For the uninformed, gold certificates are certificates which represent, well, gold. They’re pretty much what the dollar was back when we were using the gold standard, when the dollar correlated to some real gold sitting somewhere in the federal reserve. Not so anymore, but certificates still get the job done.
The abolishing of the gold standard is, of course, why we have to deal with things like inflation, recession, depression and so on, and that’s how gold certificates are inflation-proof.
Okay, so the certificate isn’t spendable like the paper dollar, you can’t go into a convenience store and buy a can of soda with a gold certificate, but, you do have something on paper that represents REAL value, it represents exactly how much it’s worth in gold. In this sense, it’s exactly like real gold, and exactly like the paper dollar was before the abolishing of the gold standard.
So how do you invest in these papers? The same way you invest in gold. The exact same way…
Play it Smart
about Gold is the safe investment. The get rich overnight people can go ahead and play the lottery and waste their money on those “Be a Millionaire!” scams. The people who want to make absolutely certain that their money is worth something ten, twenty years from now go with gold. If you want to get rich as quick as you possibly can, you’ll find gold incredibly dull. There’s no risk for the gambler in you, sorry.
Don’t Get Greedy
Some people how to make a lot of money on metals by keeping a constant eye on the market, selling when it’s hot and buying when it’s cold… Okay, you CAN do this, but you’ll honestly be much better off if you’re patient. Gold tends to increase in value in much greater amounts over time, not over a few days time, as with stocks and so on. Just be patient and wait for some big boosts to start selling.
Don’t Get Impatient
Remember that gold’s strength is as a long term investment. If you want to get rich quick, play the lottery. If you want to be safe, sound and secure, if you want something to retire on, something to buy that dream house with, keep some money in gold. So be smart, be patient, and don’t get anxious. Really, if it sounds like gold is just plain too simple… It is. It’s not a high maintenance investment at all.