At What Age Should You Start Investing In Precious Metals?

In our recent fill in the blank trivia on Facebook and Twitter, we asked this very question from fans and followers. As the answers were rolling in, many of you felt that you should start investing as soon as you get your first paycheck, while some of you said that you should start investing in precious metals for your children as soon as they are born. So we asked our team of professionals here at APMEX the very same questions and here is what they had to say:

 At what age should one start to invest in precious metals?
Precious metals should be considered for all investment portfolios.  At whatever age an individual begins to save and invest, they should consider precious metals. As a “collector” is another story. Children below the age of 5 are often taught by their parents to collect coins and start a coin collection.

Which precious metals should one start investing in as a first time investor?
Depending on how much you have to invest you would start with gold or silver. Most of our customers who invest $20,000 or more invest in both gold and silver.

What are some of the most popular APMEX products for first time investors?
The most popular APMEX products are the 1oz. Gold and Silver American Eagles. The Canadian Gold and Silver 1oz Maple Leaf is not too far behind. APMEX branded Gold and Silver bars & rounds are also popular.

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Gold prices ease on caution ahead of Fed statement

American stock futures are trading slightly higher this morning, while the Gold price has dropped.  This movement comes ahead of a highly-anticipated Federal Reserve policy decision which could bring about a new round of quantitative easing.  Nick Beecroft of Saxo Capital Markets U.K. explained that while QE is the hope of the markets, the Fed is more likely to announce an extension of Operation Twist, its bond-buying program.  “This will probably disappoint equity markets, which seem to be expecting ‘another shot of heroin,’” he said.

European leaders fleshed out a list of concrete steps to potentially solve its debt crisis in front of a Group of 20 (G20) summit, with the G20 leaders supporting what the eurozone brought to the table.  U.S.A. President Barack Obama said that it was clear that the leaders know what steps need to be taken to shore up the debt crisis, adding, “None of them are going to be a silver bullet that solves this thing entirely … in the next week or two weeks or two months, but each step points to the fact that Europe is moving towards further integration rather than break-up.”

At 9 a.m. (EDT), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold – $1,605.60 – Down $18.10.
  • Silver – $28.20 – Down $0.27.
  • Platinum – $1,459.90 – Down $22.60.
  • Palladium – $624.90 – Down $5.50.