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How to Profit in Gold: Professional Tips and Strategies for Today's Ultimate Safe Haven Investment Hardcover – 1 Sep 2010


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The time is always right to invest in gold, but today's economy has made this precious metal an ever more essential element in a properly allocated portfolio, as well as a particularly good commodity for long trading. Product manager for precious metals at Barclays Capital, Jonathan Spall provides a comprehensive overview of the subject and answers all the questions pertaining to investing in gold, including:

  • Who are the major market makers?
  • How and where is gold traded?
  • Why are central banks committed holders of gold?
  • How is interest on gold calculated?
  • Which factors most affect price fl uctuations?
  • How does the gold option market work?
  • Should you invest in physical gold, ETFs, futures, or mining shares?

You'll also learn all the terminology regarding gold trading, plus you'll get key information about the gold exchanges around the globe. With How to Profit in Gold, you will be on solid ground to correctly interpret the market and make the best investment decisions for your situation.

About the Author

Jonathan Spall has worked for Barclays Capital for six years. As the product manager for precious metals, he is responsible for commodity relationships with central banks and governments on a global basis. He spent ten years at Deutsche Bank, most recently as a London-based director with responsibility for offi cial sector marketing(commodities) and head of metals marketing (Europe/Africa). Spall earlier worked for Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong and Australia as head of metals.

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This Book is the Gold Standard 3 Mar 2011
By Steve Amoia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
William Shakespeare wrote a famous quote about gold in "The Merchant of Venice." His character of Morocco said, "All that glisters is not gold." If you would like to learn more about this glistering precious metal and how to make it a part of your investment portfolio, this book will make an excellent introduction.

Common-Sense Approach

Given its title, this is not a history book. The author, Jonathan Spall, reinforced this notion in the Preface:

"This book contains very little about the history of gold. Instead, it is much more about how professional traders operate and types of factors that influence their decision making."

Format Encourages Learning

There are ten mostly concise chapters accompanied by five intriguing appendices with a detailed index. The length of the book is 210 pages. I believe that was an adequate length for the book's target audience. The author's writing style is educational, informative and friendly. Such a narrative style makes the topic easier to digest for readers without significant investment and/or precious metals knowledge. Mr. Spall doesn't load this book with numerous charts and tables; however, those included contain eye-opening data. For example, I was surprised to learn that Italy was ranked higher than China in gold holdings, and that gold ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) were the sixth largest global holders.

One feature that I liked was the detailed glossary (Did you know that the Latin name for gold is "aurum" and it is called "kam" in Chinese?) and the generous frequently asked questions (FAQs) sections. Both enabled the author to share his vast expertise with the reader. Having these items in separate appendices, instead of sprinkled throughout the book, provided an organized time-saving reference source.

Textbook Quality With Doses of Humor

This book would make a useful and compelling text for a college-level course about precious metals. But the author's wit and humor help to make a technical book quite down-to-earth. For example, to illustrate how different cultures view gold purchases, Mr. Spall discussed the process of selecting wedding rings for himself and his wife in the bustling marketplace of Hong Kong:

"For my (now) wife, there was no problem as they had a ring that fit. Unfortunately they were going to have to make one for me; no problem. 'Do you want today's metal price, or do you want it on the day that you pick it up?' Not the type of question that is asked at Tiffany's! Being a little bullish, I opted for the former. Right choice as it rallied $5 over the next seven days."

Shakespeare may have been right, but "How to Profit in Gold" is a book you should judge by its cover of gold coins and bullion. Its contents will not disappoint you.

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A McGraw-Hill representative provided me with a complimentary review copy of this book. I was not monetarily compensated for the review by any party that would benefit from a positive analysis.
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