New! APMEX Gold Bars in Tamper-Evident Packaging

 

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If you are looking to increase your allocation to Gold this year, consider APMEX Gold Bars — superbly manufactured in .9999-fine Gold. Choose from four sizes, 1 oz., 10 gram, 5 gram and 1 gram, to meet your investment goals and budget. The added value of these bars is the tamper-evident packaging (TEP), which protects the bar and adds another level of security to guarantee the bar’s authenticity. APMEX has a reputation for quality, and provides safe and secure shipping. Order your APMEX Gold Bars — in stock and ready to ship today — while supplies last!

See The Difference in Quality from APMEX. Not all Gold bars are alike. APMEX Gold Bars are pure Gold at four-nines, .9999-fine, and we stand behind every product with a satisfaction guarantee. Our Gold Bars are sealed in tamper-evident packages that provide another level of security and serve as assay cards to guarantee the weight, purity and authenticity of the Gold. In addition, with APMEX Gold Bars you get:

  • A high-quality strike
  • Purity and size stamped on the bar
  • A manufacturer with an excellent reputation
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The back (reverse) of each bar features the APMEX name and web address, while the front (obverse) depicts the APMEX eagle logo, along with the purity and weight. Start the   year off by balancing your investment portfolio with an allocation to Gold.   APMEX Gold Bars are in stock and ready to ship in four different sizes, 1   oz., 10 gram, 5 gram and 1 gram. Order   today, while supplies last.

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Have You Rebalanced Your Portfolio?

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Gold prices are moving up sharply today as the euro is stabilizing against the U.S. dollar. If you have not rebalanced your portfolio in the last six months, now may be the time for a portfolio review. What is your economic outlook for the next 3-5 years? A well-diversified asset allocation strategy — one that includes Gold and Silver — may help mitigate portfolio risk and provide balance.

The Year-end liquidity Push is winding down. Historically, at the end of any calendar year, hedge funds and investors in general rebalance portfolios. Gold can get caught up in this liquidity (move-to-cash) event. With the new year under way, this activity should be settling, and Gold may begin to move more in line with news and events.

An article from CNBC makes three important points about the jump in Gold prices:
1. The price of Gold has breached a key 200-day moving average. Technical analysts say a close above this level could spark fresh momentum for the metal.
2. The market is still dealing with a sovereign debt crisis in the euro zone. Gold should be well-supported against this backdrop.
3. Buyers in India are stocking up ahead of the wedding season later this month. Buying there is expected to continue through March.

What percent of your investable assets should be allocated to Gold? The percent of your portfolio you choose to commit to Precious Metals depends on your personal goals and risk tolerance, as well as your outlook for the economy. Consider your allocations across your IRA, 401(k) and personal portfolio.

To stay ahead of the trends, check out the APMEX Daily Gold & Silver Market Report, updated three times throughout the trading day.

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Consider the well-known, premier Pamp Suisse Gold Bar, As Low As $39.99 per Bar Over Spot. Easy to stack and store, 1 oz. Gold bars are one of the most popular ways to invest in Gold. The 1 oz. Pamp Suisse Gold Bars are among the purest Gold bars you can own at .9999-fine. Each comes in a tamper-evident assay card stamped with a unique serial number, which guarantees its authenticity. Pamp Suisse bars are well-known, making them easy to sell if you need to liquidate assets. The bars depict Fortuna, the goddess of fortune and luck — widely considered the most beautiful Gold bar design. Order your Pamp Suisse Gold bars today, for as low as $39.99 per bar over spot.

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12.30.11 Weekly Recap

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The price of Gold has been heavily affected by the euro zone crisis this week. In the words of one analyst, “The developments in Italy have perked up the dollar, and that is pushing Gold down.” The long-term outlook for Gold continues to be supported by consistent purchases of Gold by central banks. Although there has been a recent correction in the Gold price, the viewpoint is still positive for the asset. According to James Moore of TheBullionDesk.com, “Precious metals have been hit, as traders and investors continue to lock in profits and bolster cash positions in the run-up to year-end. But, it is worth remembering that despite the recent correction, Gold is still on course to post its 11th consecutive year-on-year gain. And that, given the ongoing debt problems facing many economies, record-low interest rates and the highs in Gold this year, those with a longer-term outlook could view current levels as a buying opportunity.”

Gold demand in China caused the Chinese central bank to step in and ban most Gold exchanges, with the exception of the Shanghai Gold Exchange and the Shanghai Futures Exchange. The People’s Bank of China claims that illegal activity and lax management caused risks to emerge; the bank is now leading a team to clean up problems. Chinese citizens will still be able to buy the Gold they covet, however through limited means. Chinese officials and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda agreed to start directly trading their respective currencies with each other. This has been an ongoing issue between the United States and China, as China views the current currency landscape as too dependent on the U.S. dollar. The short-term effect is relatively limited to helping the current U.S. trade deficit with China; however, the long-term effect could be a devaluation of the U.S. dollar.

The situation in Syria escalated to a point where the Arab League finally intervened this week. The Arab League monitors tasked with observing the situation in Syria said that they saw “nothing frightening” in Homs, the city of 1 million people who has been the epicenter of protests. Some estimates have indicated that one-third of the 5,000 people killed in the Syrian crisis were killed in Homs. Many independent video reports have shown parts of that city that resemble a war zone. The Arab League’s worry has been that their monitors would not be allowed to search during their observation; this initial report only supported those fears. Despite continued observation by the monitors throughout the week, 10 people were reportedly killed Friday morning during protests. Activists hope to meet with the monitors soon to discuss the government crackdown on the protests.

The European Banking Authority set a June 2012 deadline for European banks to raise more than 114 billion euros in fresh capital in order to assure that European banks will have enough cash on hand after the price drop in European sovereign bonds.  The Italian debt auction showed no promise after Italy’s announcement of an austerity package and the recent lending done by the European Central Bank (ECB). Spain also benefited as its six-month debt costs were halved to 2.4%. The ECB has flooded euro zone banks with almost 500 billion euros in the hope that it would be used toward sovereign debt. Last week, markets rallied on the news in the hope that banks would buy sovereign debt or loan money to other banks and businesses to stimulate the economy.

The euro, clearly dealing with a significant lack confidence, experienced a rapid and drastic drop this week, falling through an important price point of 1.30. The euro fell relative to the U.S. dollar; Gold and Silver followed their historical trend to move down as the dollar moved up. There are several opinions as to why the euro fell so rapidly. One opinion is that the European Central Bank (ECB) might still decide to roll the printing press. Another opinion is that the weaker euro has to do with the rapid expansion (10%) of the ECB balance sheet. European banks took the money loaned to them by the ECB. Instead of investing the money, they risked less by parking the money in the ECB overnight depository. A third opinion revolves around the Italian bond market, which has been very unstable lately. All three of these scenarios may very well be playing a part, but the increase in the ECB’s balance sheet is probably the current driving factor.

U.S. analysts expected that the struggling housing market was in recovery. However, data released this week indicated that U.S. single-family home prices dropped significantly in October. The focus in the U.S. has been on improving the housing market to strengthen the overall economy. The number of people contracting to buy existing homes in November went up 7.3%, higher than the 1.5% expectation. Currently, mortgage rates are at all-time lows, while housing prices continue to fall. This provides strong stimulation for increased demand. Most economists see an improved housing picture as essential for job growth and a recovering economy.

Weekly jobless claims in the U.S. rose more than expected but the unemployment claims amount remained below 400,000. Initial claims for jobless benefits went up 15,000 to 381,000. Economists polled by Reuters had forecasted 375,000 claims. Although this did break the streak of three weeks of declining claims, most analyst expect a gradual positive trend to continue.

WEEKLY SPOT PRICES

Gold: Spot Gold prices opened this week at $1,595.20. The high was on Tuesday, Dec. 27th at $1609.20, while the low for the week occurred on Thursday, Dec. 15th at $1,523.90. Gold ended the week down $27.20 at $1,568.00. This week, the most popular Gold bullion products were  Gold American Eagles Pamp Suisse Gold Bars, and Gold Maple Leafs.

Silver: Spot Silver prices opened this week at $28.71. Silver reached a high of $29.22 on Tuesday, Dec. 27th, while this week’s low for Silver occurred on Thursday, Dec. 29th at $26.15. Silver ended the week down $0.77 at $27.94. The most popular Silver products on APMEX.com this week were Silver American Eagles, Silver Maple Leafs, Silver Buffalo Rounds and APMEX Silver Bars.

Platinum: Spot Platinum prices opened this week at $1,437.40 and ended the week down $36.20 at $1,401.20. Popular Platinum products this week included,  Platinum Bars Platinum American Eagles, and  Platinum American Eagles.

Palladium: Spot Palladium prices opened this week at $665.50 and ended the week down $8.70 at $656.80. Palladium investors preferred  Pamp Suisse Palladium Bars and Palladium Canadian Maple Leafs this week.

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2012 Gold Australian Kangaroos

The Perth Mint in Australia released the third product in its 2012 Australian Gold and Silver Bullion Coin Program: the Australian Gold Kangaroo. Much like the previous products in this series, the Gold Kangaroos are issued as Australian legal tender guaranteed by the Commonwealth Government of Australia. The 2012 Australian Gold Kangaroos are offered in sizes of 1/10 oz, ¼ oz, ½ oz and 1 oz, as well as the larger 1 kilo size.

The Australian Gold Kangaroos have been offered by the Perth Mint since 1989, with each year featuring a different reverse design. The jeweler to Queen Elizabeth II, Dr. Stuart Devlin, created the 2012 design, which features a single kangaroo with a bush scene and windmill in the background. The kilo coin differs slightly, in that the image is instead a hopping Red Kangaroo. The mint mark “P” appears on the reverse of each coin, along with the inscriptions “Australian Kangaroo,” the date, the size of the coin, and the purity, “9999 Gold.” The obverse of each coin shows the Ian Rank-Broadley likeness of Queen Elizabeth II, as well as the coin’s monetary denomination, 100 Australian dollars.

The Perth Mint originally opened in 1899 as a branch of Britain’s Royal Mint to help supply Gold sovereigns and half sovereigns, which were used as everyday circulating coins throughout the British Empire. In 1970, control of the mint passed from Britain to the Western Australian Government, which still owns it today.

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Inventory Reduction Sale

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You have just five more days to take advantage of year-end values on thousands of popular Gold and Silver products, in our Inventory Reduction Sale Event. Shop coins, bars, rounds, jewelry and more, marked down to incredibly low prices. The APMEX Inventory Reduction Sale Event ends December 31st. Shop today, while supplies last!

Find Amazing Values for Investors and Collectors

From numismatic treasures to investment bullion, the APMEX Inventory Reduction Sale Event includes thousands of products at marked down prices, including:

  • Gold and Silver bars and rounds
  • Platinum and palladium items
  • Bullion coins, some in original mint packaging with COA
  • Numismatic and semi-numismatic collectibles
  • Coin jewelry
  • Commemorative coins
  • Individual coins, sets and boxed items
  • And much more!

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Dollar Cost Averaging

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A strategy for making the most out of fluctuating Gold prices

When investing in Gold, it’s only natural to think in terms of cost per ounce.  Many people see the price of Gold and decide to jump in. They make a one-time investment, and wait for Gold prices to go up.  While Gold has indeed trended up throughout 2011, there is a natural fluctuation in pricing.  It goes up and then down and then up again.

There’s a way of using the fluctuating price of Gold to your advantage and it’s called Dollar Cost Averaging. Instead of making a single investment, you invest a fixed amount on a fixed schedule.

Here’s how an illustration of how it might work. Say an investor has $12,000 to invest, so using dollar cost averaging they decide to invest $1000 per month in Stock ABC. The first month Stock ABC sells for $50 per share, so the investor purchases 20 shares. The second month Stock ABC is $25 per share, so the $1000 can purchase 40 shares. The third month, stock ABC is up to $40, so they can purchase 25 shares. All together, they now own 85 shares of Stock ABC at the average per share price of $35.29.

If this investor had spent the entire $12,000 up front they would have paid $50 per share, but by dollar cost averaging after three months, they only paid $35.29 per share. If investments only went up, this would not be an advisable way to invest, but in a market environment where there has been a great deal of volatility like we have seen in 2011, Dollar Cost Averaging will help reduce risk.

Dollar Cost Averaging is an especially prudent investment strategy for gold and silver. Make a commitment to how much you can spend on a weekly, monthly or quarterly basis and then simply follow through. We have all heard the adage that you cannot time the markets. Dollar Cost Averaging accepts this as truth and gives an investor a simple plan to follow.

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