Investing in Gold and Achieving Our Glory
 
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Nowadays routine gold - silver buyers and sellers are in big turmoil especially in countries like India, where most of the traders run business in traditional fashion. The price tracking methods of these traders are very poor hence they are unable to rationalize the price movement of the precious metals and as an upshot they incur huge loss in business. The business and trading of precious metals has become highly arduous and full of intricacies, therefore traders require either high - tech enabled systems or advisors to stay in the business but sadly this is beyond their reach.

The small traders do not understand the various multi - dimensions of price movement viz. economies, investment demand, sovereign currency and safe haven demand. The prices of gold heading for $2000/oz and silver prices also all set to test $50 levels. Given the fact that the beta or market volatility of prices has knocked record high level and the money of small traders is diminishing day by day. The situation becomes grimmer in case of those who know about Morning Stars and Evening Stars (candle stick patterns) because they are unable to defeat the emotional tide or presume the Japan's earthquake or Obama's mind. This shows the uncertainty in the system which affects the prices of precious metals so as small traders, who cannot withstand the high variation in price in short span of time and as an upshot the incur small to huge loss.

 
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It is important to grasp the big picture of why gold is going up and the factors that are fueling its rise.

An Overview Since 1974

In 1971 President Richard Nixon ended US dollar convertibility to gold, bringing to an end the central role of gold in world currency systems. Three years later Congress legalized the ownership of gold by US citizens. Freed from the government-mandated price of $35 per ounce, the dollar and gold floated. In 1979 and 1980, investors' lack of confidence in the government's ability to restrict the expansion of the money supply resulted in panic buying of precious metals as a hedge against inflation. Gold prices soared, and in January 1980 the gold price hit a record of $850 per ounce. During the four-year period from 1976 to 1980, the price of gold had risen by more than 750%.

In the early 1980s the US Federal Reserve raised interest rates to restrict money supply growth. This policy achieved its purpose and by 1982 interest rates were declining and the fear of inflation had subsided. Investment capital responded by moving into financial assets from commodities including gold, and the market soared. After the historic highs of January 1980, the price of gold meandered in the $300-$400 range until hitting a low of $256 in February 2001. Then the bull market for gold returned, and by November 2009 the price had pushed up to $1,140 - a rise of 445%. To some investors, this suggests that history is repeating itself and gold is heading beyond $2,000 per ounce. To return to the 1980 high, when adjusted for inflation, the price would need to be over $2,000 now.

 
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The easiest and simplest way prospecting for gold can be done is by panning for gold.

Panning for gold is the cheapest way to find gold. Firstly you need to find the best location in the area you are prospecting. Pick a spot where the water is about 6 inches deep and flowing steadily. Just fast enough that you can see the pan in the water and can sit comfortably.

The trick of panning for gold is in the dexterity in using the gold pan and keeping a sharp eye out. Patience is very important as you might spend a long time with no results, but when you do get results the satisfaction will be marvelous.

First, fill the pan with about three quarters gravel. Then submerge it just under the water surface. Give the pan a few shakes from side to side but not to violently. You don’t want to wash material out of the pan just yet.

Then change from the shaking motion to a circular motion swirling the material around in the pan in a circle. This will get most of the dirt and clay to dissolve in the water and make it easier to wash out of the pan. If you find any roots, moss or other debris just pick them over with your fingers to break up any lumps. Often gold can be found clinging to bits of moss and roots or twigs even in the dirt attached to them. So you want to gently dissolve the dirt and clean the debris you find.