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What is the price of gold?
Gold is bought and sold in a wide range of forms, quality, delivery locations, forward time conditions and types of transactional exchanges, producing very different prices at any one time. Most common gold price reporting is for commercially standard, pure .999 fine bullion bars in kilogram or larger bar sizes. Commodity exchanges like the COMEX report previous transaction prices to the public on a 5-15 minute delayed basis. Actually, Current Gold Prices are the two price levels where traders are most actively making a market, which represent where those are willing to buy versus sell. The best value for a Current Price of Gold is the nominal price between those prices on an active high volume marketplace for immediate delivery, which is most commonly referred to as the spot price of gold. Gold prices are recorded over time as comparison, and charted to suggest trends and overextended price moves. Besides the current gold price, how it compares to a previous day’s final price and average of previous spot prices are frequently monitored.

What gold price charts does Monex produce?
The gold price charts above feature Monex Spot Gold Prices per ounce, which represent the midpoint between Monex bid and ask prices per ounce, for pure (minimum .999 fine) bullion bars. The 3-Month Live chart above incorporates the latest Gold Bullion price for the current trading day, while the 6-Month Candlestick, 1-Year Close, 5-Year Close and 10-Year Close charts include the last Spot Gold price for the previous trading day. These charts are the widely accessible chart information available not only to Monex customers, but also to all websites, competitors, researchers and government officials alike. In addition, Monex is pleased to offer our customers and prospective customers a wide selection of other tools, including exclusive and customized charts not available to the general public. Located on special restricted-access pages, these additional charts and tools are available via special links which can be sent to qualified recipients in special emails sent from Monex. For access to these additional charts and tools, please call a Monex Account Representative at the phone number listed at the top of this page.


FREE Guide to Reading Gold and Silver Charts

Guide to Reading Gold and Silver ChartsThis handy guide introduces you to valuable tools you can use to identify and prioritize the opportunities in today's gold, silver and platinum markets. The E-Z Guide helps you identify the most common price chart patterns, including: Head & Shoulders formations, Gaps, Island Tops and Bottoms, Bull and Bear Flags, and more. Each section is clearly illustrated and includes explanatory text to help you understand what to look for... and what actions you should consider taking based on your analysis of price trends. To receive a copy of this free guide, call a Monex Account Representative at 1-800-444-8317


What factors influence the price of gold?
Gold's unique properties make it indispensable in a wide range of uses, such as electronics, medical applications, jewelry and gold plating. As both an industrial commodity and the world's truest money having intrinsic value, gold has three primary factors that influence its price. First, jewelry and industrial demands deviate significantly with economic cycles, as can the supply of the commodity from mining and scrap recovery. Secondly, changes in central bank ounces in reserves (government stockpiles) do play a major role, though at times more emotionally on markets than its relative magnitude would otherwise impact supply and demand. Third, and potentially the most significant factor, is the demand by private investors and investment funds at relative price levels, which is largely affected by economic issues and geopolitical uncertainty. Foremost, the desire for gold as money, call it a hedge or a store of wealth, is highly impacted by a nation's real interest rates, which is nominal rates earned less inflation. Currently, as inflation is feared to creep up in many countries, and sluggish economies imply lagging interest rates, it is largely envisioned that low or negative real interest rates will foster greater desire for gold, and thus, higher prices.

What is the spot price of gold?
Historically, “spot” was a reference to a current rather than a future/forward contract price. The common practice of the metals industry and financial publications is to report a single benchmark gold market value, which most universally is a particular day's final settlement price per ounce of the New York COMEX futures exchange's current spot month . . . “The Spot Gold Price.” Otherwise, metals dealers assess world markets to infer what they believe to be a benchmark spot gold price. If a dealer has two different spot gold prices, that suggests buying or selling spot bullion at ask and bid prices, and is not a precious metals industry commonly-used single benchmark value for price comparison purposes. It is not uncommon for e-commerce sites to represent spot prices which do not relate to common usage in order to mask their markup. Monex Spot Gold Prices have been published for fifty years, along with quoted ask and bid prices of Monex silver products, which have been an industry respected price reference. The Monex Live Spot Gold Price for its 11-hour trading day can be found at our Live Prices page and by using the Monex Bullion Investor smartphone app available for both Apple and Android smartphones.

How is the spot gold price calculated?
Most universally, Spot Gold is a nominal value for industrial quality .999 bullion relative to the day's settlement price per ounce of the current month contract on the New York COMEX futures exchange. A Spot Gold Price is calculated based on a virtual non-stop price discovery process using comparable gold vehicles and the marketplace's relational valuation. For example, if the price per ounce of the current “Spot” month is valued at ten dollars less than the COMEX December futures contact price, then at a time when the December contract trades at $1,300, it suggests that the spot gold price was $1,290 at that moment. Prices of gold bullion and gold contracts are continually bid up and down by overall buyer demand and seller supply to where buyers and sellers are willing to engage in transactions. The Monex Spot Gold Price is published on the Live Prices page and is updated throughout its 11-hour trading day. Monex shows one spot gold price at any point in time, and it is the midpoint between its ask and bid prices per ounce for gold bullion bars. Don't be fooled by a dealer saying spot gold is higher than the commonly used nominal benchmark price when you are a buyer, in order to obfuscate his markup and transactional spread.

How often do spot gold prices change?
Though gold prices can vary continuously to some extent across markets, Monex monitors marketplace activities and adjusts its Ask, Bid and Spot prices as much as 50 times or more throughout its 11-hour trading day. In active market conditions when spot gold prices can become extremely volatile, prices can change almost continuously, moving up and/or down many times in a single minute, and for hours on end. The latest spot price, with the day's high, low and change, are listed on the Live Prices page. For gold price changes on your mobile device, the Monex app is explained at www.mobilemonex.com and is available there as a free download. Spot prices may also be obtained by calling a Monex Account Representative at the phone number listed at the top of this page.

What is spot gold versus bid and ask bullion prices?
An “Ask” price is quoted by a dealer who invites an investor to buy a particular gold product, and the “Bid” is a price quoted at which the investor would sell. The amount that the Ask price is greater than the Bid price for that form of gold is the dealer's bid-ask spread. Common industry practice is to reference a “Spot Gold” price, which is a nominal benchmark that relates to the per-ounce price of the current (“Spot”) month contract on the New York COMEX Futures Exchange for bulk industrial grade pure gold bullion. To reference one price of gold, it would be the price between bullion buy/sell prices where traders are not inclined to be a buyer and seller, suggesting a fair nominal price as reference, which is broadly called the spot price of gold. As far as different forms of physical gold, certain lots may be more or sometimes less desirable than the standard industrial grade .999 fine bars, resulting in Ask and Bid prices that can be much more or far less than the nominal spot gold price. Monex lists its spot, ask and bid prices on its Live Prices page and on individual product pages, and updates these prices throughout its 11-hour trading day.

What currency are spot gold prices quoted in?
Though gold in its various forms is traded around the world and generally priced in local currency, for the most part, spot gold prices are quoted in U.S. Dollars. Obviously, it is easy to programmatically convert the U.S. Dollar spot price to a foreign currency equivalent at some assumed conversion rate. The reasons the marketplace leans toward using a U.S. Dollar figure is that the two most significant longstanding markets – the New York Commodity Exchange (NYMEX/COMEX) and the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) – both trade and are reported in terms of the U.S. Dollar.

Are spot gold prices the same all over the world?
Because gold is compact and efficient to transport relative to its value, spot gold values are generally similar in the major financial hubs of the world. However, supply and demand dynamics in a particular geographic location can make a spot gold price vary to some extent. Obviously, in remote location or controlled economies, and with potentially unreliable currency exchange factors, gold prices do not float freely. In instances where location has value importance, Spot Gold typically means the New York Spot Gold benchmark value, versus specific London Gold, Singapore Gold or Hong Kong Gold values.

How are final gold prices calculated at Monex?
The final “Closing” gold prices at Monex are the last prices quoted for its 11-hour trading day for each of the gold products it offers.

Can I buy gold from Monex at the gold spot price?
Monex does not have two ask and bid prices to reflect a spot gold price. Monex uses the common industry practice of referencing a nominal (not a quoted offer) spot price. If you are an investor who desires to purchase authentic investment grade gold in quantity at very attractive prices, please refer to the Monex Preferred bullion prices on the Monex Live Prices page. Obviously, it is not logical to buy quality investment grade .999 fine bullion at a genuine spot price, if a dealer is to be an ongoing business concern.

How much does Monex charge above the spot gold price?
Monex does not offer any gold products at a spot gold price. Monex makes a market for buying and selling, which is quoted as Ask and Bid prices. Ask prices for gold products reflect competitive marketplace conditions for a particular type of gold investment item. There are, however, charges that accompany transactions, which include buy/sell charges, shipping or storage charges depending if the customer chooses home or depository delivery. Also, a customer may choose to use financing, where there would be interest charges. Monex quotes extremely competitive Atlas Preferred Prices for gold bullion depository delivery. Monex publishes buy/sell commission charges, which depend on the size of a transaction. For greater transparency, the Monex marketplace is quoted live online on its Live Prices page or through the powerful Monex Bullion Investor smartphone app available for both Apple and Android smartphones.

Does the spot gold price include dealer markup or shipping costs?
The true spot gold price is merely a benchmark per-ounce price for gold, not a price for a particular product, and is a reference price associated with the present month of the COMEX futures contract. In fact, a genuine spot gold price is not truly a quote at all, because it is not where dealers offer to buy or sell, which are their ask and bid prices. The Monex Ask Price for a particular gold product, be it gold bullion bars or bullion coins, is typically higher than the spot gold price.

Are dealer premiums a fixed amount or percentage over the spot price of gold?
Metals dealers compete in the marketplace providing different levels of business services, offering a wide variety of bullion bars and coins, and they set their individual buy and sell prices for gold products to reflect competitive marketplace conditions for that particular type of gold item. Therefore, it would seem more accurate to say in practice that dealers make their markets in relation to prices of the most substantial dealers’ market prices rather than simply in relation to a spot gold price. Monex prides itself on an extremely substantial and reliable two-way, buy/sell marketplace, at highly competitive price levels that are published freely to improve market transparency. The volume of customer transactions of Monex Deposit Company has exceeded $55 billion. When comparing dealers, it makes good sense to consider both buying and selling prices, quality, reliability and the services available for the gold products you desire to acquire before you make a purchase.

Why aren’t your final prices listed on your website?
At Monex, with 50 years of experience and hundreds of thousands of customers executing over $55 billion in physical precious metals transactions, you cannot have a “one-size-fits-all” attitude. To meet the requirements of each individual customer on a specialized basis, you cannot average the offerings to try to fit all. Monex endeavors to fulfill the requirements of each customer on an efficient basis, to benefit a customer's needs and its customers' overall market pricing advantage. Since every investor is different, the final price and charges you pay will vary based on the unique details of your transaction. For example, there is no cost charged for shipping for depository delivery. Monex lists current ask and bid prices for gold products for both home and depository delivery. Your Monex Account Representative will be happy to explain what, if any, charges above the Ask price may apply to you and your transaction before you accept and confirm your purchase price.

Why is the Monex spot gold price different than other companies’ spot prices?
Monex, as America's oldest dealer specializing in a reliable two-way precious metals market, as well as its billion-dollar volume of business, enables it to offer an extremely competitive and reliable two-way buy/sell marketplace for precious metals investment transactions. Please see the Monex Atlas Preferred Prices for pricing relating to the longstanding depository delivery services it offers. Monex believes it best to offer transparent market pricing as quoted in Ask and Bid terms, and referencing its midpoint as a spot nominal price, which may be less than what other companies use as spot prices. Over the years, Monex spot prices have tracked the COMEX and NYMEX spot prices for precious metals almost perfectly. In fact, the correlation of those prices is available for review in our company brochures and on our website.

Why have gold prices been dropping in recent years?
Although most recently the gold bullion market has been on a generally positive path, gold is down significantly from its high price of over $1,800 per ounce a few years ago. You see, though the U.S. Dollar has significant fundamental weakness, and some say it will sooner or later fail altogether, it seems to be in better shape than many other troubled currencies around the globe. Furthermore, America's stock market seems to be in a bubble advancement phase, and few investors wish to exit the train until it shows signs of failure. This presents a less-bullish scenario for alternative investments such as gold and puts downward pressure on prices.

The Gold price charts above feature Monex Spot Prices per ounce, which represent the midpoint between Monex bid and ask prices per ounce, for pure (minimum .995 fine) Gold Bullion bars, currently available from Monex in units of either one 10-ounce ingot or one 32.15-ounce bullion bar, commonly known as a “kilobar.” The 3-Month Live chart above incorporates the latest Gold Bullion price for the current trading day, while the 6-Month Candlestick, 1-Year Close, 5-Year Close and 10-Year Close charts incorporate the last Gold Bullion price for the previous trading day. But these charts are by no means the only chart information available from Monex.

Monex is pleased to offer our customers and prospective customers a wide selection of additional tools, including exclusive and customized charts that are not available to the general public. Located on restricted-access pages on the Monex website, these additional charts and tools are available via special links which will be sent to qualified recipients in special emails sent from Monex. Please call a Monex Account Representative at the phone number listed at the top of this page to request access to these additional charts and tools.


FREE Guide to Reading Gold and Silver Charts

Guide to Reading Gold and Silver ChartsThis handy guide introduces you to valuable tools you can use to identify and prioritize the opportunities in today's gold, silver and platinum markets. The E-Z Guide helps you identify the most common price chart patterns, including: Head & Shoulders formations, Gaps, Island Tops and Bottoms, Bull and Bear Flags, and more. Each section is clearly illustrated and includes explanatory text to help you understand what to look for... and what actions you should consider taking based on your analysis of price trends. To receive a copy of this free guide, call a Monex Account Representative at 1-800-444-8317

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