The first part of investing in gold will be understanding the price of gold and what effects the price of gold. The price of gold is set by a benchmark known as the London Gold Fixing, a twice-daily (telephone) meeting of representatives from five bullion-trading firms. Furthermore, there is active gold trading based on the intra-day spot price, derived from gold-trading markets around the world as they open and close throughout the day.
Today, like all investments and commodities, the price of gold is ultimately driven by supply and demand, including hoarding and dis-hoarding. Unlike most other commodities, the hoarding and dis-hoarding play a much bigger role in affecting the price, because almost all the gold ever mined still exists and is potentially able to flood the market at the right price.Read More