Since gold has been around for so long, most investors are completely aware of its investment benefits – but most aren’t completely aware of the best offshore gold storage options out there. Read below to brush up on your gold investment knowledge and to explore, store and buy gold in Switzerland.
Ancient civilizations sought gold and other precious metals for its beauty and later came to see the economic benefits. Now, gold has become a trusted source for those looking to protect their wealth and even make a bit of profit in some cases. Gold and silver have been, and will always be, a smart investment choice as a hedge, a diversification, or an individual investment.
Gold and silver provide protection and investment diversification in times of infinite money printing from central banks around the world. Precious metals are becoming recognized not only as commodities, but as currencies that cannot be printed and devalued. They also offer a hedge during these times of currency devaluation and increasing geopolitical risks.
As a hard asset, precious metals are a great way to diversify your portfolio from paper profits, digital trading, and currency creation. This allows gold and silver to stand as hedges against any higher risk investments.
Since gold began its journey as currency in 560 BC, the importance of this precious metal has grown and has influenced various ancient empires, like Greece and Rome, as well as metal-based currency in early Great Britain. It has become a sign of wealth throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
Though most worldwide currencies are no longer backed by gold, it is still quite important to the world economy. One reason for this is simply that gold has maintained its value since it began to be utilized as currency. The same thing cannot be said about paper currencies.
Is gold a good investment for the future? Today, investors still use gold to hedge their funds, as a safe haven, and as a direct investment.
A hedge investment is one that can offset the losses in another asset class. Investors will often buy gold to hedge against the decline of a currency, for it is a great defense against inflation.
Research has also found that gold is the best hedge against a stock market crash. In fact, gold prices increase dramatically after a crash. Stockholders will often sell their stocks and buy gold.
Gold is also seen as a safe haven, protecting investors from a tragic investment. In 2008, many investors relied on the precious metal during the financial crisis.
In terms of direct investment, many investors profited from the increase in the price of gold. Some still buy gold because they see it as a valuable substance that can be utilized industrially. For obvious reason, gold is held by many governments and wealthy individuals.
A long time ago, the only way to own gold was to own physical gold. Today, you can own gold in many different forms: gold coins, companies, ETFs, mutual funds, bullion, jewelry, and futures. Buying bullion and gold coins is the most direct way to the asset.
Gold is speculative. It has gone through, and will continue to go through, highs and lows. It can be a risky choice to put all of an investor’s money in. Like every investment, there are risks and rewards. Though gold can’t make any promises as a lone investment, investing in gold has been, and will remain, a solid choice in diversification of your portfolio – which should include other commodities like oil, real estate, and other hard assets.
Like gold, silver also holds its value. Other benefits of silver include the fact that it has never been defaulted on. By owning physical silver, there are no default risks, which is not something that can be said about all investments. Silver also has a rich history as a money with a lot value, and it has even been used in more coinage than gold.
Gold is more expensive than silver, so you would need to buy more silver to protect the same amount of money, but it would be easier to make smaller purchases. When it comes time to sell the silver, you wouldn’t have to sell a full ounce like you would in the case of gold.
In addition, there are numerous industrial uses for silver in almost every major industry, from electronics to medicine to solar energy. The metal is significantly electrically conductive, thermally conductive, and reflective. We would not have a lot of the amenities we have today without the use of silver.
Storing your gold in Swiss vaults has been a proven way for those who would like to protect their gold to do so safely with trusted banks. Switzerland has historically been one of the leading countries in terms of offshore gold storage. The country has one of the world’s largest reserves of gold per capita.
Whether it’s a bank or a private vault, Switzerland’s options for storing gold have always been held in high regard.
Alpen Partners offers its clients the opportunity to buy and store physical gold and silver in Switzerland. While most ETFs and international financial centers outside of Switzerland only offer the possibility to own “paper” gold and silver, our solution allows our clients to own their own gold and silver bars.
The gold and silver bars can be stored at one of our partner Swiss private banks, either in the main vault of the bank or in a private safe deposit box. We also offer our clients the opportunity to store the precious metal bars in private vaults outside the banking system, either in a Freeport or at ultra-safe private vaults in Switzerland.
No matter the problem, Alpen Partners will handcraft a solution for you. We know that there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to financial success. Our approach involves working with our clients to make a unique plan to meet their needs. Rest assured that we will work hard to guide you through the process of meeting your financial and personal goals.
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Founder And Managing Partner
Mr. Gabris previously worked as a senior client advisor at the private banking unit of Lombard Odier in Zurich and Geneva. Prior to that, he worked as a research sell-side analyst at Lombard Odier in Zurich and as an analyst at the institutional asset management unit of UBS in Zurich. Mr. Gabris holds a MBA degree from Columbia University (New York) and a Master of Science in Production Management from the Swiss Institute of Technology. He is also a certified Financial Analyst and Portfolio Manager (AZEK-CFPI). Mr. Gabris is a car and motor racing enthusiast. He is a Swiss citizen.