Decisions, Decisions: Narrowing Down the Options to Select the Right Precious Metal Product for You

If you’re new to Precious Metals, we understand you might have difficulty looking at the veritable smorgasbord of interesting items on APMEX.com. Let’s talk about how you can narrow down the many options and select the Precious Metal product that’s right for you.

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Identify Your Goals

The first step in selecting the right Precious Metal products is to honestly assess your goals in collecting Precious Metals. Are you strictly investing for the future and intend to hold on to your Precious Metal investment indefinitely? A large Silver bar may be just what you’re looking for. The 100 oz APMEX Silver Bar, for example, is a great way to own more .999 fine Silver in fewer physical pieces. Also, this particular bar has an innovative building-block design to make them stack securely in the most satisfying way.

Conversely, if your goal in Precious Metal investment is more like a savings plan, meaning you want to hold on to your Precious Metal but enjoy having something to liquidate in case of an emergency, smaller, easily negotiable pieces are probably for you. The gorgeous PAMP Suisse Gold bars are available as small as a single gram, for example. Liquidating a small portion of your Precious Metals investment in case of an emergency is much easier when you own many smaller items.

Identify Your Preference

Your preferred form of Precious Metals is wholly personal. Perhaps your very first Precious Metal purchase was a popular Silver American Eagle and the thrill of collecting sovereign coins has never left you. You can absolutely build a strong investment portfolio in coins.

On the other hand, perhaps you had to work up to buying bars and now love looking at your hand-poured ingots just to feel rich. There is no wrong answer! Whether you most enjoy sovereign coins, bullion bars or rounds, or novelties, it is entirely personal and up to you. APMEX carries items of all types fitting for any Precious Metals buyer.

Identify Your Budget

Whatever your monthly or yearly investment budget is, APMEX has items for you. If you wish to make a smaller monthly contribution to your Precious Metals investment portfolio, you can make a purchase as modest as a single Silver Maple Leaf. The important thing is you are investing in your future, even if you need to build your portfolio slowly.

Alternatively, a more seasoned investor may plan on putting $2,000 into Precious Metals this year. They could make a single purchase of a couple of Gold Oriana Bars for an IRA account and not think about their Precious Metals portfolio for a few months.

Huge Selection

APMEX is extremely proud of the huge selection of Precious Metals products we have to offer. It is our pleasure to speak to the desires and interests of each of our customers. Narrowing down the many choices of Precious Metals products to choose what is right for you does not need to be daunting. Remember that your needs will change, your purchasing power will fluctuate and your tastes may shift. Concentrate on your goals, your preferences and your budget to choose what is right for you, right now.

Additional Resources

We recommend the following resources to help guide your decision:

If you would like to speak to our of our friendly and knowledgeable account representatives, contact us by calling (800) 395-9006 or email salesquestions@APMEX.com.

From Our Family to Yours…

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The holiday season means so many different things to us all. For me, it’s a time when I reflect on the past year and count my blessings: A loving family, faithful friends and the opportunity to live my passion every day.

This year, APMEX celebrated our 15th anniversary and I could never have imagined we would be able to serve so many incredible people through this journey. I love seeing my dream, and the dream of our APMEX team, become a reality.

During this wonderful time of year, we are moved to show you, our customers, how much you mean to us. From funding a scholarship for young numismatists to feeding thousands in our community, we take our inspiration from you. Thank you for supporting us and helping us support others.

From our family to yours, with heartfelt appreciation, we thank you for your commitment to APMEX and wish you happiest of holidays.

Warm wishes,

Scott Thomas
President, APMEX

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How to get your child interested in Precious Metals

Even the most avid Precious Metal investor may struggle to share their passion with the young people in their lives. Especially when something is as important as building financial security, children may eschew it as boring or complicated. Figuring out how to reach your child regarding the vital importance of planning for the future can be difficult.

SupermanGetting kids truly interested in the process and setting them on the right path may seem impossible. However, you can get your child interested in Precious Metals investing in a way that feels both fun and relevant to them. Let’s examine different strategies for getting your child interested in Precious Metals investing.

 

The Value of Money

One of our most essential duties as a parent is to teach our children the value of money. When we make sure they understand the importance of planning and saving, we are establishing their ability to flourish as adults. What we model for our kids matters.
When you teach your child the value of the proverbial dollar, show them the work that goes into earning and growing your money, and demonstrate sound investments by letting them know you buy physical Gold and physical Silver, you are setting the best possible example. Your child’s interest in Precious Metals investing will definitely be piqued just by knowing you engage in it and seeing your coins and bullion.

Creating Traditions

Children thrive on tradition. Knowing something will happen with regularity builds great security and content in a child’s world. You might consider building a tradition around a Gold or Silver coin. If your child knows every year there will be a new Gold American Eagle hanging on the holiday tree in an ornament capsule, it can generate great excitement and interest. Or perhaps birthdays are your family’s bigger gift-giving occasion. A yearly present of a U.S. Mint coin could build an interest in numismatic collecting.

A child who develops a passion for collecting will become a solid investor. Even a young person with a modest allowance could buy a beautiful Silver American Eagle, and their interest in collecting and investing will grow exponentially with each acquisition.

Appealing to Their Interests
If modeling sound investments and creating traditions around
Precious Metals investing do not seem to build interest in Precious Metals investing in your child, what else could pique their curiosity? Luckily, there is a way. Educators routinely advise parents to meet their children on their level. For example, if a child is struggling to read but loves superheroes, look for superhero books to entice your son or daughter into reading.

You can use this strategy to build interest about Precious WolfMetals investing in your child. If your child is passionate about wildlife, there are fascinating coins featuring amazing animals. Perhaps an adorable Chinese Silver Panda, a Howling Wolf, or a majestic Somalian Silver Elephant would captivate your child. The possibilities are endless! Something is sure to speak to your child’s existing interests, helping you build the bridge to Precious Metals investing.

Whether you choose one of these paths or a combination of strategies to interest your child in Precious Metals investing, you absolutely can accomplish this goal. Teaching our children the value of a dollar is one of a parent’s most sacred duties. Without that knowledge, they can never look forward to a secure financial future. Begin today getting your child interested in Precious Metals investing.

Scholarship Offer: Attend the American Numismatic Association’s Summer Seminar

We’re excited to announce a new investment opportunity… our chance to invest in YOU!

APMEX has created two scholarships for American Numismatic Association members who wish to attend the organization’s Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Attendants get to mingle and learn from other passionate numismatists for an entire week, exploring topics that enrich hobbies, investments and even careers.

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The scholarships cover everything, including:

  • Tuition
  • Room & board
  • Round-trip airfare

APMEX sees this as an opportunity to give back to those who helped us follow our dreams. We not only want to see other numismatists follow theirs, we want to help them get there, too!

Visit our scholarship page to learn more and apply. Applicants must be at least 13 years old and members of the ANA.

2015 Gifts for Under $100

If you’re still not sure what present you would like for that special someone in your life, we invite you to check out some ideas we have to share. These selections are all under $100, so you can gift to everyone on your list! We at APMEX are confident we have the perfect gift for your loved one.

For the Man in Your Life

Is your husband or brother a huge Star Wars fan? Besides the cool Darth Vader coin you saw in the APMEX Holiday Gift Guide, we have colorful coins featuring intriguing characters, such as this 2016 Niue 1oz Silver $2 Star Wars Kylo Ren coin. There is a world of Star Wars to discover!


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Know an avid fisherman? He may appreciate one of the coins in the Royal Canadian Mint’s North American Sportfish series, which includes the beautiful 2015 Canada 1 oz Silver North American Sportfish Largemouth Bass coin. There are also trout, pike, and walleye depicted in attractive action scenes!

Delight the little boy your loved one used to be with a very grown up Army guy! The little green Army men of our youth, rendered in .999 fine Silver, make a great trinket to honor the childhood of any man.

For the Ladies

Do you know a devoted Royal Watcher? Surprise her with the Perth Mint’s darling 2015 Australia 1 oz Silver Princess Charlotte Proof. This lovely coin depicts Their Highnesses with Prince George and the newest little one, Princess Charlotte.Pendant

Perhaps your wife, mother or daughter only wants one thing: jewelry! APMEX has you covered. We offer dozens of Silver jewelry options, available at modest price points. You might wish to look at the especially beautiful 5 gram Silver Gilded PAMP Suisse Fortuna Pendant. The stunning Fortuna design is highlighted in Gold for an unusually striking look. This item comes with a chain.

Sometimes what she really needs is the right item to transform a coin she already owns into the showpiece she deserves. We have an array of Silver Bar and Coin Bezels to do just that! A favorite coin can become the treasured adornment she has always wanted.

For Kids
Perhaps you would like to start your child on a path to real Precious Metals collecting. The 2015 Somalia 1 oz Silver Elephant may be just what you’re looking for! This series is especially desirable for collecting because the artwork changes annually. Gifting one of these could begin an important tradition, so this is a gift that will be exciting as well as educational in the long run.

super girlDisneyana is often a good bet if you want to delight a child. APMEX is thrilled to offer a wide variety of licensed Disney coins from the New Zealand Mint’s series celebrating Disney personalities. This 2014 Niue 1 oz Silver $2 Disney Donald Duck coin is a particularly charming part of the series, sure to tickle any child’s fancy.

If superheroes are all the rage in your house, there are many coins celebrating these beloved comic book characters. APMEX carries coins featuring Spiderman, Batman, Superman and the Avengers. An especially exciting coin right now is this fun 2015 Canada 1/2 oz Silver $10 DC Comics Originals: Strength featuring Supergirl!

If you’re reading this, you probably already love shopping with APMEXAPMEX Holiday Gift Guide
and have looked at our beautiful APMEX Holiday Gift Guide. As many gorgeous items are featured in the Gift Guide, it only shows a tiny fraction of what APMEX has to offer.

As you can see, the possibilities are truly endless with APMEX. Complete your holiday shopping today with affordable Precious Metals items that are sure to delight!

Precious Metals Investing For Girls

Sparking Girls’ Interest in Precious Metals Investing

girl with bankOne of our most sacred duties as parents is to show our children the path toward financial security in adulthood. This is especially true for parents who are raising little girls to become independent women. But how do we get our girls interested in Precious Metals investing? Numismatics is traditionally a “boys’” hobby; there is even a Boy Scouts badge for it! At APMEX, we know that Precious Metals collecting is a great hobby for any young person and that it can lead to a lifelong habit of smart Precious Metal investments. Let’s look at how we can inspire our daughters’ interest in Precious Metals.

Power in Financial Security

While the world has changed a great deal in the last two generations, the fact is that women still earn approximately $0.77 for every $1.00 men earn in the same job. For parents who want to set their daughters on the road to true financial security, it is imperative we show them how to protect and grow their money through sound investments. Help your daughter understand there is nothing more exciting than looking toward a future full of the possibilities financial security provides. Show your daughter how you protect and grow your money with Precious Metals investments. Empower her to make smart investment decisions for herself so no matter what her future holds, she will have the knowledge and ability to take care of herself. Knowing how seriously you take her financial future and that you invest in Precious Metals will pique her interest.

Starting Early

The very best way to interest your daughter in Precious Metals investing is to begin early and make investing a part of everyday life. But how do you make Precious Metals investments exciting for a little girl? APMEX has the answer for that: Cinderella. Many little girls go through a princess phase, when all they want to do and be is wrapped up in the magic of Disney Princesses. There is a wonderful series of Disney-licensed coins sure to speak to the little girl in your life. Whether her favorite is Snow White, Jasmine or Belle, there is a coin that could spark a lifelong interest in Precious Metals collecting and investing for your child. These particular coins can even be placed in an ornament capsule to grace your holiday tree, making the presentation as spectacular as the item itself.

Celebrating Her Interests and Abilities

For an older girl, you may need to gradually build an interest in Precious Metals investing. Educators often use the strategy of relating to children over their existing interests. This is a great tip for parents, too. If your daughter is an accomplished ballet dancer, you might open the discussion of Precious Metals investing with a present of a beautiful Russian Ballerina, one of the world’s most popular Palladium coins, with its strikingly beautiful artwork of a dancer en pointe in fourth position. If your daughter is inspired by the work of Eleanor Roosevelt, you might give her the Gold Eleanor Roosevelt from the uplifting First Spouse series by the U.S. Mint. Whether your daughter loves classical music or herpetology, there is sure to be a coin that speaks to her interests. As long as you connect to what matters to her personally, you create an opportunity to make Precious Metals investing fascinating.

Precious Metals investing can be seen as an unusual pursuit for young girls, and even avid Precious Metals enthusiasts may struggle to share their passion for Precious Metals investing with the little girls in their lives. At APMEX, we believe that for every person, there is a coin that will inspire a lifelong interest in Precious Metals investing. Help your daughter on the path to personal empowerment through financial security by getting her started as a Precious Metals investor today.

 

Considering Platinum? What You Need to Know

Platinum is the most precious of the Precious Metals. While all precious metals are recognized for their durability, scarcity and beauty, Platinum has, in its short time on the Precious Metals scene, become the proverbial belle of the ball. The benefits of Platinum include the following:

  •  Platinum is extremely durable. As the least reactive metal, Platinum is considered a noble metal, meaning it is remarkably resistant to corrosion, even at high temperatures, and is resistant to oxidation in moist air.
  • Platinum is famously rare. The common example that all the Platinum in the world can fit in the average-size American living room is entirely accurate!
  • Platinum is gorgeous. In just over 200 years, Platinum has become the ne plus ultra, or the ultimate, in luxurious jewelry.

Platinum is also vital to many necessary industrial applications. For example, catalytic converters in our cars require Platinum, making the automotive industry the largest Platinum consumer.

Experts estimate that 20% of everything we use either contains Platinum or requires Platinum in its production. It is quickly becoming a true necessity, making Platinum an excellent long-term investment.

Why Make Platinum Your Next Purchase?

 For the established Precious Metals investor, there is no better time to branch into Platinum investing. Platinum has long been referred to as “rich man’s Gold” because it has historically traded at a higher price. Only the wealthiest investors went into Platinum.

Recently, due to upsets in the mining and automotive industries, the price of Platinum has fallen below that of Gold. While this is not unprecedented, it is rare. Now is truly the time to get on board with Platinum.

Platinum experts say that if you hold on to your Platinum investment long term — which is the best plan for any investment — you can see a good return. The rebound of Platinum prices is expected, and certain to be strong. Now may be the time to add Platinum to your investment portfolio.

How To Buy Platinum

Whether your interest lies in bars or coins, there are remarkable values available now.

APMEX is currently stocking a 1 oz Platinum Bar by Valcambi, offering the attraction of a historic Swiss refiner and the security of being packaged in assay. For investors preferring coin presentations, the 2015 Canada 1 oz Platinum Maple Leaf is a true must-see. Beautiful, featuring an iconic design, the Platinum Maple Leaf would make an outstanding first foray into Platinum.

These opportunities in Platinum extend to smaller investors, too. Those who would like a piece of Platinum but see it as prohibitively expensive may be pleasantly surprised at the exceptional values available, such as the stunning 1/2 oz PAMP Suisse Platinum Bar. Besides the lower price point that may appeal to a new Platinum investor, the 1/2 oz PAMP Suisse Platinum Bar comes in assay for that extra piece of mind tamper-evident packaging offers newcomers to the Platinum market.

For the Gold investor looking for something exciting and new, there may be no better moment to branch out and choose Platinum over Gold.