Börse Frankfurt Precious Metals Handbook: a comprehensive guide for private investors

News Arnulf Hinkel, financial journalist – 28.01.2019

What sets precious metals apart from other asset classes? How does the addition of precious metals affect my portfolio? Does it make sense for me to invest in precious metals? And if so, which one to choose? What are the existing investment forms for precious metals – and which is the right one for me? The Börse Frankfurt Precious Metals Handbook, which has just been released, answers all these questions in detail, but at only 84 pages, it is compact enough to quickly and efficiently expand readers’ investment know-how, both of private investors who already own precious metals and those still pondering an investment. 

Background knowledge and comparative matrix for investors

As the most popular precious metal investment, gold unsurprisingly holds a unique position in the handbook; in addition to information on deposits, extraction, quality standards, regulatory requirements as well as taxation aspects, relevant studies on gold as an investment are also featured in the handbook. For all precious metals listed, the full range of investment opportunities, including their specific advantages and disadvantages, are comprehensively covered – from direct investments in the form of bullions, coins or jewellery to physically backed gold securities such as ETCs, to derivatives such as CFDs or leverage certificates, as well as investments in mining companies via company shares or index funds. A clear overview of the different investment forms is presented in matrix form.

Comparison of advantages and disadvantages 

One of the declared aims of the Precious Metals Handbook is to make investments in gold, silver, platinum or palladium as transparent as possible. Consequently, all general advantages of the asset class are also compared with the fundamental disadvantages – as are the investment opportunities and risks – to enable investors to make an educated investment decision.

The handbook can be ordered in printed form via e-mail or downloaded here as a PDF file

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