One big price for today’s electronic currency is security, the upside is convenience. Never before is it as easy to buy silver and gold but a reader recently emailed TPS (The Prospector Site) asking how to safely buy precious metal while utilizing our e-commerce age. The process is simple, and safe, for those who take the necessary steps to protect themselves along the way. Today we tackle the necessary steps to land silver and gold safely into your discretionary spot for storage.
QUESTION: Hello. I would like to invest in gold and/or silver, and am not sure how to (safely) do it. You mentioned a list of reputable sellers? Would you recommend bullion or another form? When you purchase online, how are the funds transferred (through a service like PayPal, or can they be done directly from a customer’s bank)? Thank you.
TPS Reply: Ah, another one joins the PM flock, congrats. Thanks for the great questions and thanks for sharing such honesty. Sometimes the first step to buying the right gold, or silver, is admitting we don’t know what the heck we’re doing. My first experience was a train wreck and I’m humble enough to admit I bought the wrong gold when gold sold for less than $400 per ounce. I will also admit it was a paid education since this miscue sparked a desire to learn as much about real money as possible, my quest still continues to this day.
I recall a PM conversation not long ago with a New York Times bestselling author who writes about all things monetary and economic. How shocked was I when this author admitted “PM ignorance” when it came time to buy physical gold? This only proves few are comfortable with what to buy, where to buy and who to trust.
I push PM “Newbies” toward silver for one reason – CONFIDENCE. For some odd reason most newbies find buying PM uncomfortable or nerve-racking but have no problem investing a life savings in a intrinsically valueless currency supported by nothing more than a thin margin of faith. This PM insecurity causes too many to watch from the sidelines while PM prices rise with each passing year.
This is why I recommend buying silver bullion first, then gold bullion as you become comfortable with whomever you choose to trade with. Don at Colorado Gold works well with beginners, like you, so try them first. I also buy from Miles Franklin and Blanchard Co, too, not to mention my local coin shop. I’m sure there are many more reputable PM brokers but these are the ones I’m most familiar with.
Each online PM broker has their own rules to lock an order (“locking” an order is the moment a firm price is established). Some brokers (dealers) will lock nothing until a check clears or funds wire transfer from your bank to theirs. Some have dollar limits but will lock a price in temporarily while funds generate. Some PM brokers even allow purchasing by way of credit card but usually pass all credit card fees to you the buyer.
I have found bank wire transfers a safe and easy way to purchase PM.
WARNING: Never buy PM face to face with someone unknown. I have stacks of horror stories from well meaning Craiglist traders who ended up robbed or with worthless gold clad bullion. Please stay with reputable PM dealers or brokers realizing their small fee is worth your piece of mind.
Some of you want to buy silver or gold without a paper trail of any kind, I understand. This is still possible but the window of unrecorded private asset ownership of any kind is quickly closing. The upside to owning metal without a paper trail is the reduced risk of governmental confiscation (see Silver Confiscation). The downside to owning PM without proof comes in play for those who wish to insure silver or gold stored at home (you could be asked to show proof of ownership when filing a claim).
This is why some of our readers own metal with and without a paper trail. Nevertheless, start with low premium PM like bullion, rounds or junk silver. All three can be purchased in person or online depending on your perception or concern over a paper trail.
I want to leave you and all other readers with one last thought. You may find your first PM purchase unnerving but if you follow the instruction of someone trusted, like the PM brokers just listed, this process will become easier in no time.
COMMENT: Just wanted to call and say how your book has prioritized our finances – thank you. It seems so obvious we cannot fix our economy by borrowing endless amounts of money and the chapter comparing other assets to gold was an eye opener. Within a week after finishing the book my husband and I each put one unnecessary asset for sale (boat and snowmobile) to begin the “wealth relocation” you write about. Trading a declining asset (toy) for something so protective as PM just makes sense. Thanks for the motivation we both needed to take control of our financial future. Cheers.
TPS Reply: Good for you guys and congrats for making what I think is a perfectly timed life-changing decision. Wealth relocation is nothing more than selling something with declining value and then replacing it with something of real value….. like silver or gold. You will find a feeling of liberation as your new wealth builds while others struggle to maintain a lifestyle that continues to rob the middle class. My recommendation, now, is to stay the course and continue to add PM when possible. Thank you for passing along such a nice compliment…and reading Why Silver & Gold Will Go Higher.