10 Reasons to Choose APMEX as Your Precious Metals Provider

English: APMEX headquarters in Oklahoma City

English: APMEX headquarters in Oklahoma City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

APMEX. You’ve probably heard the name before, but what’s in a name? What does it really tell you about the company that you’re doing business with? If you’re finally ready to invest in Precious Metals, we’re here to let you know why APMEX should be your first choice.

  1. We stand behind our products. All 7,000+ of them. When you decide to make a purchase with APMEX, you’re choosing to invest in quality products. Unhappy with the product you purchased? Our return specialists are available to help you swiftly resolve the issue.
  2. We’ve been in business since 1999. Precious metals are what we know best and we have the tenure and the knowledge base to prove it.
  3. APMEX is here to serve our customers and we have an expert team ready and willing to do just that. Get all of your questions answered through our informative customer service and account management team.
  4. So what if the market is closed? Our website is available to help you 24/7 with securing an order.
  5. We’re big! As in one of the largest online provider of precious metals. See the difference now at www.APMEX.com.
  6. Shipment discretion and insurance are a major part of APMEX customer service. Your metals are shipped like the precious cargo that they are and have no obvious packaging or logos that reveal the contents of the items being shipped.
  7. Not interested in taking physical possession of your items? You don’t have to. Keep your investment secure with our Citadel Global Depository Services.
  8. APMEX is a Global company. Find out about international shipments here.
  9.  Buy and sell right here with APMEX! Our purchasing department will help you get the return on your investment.  Call us at (800) 375-9006
  10. Sure, we can come up with some pretty good reasons for you to buy from us, but our customers can give you even more. We have an A+ plus rating with the Better Business Bureau and 96% of our customers say they would recommend us to friends and family. Become our latest rave review by shopping with us today!

Visit APMEX.com or call (800) 375-9006 to find out more about buying Precious Metals.

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Why investing is hard and Gold’s role in your portfolio. An interview with Tadas Viskanta.

Abnormal Returns: Winning Strategies from the Frontlines of the Investment Blogosphere We recently had the opportunity to interview Tadas Viskanta, an experienced investor and creator of the popular blog Abnormal Returns. Tadas has a new book, name after his blog. In his book Tadas provides a solid foundation in the basic principles for taking a slow, steady, and savvy approach to your financial future. We spoke with Tadas about his book and his view on Gold and while Abnormal Returns doesn’t give you hot new tips for hitting the jackpot right now you will get a fresh perspective on how markets work. Click here to buy the book.

Why did you write this book and what is the main takeaway

I wrote this book because there were a series of themes and ideas which I kept running across in my daily blogging. Fortunately they coalesced around a number of themes, categories and trends which lent themselves well to a book format. The main takeaway is that “investing is hard.” It is difficult for individual investors and difficult for seasoned professional investors as well. There are two main reasons for this. The first is that the global financial markets (and economy) are an increasingly complicated place filled with all manner of crosscurrents. Trying to understand what is going on is a challenge even for veteran market watchers. If you thought forecasting markets was difficult before, now it is even more so. Second, as challenging as markets are, trying to understand and manage our own behaviors can be just as difficult. I would argue that coming to terms with our own biases may in fact be a more valuable skill. This is due to the fact that we cannot control what the financial markets will do today, tomorrow or next year. What we can do is hopefully try and manage our financial lives so that we avoid making those big mistakes from which we will have a difficult time overcoming.

In your book you have a chapter dedicated to alternative investments and you mention that Gold is a “decent portfolio diversifier”. Tell us why

The main defense of gold in a portfolio setting is that it has a low correlation with other financial assets like stocks and bonds. In a world driven by increasingly high correlations this is an attractive feature. In the chapter on alternative investments I note that there is no “perfect investment.” I would include gold in this as well. Unfortunately gold has a number of adherents who would claim that gold makes sense in every sort of market environment, which on the face of it can’t be true. in contrast financial types would argue that gold has no inherent value and its price is therefore subject almost entirely to market sentiment. While this is true, gold has been an enduring feature of human civilization for millennia. So while gold may not be a “productive asset” in the eyes of Warren Buffett, it is not likely to disappear off investor radar screens any time soon.

What is your 2 cents for someone who is just starting to get into the investing space?

My two cents is that before anyone thinks about investing in any serious way they need to make sure that the rest of their financial lives are in order first. As I say in the book before you can run, i.e. invest actively, you first need to be able to jog, i.e. understand basic investing concepts, and first, walk, i.e. eliminate debt, budget, etc. The fact is that “savings is the best investment,” by that I mean generating a $100 in savings is far easier than trying to generate $100 from the markets. The former is a far more certain outcome than the latter. These good habits will have an important impact on your financial life not only today but in the future. That being said after a certain point all you can do is take the plunge. Gaining experience in the markets even in a small way, in both good times and bad, especially bad, will provide you with the knowledge to deal with uncertain markets when the financial stakes are much higher down the road.

* The content contained in this blog post does not represent the views of APMEX Inc. or employees of APMEX Inc. This commentary in no way constitutes an endorsement or  investment advice.
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Interview with David Ganz, author of The Essential Guide to Investing in Precious Metals

We recently had a chance to sit down David Ganz, author of The Essential Guide to Investing in Precious Metals to learn more about his book. David is managing partner and principal litigator in the law firm of Ganz & Hollinger, P.C. in New York City, and Ganz & Sivin, L.L.P. in Fair Lawn, N.J., has a practice that is focused on litigation, guardianship, land use and real estate, general corporate and municipal work. He is also an award-winning writer on a variety of topics, and is both the elected 29th Mayor of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, the 4th largest municipality in Bergen County, N.J. , and a Freeholder (County legislator) elected at-large in the 890,000 population County of Bergen, New Jersey’s most populous.

In his spare time, he is a coin collector. A life fellow (one of 200 voting members) of the American Numismatic Society, he was appointed by President Nixon to the 1974 Annual Assay Commission, the oldest continually functioning committee in the federal government (dating to the founding of the Mint in 1792). He served from 1985-1995 as an elected member of the Board of Governors of the American Numismatic Association, the largest, educational non-profit organization of collectors in the world. He became the organization’s 48th president in July, 1993, serving until August, 1995.

He has served as a consultant to the Canadian Olympic Coin Program (1973-76), the Moscow Olympic Coin Program (1976-80), for Occidental Petroleum and Lazard Freres in their 1981-2 Olympic Coin program effort, the 1985-6 Statue of Liberty Centennial Celebration, and many others. His legislative expertise has been tapped by Olin Brass, Memorial Mission Hospital (Asheville, N.C.), The Platinum Guild, the Dutch Mint, the Portuguese State Mint, and others, on coin and related matters over the course of the past 20 years.

To learn more about David click here . Tweet this interview Tweet this!.

Tell us about your book and why someone should read it.

I have been involved with coins and Precious Metals for more than 50 years and I have been writing about it since 1965. This book takes the excitement of the Precious Metals market, applies it to coins and bullion items, and gives investors as well as collectors new tools work with. People collect coins because of an overwhelming interest in history, politics, government, economics, and intellectual stimulation. People invest in Gold, Silver, Platinum, and Palladium because they can sense the excitement that each of these Metals emanates and because of their long financial history that suggests future success.

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How did you get started investing in Precious Metals?

I started investing in Precious Metal as an almost ancillary role to collecting coins. That started in 1960, when I received an Indian head cent in pocket change and found out that my one cent investment was worth 25 cents . You had the ability back then to go to a bank, slide a dollar bill over the counter, and ask for a real Silver dollar in change. I did that and by the mid-1960s I was amazed to find that as the price of Silver began to walk the worth of the Silver dollars increased as well. I followed the Gold boom firsthand as the right to own Gold was gradually restored to Americans. I began to buy Gold coins where there was a significant value in the Gold but also a numismatic component that backed it up. Continue reading

Getting Started With Precious Metals Investing

APMEX New Investors Guide to Investing in Precious MetalsLooking to invest in Gold and other Precious Metals but not sure how to get started? That’s what this APMEX New Investors Page is all about. Start by downloading our New Investors Guide . It’s full of detailed information about investing in Precious Metals and will give you a good foundation on the basic principles of investing in Gold and other Precious Metals. The APMEX Guide for New Investors gives you concise insights and quick start facts on what you need to know to start investing in Precious Metals. Download the Guide it’s free.

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