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What Types of Real Estate?

Real estate is the property, land, buildings, air rights above the land and underground rights below the land. The term real estate means real, or physical, property. “Real” comes from the Latin root res or things. … The U.S. Constitution initially restricted voting rights to only owners of real estate.

There are four types of real estate:

  • Residential real estate: These includes both new construction and resale homes. …
  • Commercial real estate: These includes shopping centres and strip malls, medical and educational buildings, hotels and offices. …
  • Industrial real estate: …
  • Land:

 

House flipping means buying a house, increasing its value and making a profit on it, essentially buying low and selling high. There are two ways to do this: you can either make repairs, upgrade the decor and furnishings, or you can wait until the housing market increases by a certain percentage to recoup your money.

What is the 70 rule in house flipping?

The 70 per cent rule states that an investor should pay 70 per cent of the ARV of a property minus the repairs needed. The ARV is the after repaired value and is what a home is worth after it is fully repaired.21 Aug 2019

 

Is land considered real estate?

Land primarily refers to the surface of the ground and all-natural objects within it or on top of it. … Real estate is land and any additions and improvements, such as buildings, sewers, sidewalks, and anything else considered permanently attached to the land.

 

Commercial real estate is any non-residential property used for commercial profit-making purposes. Commercial real estate includes stores, malls, office buildings, and industrial parks.6 Jun 2019

What is considered industrial real estate?

Industrial real estate includes : All land and buildings either utilized or suited for industrial activities. Such activities are defined as: Production, Manufacturing, Assembly, Warehousing, Research, Light Storage, Distribution and some related Office requirements of tangible goods rather than service-related users.

 

What is the difference between commercial and industrial real estate?

Commercial Real Estate primarily refers to buildings or land intended to generate profit: industrial and retail are merely sub-categories of commercial real estate. Industrial property is a property used for actual manufacturing and can be considered as a factory or a plant.

 

Renting out property

 

Buy-to-let is a British phrase referring to the purchase of a property specifically to let out, that is to rent it out. A buy-to-let mortgage is a mortgage loan specifically designed for this purpose.

 

buy to let property (sometimes referred to as ‘buy to rent‘ or ‘BTL') is a type of property investment, in which the investor becomes a landlord and rents out the property for profit. A buy to let mortgage is a loan secured against one of these properties.

 

Rent to Buy is a government scheme that was set up to help you own your first home, even if you can‘t afford a deposit at the moment. … While paying 20% less in rentyou may be able to build up a deposit to buy the property or another one after the seven years is up.27 Dec 2018

 

To avoid income taxes, you could have your self-directed IRA or 401K be the purchaser of the asset in the first place; those are tax-sheltered. Then there is the notion of “trading” property using the 1031 exchange; the 1031 exchange allows for the deferral of capital gains on property held as an investment.1

How many buy to lets can I have?

All lenders set different limits on the number of mortgages you can have with them – it depends upon their appetite for risk. Many of the mainstream buy to let lenders set a limit of around three to five mortgaged properties (or maximum borrowing amount with them, i.e. £1m).

 

How much tax will I pay on my rental income? Your rental profits are taxed at the same rates as income you receive from your business or employment – 0%, 20%, 40% or 45%, depending on which tax band the income falls into.

Carrying two mortgages at once

Buyers who have enough income can carry two mortgage payments at once if they still meet the debt-to-income ratios required by their lenders. … You, then, might be able to qualify for two mortgages at once, if your credit score and job status are also strong.29 Feb 2016

 

 

What is Airbnb stand for?

It stands for Air-bed and breakfast, or Airbnb (“Air-b-n-b“) for short. Airbnb is an online community marketplace that connects people looking to rent their homes with people who are looking for accommodations.

 

How does Airbnb workAirbnb is an online marketplace which lets people rent out their properties or spare rooms to guests. Airbnb takes 3% commission of every booking from hosts, and between 6% and 12% from guests.

The best situation is a host will be nearby but not stay at the property with you (some hosts intend to stay in the residence with you, which I find unnerving).

 

On average, hosts make $924 a month, but those numbers vary. Some hosts even buy or lease a number of apartments or homes and rent them out full time, creating what could be a six-figure income.

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Real physical gold.

This is gold that you store yourself or at a trusted vaulting company. This is gold that you can actually hold in your hands. This is the gold that is demanded at record levels by central banks around the globe.

Do You have pretend gold.

This is the domain of the bullion banks. They offer futures contracts, unallocated accounts, and ETFs…all as an alternative to the real thing and as a way of increasing the total supply of “gold” in what amounts to modern-day alchemy.

The investment world allows a physical price to be determined through the trading of the pretend alternative.

There's a demand for the real thing: physical gold.

One great story in 2019 was how the Polish central bank purchased—and then demanded immediate delivery of—about 100 metric tonnes of physical gold. The Poles are no dummies, and they apparently wanted no part of the unallocated promises from the London Bullion Market.

 

The Central bank demand for gold will exceed 670 metric tonnes in 2019. This follows what was a 50-year record demand of 641 metric tonnes in 2018. This from the World Gold Council at the end of 3rd Quarter 2019:

 

Price rose by 18% in 2019, a logical conclusion would be that this was due to strong physical demand. And that conclusion would be mostly correct.

Surging demand often leads to higher prices, price is not determined through the exchange of fiat currency for physical metal.

Price is determined through the trading of gold derivatives and futures contracts—pretend gold,

 

last year saw the global central banks demand delivery of 670 metric tonnes of physical gold, while at the same time, the global bullion banks oversaw an increase in the supply of 1024 metric tonnes of pretend gold.

  • Central Bank physical demand:21,500,000 ounces
  • Global physical mine supply:90,000,000 ounces
  • Bullion Bank pretend gold supply:78,616,600 ounces

With the price of gold rallying from $1280 to $1520 in 2019, a move of 18%, which factor had the largest impact?

Demand for physical gold or the supply of pretend gold?

all of these trends will continue in 2020, and as such, the price trends will continue, too.

  1. Central bank demand for physical gold will continue unabated as foreign currency reserves are gradually shifted from fiat currency to sound money.
  2. Institutional demand for physical gold will increase as fiat currencies are devalued and global interest rates trend lower.
  3. Personal demand for physical gold will increase as investors increase the asset allocation to our under-utilized sector.
  4. Bullion bank supply of pretends gold will increase as these banks defend their established and underwater short positions. (Keep in mind that these Bank shorts positions are not constrained by the same factors that face Spec longs. These Banks are deemed “too big to fail” and thus will always have access to enough cash to meet perceived margin requirements. Additionally, these Banks are rarely forced to actually deliver physical gold against their short positions, as the Spec longs rarely demand physical delivery.)

Expect gold (and silver) prices to continue rising. How far? The first levels to watch are $1650 for gold and $20 for silver. However, $1750 and $22 are not out of the question. This would place 2020's gains on par with 2019, and that seems about right.

The bullion bank control over the pricing scheme grows more tenuous by the month. Each ounce of physical gold that is demanded globally removes it from the over-leveraged hands of the Banks. So keep the pressure on in 2020. Buy gold and demand immediate delivery. And then let's see if we can finally begin to see prices reflect true physical gold demand and not fabricated pretend gold supply.

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Forex Trading Indicators

The following post is a glossary of forex trading indicators.  So ofter we hear abbreviations and these can be misleading as so many abbreviations can stand for so many different things.

Price Action

Price action is the movement of a security's price plotted over time. Price action forms the basis for all technical analysis of a stock, commodity or other asset charts. Many short-term traders rely exclusively on price action and the formations and trends extrapolated from it to make trading decisions.

 

Price action describes the characteristics of a security's price movements.  In simple terms, price action is a trading technique that allows a trader to read the market and make subjective trading decisions based on the recent and actual price movements, rather than relying solely on technical indicators

In simple terms, price action is a trading technique that allows a trader to read the market and make subjective trading decisions based on the recent and actual price movements, rather than relying solely on technical indicators.

Trading Indicators

Technical indicators are heuristic or mathematical calculations based on the price, volume, or open interest of a security or contract used by traders who follow technical analysis. … Examples of common technical indicators include the Relative Strength Index, Money Flow Index, Stochastic, MACD and Dillinger Bands

 

A heuristic technique, or a heuristic for short, is an approach to problem solving or self-discovery that employs a practical method that is not guaranteed to be optimal, perfect or rational, but which is nevertheless sufficient for reaching an immediate, short-term goal.

Indicators are the cornerstones of technical analysis and play an important role in giving and confirming entry and exit signals in stock trading systems.

Leading Indicators are indicators that lead to price movement. In other words, they indicate the probability of a trend reversal in advance.

Exponential Moving Average or EMA

A moving average is a technical analysis indicator. The EMA indicator is very popular in forex trading. The indicator was developed to counter the lagging weakness of the SMA indicator by weighting more recent prices more heavily. Its origins are unknown, but its use was designed to smooth out the effects of price volatility and create a clearer picture of changing price trends 

Simple Moving Average or SMA

The SMA is a technical indicator for determining if an asset price will continue or reverse a bull or bear trend. The SMA is calculated as the arithmetic average of an asset's price over some period. The SMA can be enhanced as an exponential moving average (EMA) that more heavily weights recent price action.

The moving average is calculated by adding a stock's prices over a certain period and dividing the sum by the total number of periods. For example, a trader wants to calculate the SMA for stock ABC by looking at the high of the day over five periods.

 


SMA and EMA are calculated differently. The calculation makes the EMA quicker to react to price changes and the SMA react slower. That is the main difference between the two. … Many shorter-term traders use EMAs because they want to be alerted as soon as the price is moving the other way

Hull Moving Average or HMA


Of all the moving averages the SMA lags price the most. The Exponential and Weighted Moving Averages were developed to address this lag by placing more emphasis on more recent data. The Hull Moving Average (HMA), developed by Alan Hull, is an extremely fast and smooth moving average.

Popular Momentum Indicators

Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD is a trend-following momentum indicator that shows the relationship between two moving averages of a security's price. The MACD is calculated by subtracting the 26-period Exponential Moving Average (EMA) from the 12-period EMA

Relative Strenght Index or RSI

The relative strength index (RSI) is a momentum indicator that measures the magnitude of recent price changes to evaluate overbought or oversold conditions in the price of a stock or other asset. The RSI is displayed as an oscillator (a line graph that moves between two extremes) and can have a reading from 0 to 100

Volatility indicators are technical indicators. … Volatility indicators are a special form of technical indicators. They measure how far an asset strays from its mean directional value. This might sound complicated but it simple: When an asset has high volatility, it strays far from its average direction.

 

An oscillator is a technical analysis tool. A technical analyst bands an oscillator between two extreme values and then builds a trend indicator with the results. The analysts then use the trend indicator to discover short-term overbought or oversold conditions.

 

The SMA is a technical indicator for determining if an asset price will continue or reverse a bull or bear trend. The SMA is calculated as the arithmetic average of an asset's price over some period. The SMA can be enhanced as an exponential moving average (EMA) that more heavily weights recent price action.

Rate of Change or ROC

ROC – indicator for MetaTrader 4 is a Metatrader 4 (MT4) indicator and the essence of the forex indicator is to transform the accumulated history data. ROC – indicator for MetaTrader 4 provides for an opportunity to detect various peculiarities and patterns in price dynamics which are invisible to the naked eye.

 

Commodity Channel Index or CCI

The commodity channel index is an oscillator originally introduced by Donald Lambert in 1980. Since its introduction, the indicator has grown in popularity and is now a very common tool for traders in identifying cyclical trends not only in commodities but also equities and currencies

What are the best leading indicators?

The relative strength index (RSI) is a technical indicator used in the analysis of financial markets. … The RSI is most typically used on a 14-day time frame, measured on a scale from 0 to 100, with high and low levels marked at 70 and 30, respectively. 

 Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD)

Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) is a trend-following momentum indicator that shows the relationship between two moving averages of a security's price. The MACD is calculated by subtracting the 26-period Exponential Moving Average (EMA) from the 12-period EMA

Parabolic Stop and Reverse (SAR)

parabolic SAR (parabolic stop and reverse) is a method devised by J. Welles Wilder, Jr., to find potential reversals in the market price direction of traded goods such as securities or currency exchanges such as forex. Stochastic.

Stochastic refers to a randomly determined process. The word first appeared in English to describe a mathematical object called a stochastic process, but now in mathematics, the terms stochastic process and random process are considered interchangeable.

Average Directional Index (ADX)

The average directional index (ADX) is a technical analysis indicator used by some traders to determine the strength of a trend. The trend can be either up or down, and this is shown by two accompanying indicators, the Negative Directional Indicator (-DI) and the Positive Directional Indicator (+DI)

Ichimoku Cloud.

The Ichimoku Cloud is a collection of technical indicators that show support and resistance levels, as well as momentum and trend direction. It does this by taking multiple averages and plotting them on the chart

Dillinger Bands.

Dillinger Bands is a technical analysis tool developed by John Dillinger. There are three lines that compose Dillinger Bands: A simple moving average (middle band) and an upper and lower band. The upper and lower bands are typically 2 standard deviations +/- from a 20-day simple moving average but can be modified

 

Whether you are a fundamental trader or a technical trader I hope that the information above helps to explain the different indicators available so that you can decide what type of trading you wish to follow.

Please comment or leave a question and I will do my best to answer

 

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Buy Gold Invest Gold

Real physical gold.

This is gold that you store yourself or at a trusted vaulting company. This is gold that you can actually hold in your hands. This is the gold that is demanded at record levels by central banks around the globe.

gold-coins

Pretend Gold

This is the domain of the bullion banks. They offer futures contracts, unallocated accounts, and ETFs…all as an alternative to the real thing and as a way of increasing the total supply of “gold” in what amounts to modern-day alchemy.

 

What are Futures Contracts

futures contract

A precious metals futures contract is a legally binding agreement for delivery of gold or silver at an agreed-upon price in the future. A futures exchange standardizes the contracts as to the quantity, quality, time, and place of delivery. … The great majority of futures contracts are offset before the delivery date.

Unallocated Gold

Unallocated-gold

 

is a bookkeeping device by which a bank or other enterprise provides you with notional gold. The gold is a liability to you on their balance sheet. It is synonymous with gold ‘accounts' and its holders are unsecured creditors.

Gold ETFs

Gold-ETFs

A gold ETF, or exchange-traded fund, is a commodity ETF that consists of only one principal asset: gold. Exchange-traded funds act like individual stocks, and they trade on an exchange in the same manner. However, the fund itself holds gold derivative contracts that are backed by gold.  Gold ETFs are a convenient, liquid way for individual investors to buy and hold gold.


The investment world allows a physical price to be determined through the trading of the pretend alternative.there's demand for the real thing: physical gold.

One great story in 2019 was how the Polish central bank purchased—and then demanded immediate delivery of—about 100 metric tonnes of physical gold. The Poles are no dummies, and they apparently wanted no part of the unallocated promises from the London Bullion Market.

Central bank demand for gold will exceed 670 metric tonnes in 2019. This follows what was a 50-year record demand of 641 metric tonnes in 2018. This from the World Gold Council at the end of 3rd Quarter 2019:  Price rose by 18% in 2019, a logical conclusion would be that this was due to strong physical demand,  that conclusion would be mostly correct.

Surging demand often leads to higher prices, price is not determined through the exchange of fiat currency for physical metal.  Price is determined through the trading of gold derivatives and futures contracts—pretend gold,

Last year saw the global central banks demand delivery of 670 metric tonnes of physical gold, while at the same time, the global bullion banks oversaw an increase in the supply of 1024 metric tonne gold.

 

  • Central Bank physical demand: 21,500,000 ounces
  • Global physical mine supply: 90,000,000 ounces
  • Bullion Bank pretend gold supply: 78,616,600 ounces

With the price of gold rallying from $1280 to $1520 in 2019, a move of 18%, which factor had the largest impact?

Demand for physical gold or the supply of pretend gold? all of these trends will continue in 2020, and as such, the price trends will continue, too.

 

  1. 1. Central bank demand for physical gold will continue unabated as foreign currency reserves are gradually shifted from fiat currency to sound money.
  2. 2. Institutional demand for physical gold will increase as fiat currencies are devalued and global interest rates trend lower.
  3. 3. Personal demand for physical gold will increase as investors increase the asset allocation to our under-utilized sector.
  4. 4. Bullion bank supply of pretends gold will increase as these banks defend their established and underwater short positions. (Keep in mind that these Bank shorts positions are not constrained by the same factors that face Spec longs. These Banks are deemed “too big to fail” and thus will always have access to enough cash to meet perceived margin requirements. Additionally, these Banks are rarely forced to actually deliver physical gold against their short positions, as the Spec longs rarely demand physical delivery.)

the-bullion-bank

The bullion bank control over the pricing scheme grows more tenuous by the month. Each ounce of physical gold that is demanded globally removes it from the over-leveraged hands of the Banks. So keep the pressure on in 2020.

The Advice of Craig Hemke from the Gold Eagle is:

” Buy gold and demand immediate delivery. And then let's see if we can finally begin to see prices reflect true physical gold demand and not fabricated pretend gold supply”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Start Investing

When asking how to start investing for beginners you should include your reason for wanting to start investing.

What has made you think that investing is a possibility?

Investments

An investment is a gamble: instead of the security of guaranteed returns, you're taking a risk with your money. The hope is that you make a lot more than you put in but there's the possibility you end up with less.

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It may be a good idea but is it something that you have researched.

You may have seen something on social media declaring that you can make a lot of money investing in any number of investment ideas but does that investment have any foundation.

Scams

So many people have had their life savings stolen from investment scams, you really do need to research any investment promotions offered to you before giving away a single penny.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

There are so many ways of investing some that may be suitable for you and some that definitely will not be.

You can invest in almost anything.

Investment-portfolio

  • Forex Market
  • Options
  • Stocks and Shares
  • Government bonds
  • UK property market
  • Businesses
  • Vintage cars
  • Wine
  • Fledgeling technology firms
  • Art, including, paintings, sculptures

How are you going to finance your investment?

Do you have a lump sum or a pension you wish to invest?

What is your time scale for wanting to receive profits from your investments?

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Checking trade direction

ALWAYS remember the five golden rules of investing:

  1. The greater the return you want, the more risk you'll usually have to accept.
  2. Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Try to diversify as much as you can to lower your risk exposure, ie, invest in different companies, industries and regions.
  3. If you're saving over the short term, it's wise not to take too much of a risk. It's recommended you invest for at least five years. If you can't, it's often best to steer clear of investing and leave your money in a savings account.
  4. Review your portfolio. A share might be a dud or you might not be willing to take as many risks as you did before. If you don't review your portfolio regularly, you could end up with a share account which loses money.
  5. Don't panic. Investments can go down as well as up. Don't be tempted to sell or buy shares just because everyone else is.

Your Circumstances

How old are you, have you finished your education or at college, are you just starting your working career.

Have you started a family and looking to invest to protect your family or to support your children through college or buying their own home.

All these questions will need answering before deciding on committing your money and then there is the question of what sort of investment have you in mind.

I personally follow the writings of Robert Kiyosaki the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad. Unfortunately, I have only come into contact with his work in the last couple of years when planning on my retirement. He writes that schools do not teach about money and finances but how to prepare for getting a job.

Robert advocates keeping 10% of your earnings to invest for your future. 10% may be a lot to some people. I remember my father informing me when I first went out to work, 1/3 for board and keep, 1/3 for me and 1/3 for savings. It worked whilst I was living at home, but as soon as I moved out when I got married, everything went into the household kitty.

What goes around comes around. I am now semi-retired and with my pension pot decided I wanted to invest. So I was where you are now.

Invest in yourself First

As I said earlier, there are so many ways to invest your money but you need to educate yourself first. You need to invest in yourself first by researching what is available and then sign up to learn all there is to know in the field of investment you are interested in. You can earn while you learn but just be careful you do not lose all your money before you have mastered the basics.

How much should I set aside to put in?

Too many people think you need to have a load of cash to be able to invest in the stock market – you don't, and many smaller investors who ‘drip-feed' in small sums on a regular basis can do much better than those who simply dump a big lump sum into the market.

You should never invest more than you can afford to lose. In the event of a stock market crash, you could face losing a huge chunk of your wealth if you have too much of your money invested. Many financial advisers would suggest you invest for at least five years.

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If you have little savings and are heavily indebted, gambling on stock markets could be bad for your financial health. However, If you've built up a nest-egg and are fed up with low savings rates, the stock market could be a decent way to try to earn bigger returns.

Many fund managers allow you to invest a regular small monthly sum which will help build up a larger sum over time, as well as being more manageable for your finances).

My own experience

The areas of investment that I have assessed myself are Forex Trading, Options Trading, Stock Trading, Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain and Startup Investments. I am looking into physical gold. I have been into Property investment in the past, buying properties and renovating and selling on but have not looked at doing this again as I would have to buy in trades to complete the work and this cuts into the profits drastically. This is just my personal position at this time.

You can access information about forex trading, options trading, stock trading, gold trading, real estate trading in a previous post of mine at:

https://101-financial-trading-and-investing.com/financial-trading-and-investing/

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How the Rich keep their Cash

Every day I learn something new about the financial world. And Robert Kiyosaki has been helping me understand money in a way that no one ever has before.

Many people wonder how the rich keep getting richer while everyone else is financially stagnant…

Today, Robert teaches us how they’re keeping it up by using tax codes in their favor.

Let’s get started…

A report published in The New York Times last month detailed how Trump’s core businesses of casinos, hotels and apartment buildings had lost $1.17 billion over a decade, allowing him to avoid paying income taxes for eight of those 10 years.

In short, the many credits and breaks that are found in the tax code are there precisely because the government wants you to take advantage of them. For instance, the government wants cheap housing.

Because of this, there are many tax credits for affordable housing that developers and investors can take advantage of that minimize their tax liability, put more money in their pocket and in turn create affordable housing.

Everyone wins.

There are many scenarios like this in the tax code that incentivize investors and entrepreneurs to do activities the government is looking for while rewarding those who take those actions with lower or zero-tax burden.

Because of this, limiting your tax liability actually means you’re doing what the government wants you to do through the tax code. And that is the most patriotic thing you can do.

For more information on keeping your money you cannot go wrong but to research what Robert Kiyosaki has to say on the matter

 

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How to invest in physical gold

 

Gold bullion should be viewed as an essential part of everybody’s investment portfolio.

For myself, one of my mentors and investment guru's, Robert Kiyosaki Editor, Rich Dad Poor Dad advises gold, real estate and oil.

I choose a network of investment professionals to guide me in my investment decisions.

There are many ways to invest in gold:

You can buy gold directly in the form of bullion or coins.

You may also purchase stock in a company that produces gold.

You could buy gold futures or gold options

You may decide to invest in a gold ETF

However, for this post I am going to discuss ‘how to invest in physical gold' and so you would buy gold directly in the form of bullion or coins.

 

Your next question should be when is the best times to buy gold? and historically this has been the beginning of January, early April or early July.

Where to buy physical gold

It is possible to buy physical gold from a coin shop located close to your main town which can be convenient. You must do your research as to the purity of the gold before making a transaction but that’s also where you will pay the highest premiums. You should also consider the safety of walking around with gold on your person.

Do you wish to buy your gold over the phone or would you prefer to buy online with a company specialising in buying and selling gold bullion and gold coins who has built a strong track record of honesty and reliability.

 

Questions you need answering is

How to fund your account?

This will depend on the company you choose to deal with. More often than not you would fund your account by a check, bank wire or ACH transfer.

What is the minimum investment?

Again this depends on the company you deal with. Some companies state no minmum purchase required or offer $100 to open your account and regular monthly subscriptions to purchase 1oz gold bars

Will you be charged Sales Tax?

If you are a United States citizen, depending on your state of residence, it is your obligation to report and pay sales tax on any metal you purchase for delivery. You may also be responsible for taxes on any realized gains made in your positions, depending on the type of account you’ve chosen.

Will you pay VAT?

VAT is not applicable for metal going into storage or delivered to a US address. However, if you have your metals delivered to an overseas address, VAT may apply, depending on local laws and the storage location your order was sent from. Be sure to consult local tax laws before taking delivery.

Storing your precious gold

  1. Keeping it at home
  2. Bank safety deposit box
  3. Third party storage firm

Keeping it at home

If you keep your gold at home where is it going to be safe?, if you hide it too well from possible intruders, will you remember where you have hidden it. A home safe is another option. One that’s built into your house and concealed is best. If you buy a safe, you should buy it with cash, and install it yourself as best you can, the fewer people know you are buying gold and storing it on your property, the better. Also you need to ensure you have the gold insured for loss.

Another problem with storing gold at home is the liquidity factor. If you choose to sell your coins or gold bars you may need to get them to a dealer to sell them and also you may need to have them refined so that the dealer can verify the gold content and all this takes time and incurs costs. You could keep a few coins at home for an emergency, but more than that and your next step is going offsite for storage.

Bank safety deposit box

Bank safety deposit box's are relatively inexpensive and come in different sizes. The bank doesn’t insure the contents of a safety deposit box, you have to buy separate insurance, which can be expensive, and it’s hard to get for precious metals in safe deposit boxes. You also have the security risk going to and from the bank.

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Bank hours are limited, as is your opportunity to get to it. However, again it is a question of liquidity and whether you can get access to the box for a quick resale. American Eagles, gold bullion coins are guaranteed by the federal government, have inherent liquidity because they are bought and sold by coin dealers, banks and commercial dealers without question.

 

Third party storage firm

Once your gold holding outgrows your safety deposit box or the amount you hold, signals it’s time to diversify, the next step is to consider the most secure storage of all: a private, precious metals vaulting facility, known as a depository.

In addition to benefiting from secure, specialised bullion vaults that are insured, you obtain good geographic and political diversification for your gold and have exceptional liquidity because you can sell your metal 24/7 and have the proceeds wired the same day to your bank account anywhere in the world.

Most Important

Investors should always ask if their investment is being held on or off of the holding company's balance sheet. If held off the company's balance sheet, investor assets are held separate and apart from those of the company, and thus, they will not get tied up in bankruptcy proceedings should the company fail.

I will be reviewing different physical gold trading companies in future posts so please bookmark this site for more in-depth information on how to buy physical gold.

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Fine Wine Investment

When looking at investing we normally think of stocks, shares, gold and real estate. However, I have recently been introduced to ‘fine wine investment' and it is this topic that I wish to discuss today.

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“It has become quite a common proverb that in wine there is truth,” 1st-century A.D. Roman scholar, Pliny the Elder.

The fine wine market – worth some $5bn-$6bn per year globally – consistently outperforms other financial instruments, making it an attractive option for a wide range of investors

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Introduction to wine

Wine has a history of over 9000 years. It is mentioned in the bible. It starts with the soil. Weather plays an important part as does the wine maker. Generations of families protecting their craft.mountain vine yard

Soil

The Ideal Soil appears to be sandy loam as the best soil type for growing grapes. This type of soil offers the best blend of characteristics.

A crumbly mix of sand, silt, and clay when blended with other soils in the right amounts offers the ideal soil type for grape growing.

It drains well but contains a moderate amount of nutritious organic matter and generally lies within the preferred pH range.

A healthy vine will take up a minimum of about 50 square feet of arbor space, and vigorous varieties or vines grown on deep, rich soil should be given 75 to 100 square feet or more.

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Climate

It is important to consider the environment before taking up grape growing. Grapes generally require a hot and dry climate where temperatures range from 60-105˚ F (15-40˚C). The climate should experience mild winters, little humidity and limited annual rainfall.

Adequate rainfall during the growing season is also important. While grapevines prefer rocky, sandy soil, they do need abundant water. Grapes like a soil pH of between 6 and 6.5, but can grow anywhere between a pH of 5 and 7.

Improve biodiversity and manage our land in a way that respects existing ecosystems where even the tiniest living organism plays a role in the cycle of life and especially that of the vine.

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What are the different grapes used to make wine

There are over 10,000 varieties of wine grapes in the world. Often, certain types of grapes are popular in certain countries.

Many of these varieties have been developed by using grafting and other methods to produce new hybrids.

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Types of Wine

  • White Wines. These being Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Moscato. …
  • Rose
  • Red Wines Merlot and Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir,
  • Sweet
  • Sparkling Wines

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Old world wine

Old world wine countries include: France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Austria, Hungary, and Germany. Also, based on the definition, countries like Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, and Moldova are also able to be considered old world wine regions too!

 

New World Wine

New World wines are those wines produced outside the traditional wine growing areas of Europe and the Middle East, in particular from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States (primarily California).

The most basic difference between Old World and New World wines is geographic: “Old World” refers to the traditional wine growing regions of Europe, while “New World” refers to everything else. … These wines are often made in a more highly extracted and oak-influenced style.

Enthusiasts have been seeking out the best wines since the invention of wine itself.

Oenophile

Oenophile a lover or connoisseur of wine.  Latin borrowed from the Greek to create a combining form that means “wine,” oeno-. Modern French speakers combined oeno- with -phile (Greek for “lover of”) to create oenophile before we adopted it from them in the mid-1800s. Oenophiles are sure to know as the science of wine making and oenologist for one versed in oenology.

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How do you get involved in fine wine investment?

The fine wine market – worth some $5bn-$6bn per year globally – consistently outperforms other financial instruments, making it an attractive option for a wide range of investors

Wine investment has existed for decades. It is no longer the sole preserve of luxury investors or high net worth individuals, and increasing numbers of people from all backgrounds are considering wine investment as a fruitful alternative to the usual commodities.

Wine investors see return on investment by capitalising on the balance of supply and demand.

Great vintages and highly sought-after bottles from the likes of Bordeaux and Burgundy are being bought all the time, decreasing supply leads to increased demand, which pushes up prices.

Those in possession of prize wines are then able to sell them on for an often very handsome profit. Investment-grade wines that come from the most esteemed winemakers in the world.

Wine tasting

A wine’s value involves a number of factors, such as the brand, vintage quality, availability and scores from critics

Seasoned collectors with a wealth of wine investment experience may be able to identify lucrative buying opportunities themselves using quantitative and qualitative analysis to determine which wines are in line for a price growth, or are currently undervalued and represent strong investment potential but many will engage the services of a trusted wine investment company

Fine wines that constitute the investment grade market are less than 1% of fine wine produced.

International banking firm Morgan Stanley has published a report on the status of the global wine market, concluding that a worldwide shortage of wine is imminent. Demand is already exceeding supply, and in 2012 the shortfall amounted to some 300 million cases.

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As I stated earlier Investing in wine is probably not the first thing you think of when you are considering an investment portfolio however, increasing numbers of people from all backgrounds are considering wine investment.

If you would like to know more about the wine in your glass before considering which wines to invest in, a brand new video documentary is shortly going to be aired and this information is free to watch if you would like to click here

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