This week we will be starting a 15 week series of commentary on the pros and cons of having exposure to gold and silver in different ways. The 1st week will focus on hold silver coins and gold coins:

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What You Need to Know about Gold and Silver - Week 1

Bullion Coins Advantages            Bullion Coins Disadvantages
■ are hard assets, they are tangible;
 we know they exist
■ they can never fall below zero    
■ high liquidity due to their 
 small size
■ no counterparty risk  
■ not a liability                                      
          ■ there could be shipment, storage
             and insurance costs
          ■ higher risk of theft
          ■ higher premiums than bars


Ultimately, our research shows that for long term investors, buy gold and silver bars and coins is the most prudent way to accumulate precious metals. For short term traders and day trades which offer high leverage ETF’s or futures are most likely the best way, though they carry extreme risk.