Attracting the who’s who among the globe’s greatest precious metals investors, Western Australia – which accounts for more than 70% of Australia’s overall gold production - has cemented itself as a major destination to explore and mine for the famous yellow metal.
With this in mind, Australia’s largest precious metal event, The Precious Metal Investment Symposium (PMIS), has this year pulled up stumps and relocated from Sydney to WA’s capital and world-renowned mining hub, Perth.
This month marks the 10 year anniversary since Lehman Brothers, one of the highest profile casualties of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), went bankrupt in the United States.
We spoke to Gold Industry Group Company Secretary Bron Suchecki, who was working at The Perth Mint at the time, and ABC Bullion Chief Economist Jordan Eliseo, about their memories from that time period.
The Perth Mint recently launched the Perth Mint Physical Gold ETF (NYSE Arca: AAAU), the first exchange-traded fund with sovereign-backed gold trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
AAAU is guaranteed by the Government of Western Australia, with shares exchangeable for delivery of a wide range of gold products.
The value of a gold miner is based on the gold price but provides the investor with the opportunity to achieve a return in excess of the rise in the price of gold.
Recent investor articles have focused on investment in gold, be it physical or other products liked to the gold price. Those looking for exposure to gold prices can also invest in the producers of the gold itself.
When you are thinking of buying gold the first thing you should consider is where you are going to store your gold, as it affects what form of gold you may buy as well as who to buy it from.
There are three main ways to store gold.
In the last big bull market in gold in the 1970s, buying gold was straightforward with only a few options to choose from.
Today, investors are spoilt for choice, making the decision a lot more complex and confusing.
The gold industry is very particular when it comes to measuring gold, which is not surprising considering how valuable it is relative to its size.
While many countries moved to metric system, the precious metals industry globally continued to use the historic troy ounce as its basic unit of measure. If you think it is an unfair advantage for countries that didn’t change, like the USA, you would be wrong as a troy ounce is not the same as an ounce – is it actually heavier. It is its own unique measurement unit.