government can print or make it!
Sep 16, 2012 8:18PM
You want security? Buy lead and brass. Gold won't do a damn thing for you when the world goes to hell.

Warren Buffett said it best, would you rather own 1 million dollars in gold, or invest that much in companys that produce a product that people need, food, water, i.e.


What will people seek out in a crisis, the necessities of life or more gold? How much is gold worth in a

situation where water is in short supply?


The price of precious metal is driven by the very people who sell it, they play the "fear" game for their own gain.  Don't play & watch the price drop to where it should be.

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