James Cook - April 7th, 2022

When Is the Best Time to Invest in Precious Metals?

Handful of gold and silver coins

Did you know that the precious metals industry was worth more than 182 billion USD in 2019 and has only grown since then? Precious metals like gold and silver have always been popular investments, but if you don't know the best time to invest in precious metals, you might actually end up losing out on your investment. What many people (especially new investors) don't know is that there is a particular time of the year when you can get the best deals on gold, silver, and other precious metals.

 Keep reading more below and learn more about the best time to invest in precious metals and why you should invest in these metals in the first place.

Why You Should Invest in Precious Metals

When it comes to the reasons to invest in precious metals, there are many. Gold tends to be more popular of an investment than silver, but they can both make very good investments in the long run. People favor gold the most because it is a hedge against inflation.

 So, whenever the economy is going through an economic crisis, the price of gold tends to stay the same. For that reason, whenever the economy starts to fluctuate, you might notice that a lot of people are starting to buy up gold on the stock market. Silver also has this effect, although to a lesser extent.

 The price of silver tends to be a bit more volatile than the price of gold. This is because silver is often used in various industries, usually to make electronic devices. One of the big benefits of investing in precious metals is that you can invest in them in many different forms.

 For example, you don't necessarily have to invest in physical gold or silver. You can also invest in precious metal ETFs or mutual funds. With these, you might actually be investing in gold certificates, gold mines, and gold companies.

 However, digital forms of gold and silver do not act as hedges against inflation. Only physical precious metals have this property. For that reason, if you want to make sure you make back the money you spent on your investment in the long term, it may be best to stick with physical metals.

 More than that, it's easy to store (and hard to lose) physical precious metals. All you need is a drawer, a safe, or a room to store your coins or bars in. As long as the metals are in a safe place, you shouldn't have to worry about them.

Holding a silver bar

A Golden State Mint 5 oz Silver Bar we gave away back in 2018 on Facebook.

When Is the Best Time to Invest in Precious Metals?

If you decide to invest in precious metals whenever you feel like it rather than really considering when to invest in precious metals, you might end up losing out on your investment. Or, you might have to wait an even longer period of time to get your money back and then some. Even though gold and silver are hedges against inflation and are very stable overall, their prices are never completely still.

 For that reason, in order to maximize your returns, you will need to consider the best time to invest in precious metals. If you look at a graph that goes back to 1975 (which was when you could buy gold legally in the United States) and spans to current times, you will see a trend. You will notice that in January and February, the price of gold seems to increase.

 On the other hand, in spring, specifically March and April, the price tends to drop again. Keep in mind that on this sort of graph the price of gold will not usually go back to the low of the previous year due to inflation. However, during the spring, gold tends to reach its yearly low for that particular year.

 If you look at the same graph but with silver instead of gold, you will find somewhat similar results. However, the graph of silver may not be as predictable because the price of silver tends to fluctuate more than gold. Even so, silver's price tends to drop around March as well, although it also tends to drop in June.

 For both silver and gold, buying in early January or late December may also be a good idea. Keep this in mind before you put your money into any precious metal investments.

How to Invest in Precious Metals

Knowing when to invest in precious metals may be easy once you know the answer, but how to invest in precious metals can be difficult if you've never done it before. Of course, the classic way is to invest in precious metals on the stock market. However, thanks to the internet, you can also buy gold, silver, and other metals from reputable online sites.

 Keep in mind that the sites you buy from should be reputable, otherwise, you might end up getting scammed out of your money. Many good online sites sell all sorts of precious metals from gold coins and bars to silver rounds and more. No matter what kind of precious metal you want to add to your investment portfolio or collection, there are plenty of options to choose from when you buy online.

 The process is very easy as well. Most precious metal websites will have an organized selection so you won't have any trouble buying what kind of metal you want.

3/4 oz Howling Wolf Silver Coin

A unique 3/4 troy oz Silver "Howling Wolf" made by the Royal Canadian Mint.

The Best Time to Buy Precious Metals

Most people don't know that there is a certain time of year in which you should invest in precious metals. By opting to buy all year along, you will be able to buy gold and silver at this year’s average price approximately. By keeping this in mind and dollar cost averaging your investment, you'll be able to maximize your dollar.

 To learn more about investing in precious metals, contact us here.

Palladium 1 gram bars

Relatively rare precious metal called Palladium.

This is in no way to be considered investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Asset allocation and diversification do not ensure a profit or guarantee against a loss. Keep in mind that any form of investing involves risk and you should always consult with your financial advisor before making any financial decisions. Investor Crate, LLC., it's subsidiaries and staff will never advise you on any asset as our aim is to provide a fun and affordable service should you decide to purchase Precious Metals.

Keep in mind that investing involves risk. The value of your investment will fluctuate over time, and you may gain or lose money.

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  • Andrew J McGillivraySep 05, 2022

    Anytime is a good time

  • Kenneth KerleySep 05, 2022

    I believe this route is the best way to go to invest your future in.

  • AnonymousSep 01, 2022

    So you’re saying the best time to invest in precious metals is when the economy is fluctuating.

  • AnonymousSep 01, 2022

    I don’t think there’s any bad time to invest.

  • Deborah CSep 01, 2022

    My husband and I invested in gold when we first got married but unfortunately had to cash out due to family emergency about 10 years later. I have always wondered where the value would have gone to if we hadn’t.

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