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An investment in precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum can stabilize your investment portfolio during times of economic uncertainty. It is also possible to earn high returns with investing in precious metals if you time your purchases correctly. Even if you buy when prices are high, purchasing silver bullion or gold bars will probably provide you with substantial profits in the long-term.


Traditionally, gold has been seen as a safe haven investment. When the economy slows or when the political situation is uncertain, investors turn to this precious metal. The value of gold is determined by the market 24 hours a day, nearly seven days a week.

Several factors account for an increased desire to hoard the yellow metal:

Systemic Financial Concerns: When banks and money are perceived as unstable and/or political stability is questionable, gold has often been sought as a safe store of value. 

Inflation: When real rates of return in the equity, bond or real estate markets are negative, people regularly flock to gold as an asset that will maintain its value. 

War or Political Crises: War and political upheaval have always sent people into gold-hoarding mode. An entire lifetime's worth of savings can be made portable and stored until it needs to be traded for foodstuffs, shelter or safe passage to a less dangerous destination. 


Unlike gold, the price of silver swings between its perceived role as a store of value and its very tangible role as an industrial metal. For this reason, price fluctuations in the silver market are more volatile than gold.


Like gold and silver, platinum is traded around the clock on global commodities markets. It tends to fetch a higher price than gold during routine periods of market and political stability, simply because it's much rarer; far less of the metal is actually pulled from the ground annually.

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