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Our collection of in-depth articles offers you further information about the anatomy, structure and storage of precious metals. Find out more about OrSuisse’s unique storage offers or enhance your understanding of gold and silver investments. You can also find broader background information about precious metals and acquire very useful information about a variety of investment products, including some discussion of their advantages and disadvantages.

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OrSuisse vault storage

This section will explain everything about OrSuisse’s vault storage, which is designed to accommodate the needs of both private investors and institutional clients from all around the world. Specialist articles cover topics such as negotiable warehouse receipts, different storage concepts, and the advantages of individual storage (also known as segregated storage).

Precious metals can be traded more flexibly with negotiable warehouse receipts. According to Swiss law, they are recognised as securities and can be easily and securely transferred to a new owner – while offering guaranteed return of the original precious metals. Tradeable warehouse receipts have many advantages over other securities such as precious-metal ETFs and precious-metal accounts.

Anyone wishing to invest in gold or white metals is spoiled for choice with two different investment concepts. This article compares the two options: physical precious metal with storage at OrSuisse in Switzerland or Singapore, and tradeable warehouse receipts; or indirect investment via precious metal ETFs. What are the respective advantages and disadvantages?

When you buy silver, Switzerland levies VAT on the purchase price, thus reducing the sum you have available to invest. However, there is a perfectly legal way to avoid this scenario. To benefit from this arrangement, the silver purchase must be transferred to a bonded warehouse for storage immediately after the transaction. Read on to find out how you can arrange VAT-free storage in a duty-free warehouse without a minimum storage fee, and what considerations may apply.

Everything about gold

Physical gold is one of the most sought-after investment products. Use this section to learn more about the formats in which this valuable precious metal is usually available as well as the points you should consider before making an investment. Our articles about gold also discuss any taxes which may be applicable, storage solutions in Switzerland, and alternative gold investments.

Precious metals and other assets are best stored in a safe country where property rights are respected, and Switzerland’s tradition of direct democracy is admirably suited to this purpose. The country also enjoys a reputation for economic and political stability. Switzerland has a global financial metropolis and a long-established gold industry as well as a first-rate infrastructure.

Storing gold in a bank-independent vault in Switzerland offers various advantages. However, not all gold bars and coins can be imported free of tax. This article will help you find out which gold imports remain tax-free.

Gold is very popular as an investment product and is often used for asset diversification. However, taxes may be due on its purchase, possession and sale. This article lists the different types of taxes which can apply for Swiss residents, and provides information on regulations alongside some particular exceptions. Because there are no taxes for certain kinds of investment gold.

Investment gold can be stored outside the EU, as well as in your own home country. Gold storage outside the EU – in neutral Switzerland, for example – offers investors some attractive advantages: storage is discreet, and the economic and political risk of any expropriation of investor assets is extremely low.

Investors have the opportunity to invest in gold futures contracts. These can be effected through the Comex exchange, which is considered the world’s leading trading platform for the commodities sector. At maturity, these gold futures can then be converted into a new contract, or the physical gold can be claimed. OrSuisse offers an alternative to Futures transactions in gold.

Many of today’s investors prefer gold coins rather than gold bars. And the beautiful designs featured on these value-dense coins also appeal to collectors. Bullion coins in particular are traded on international markets. Fineness, denomination and minting quality determine their suitability. This article provides information on what to consider when buying, and how best to store your gold coins.

Physical silver and its special features

Physical silver is a versatile alternative to gold which is also popular with collectors. As an investment product, different forms of this white precious metal offer many advantages. Advanced storage solutions can also offset any potential tax disadvantages. Discover how to optimally manage and store your silver holdings.

While gold can be purchased tax-free, investors must pay statutory VAT when buying silver. But investors can legally avoid this levy: duty-free warehouses in Switzerland provide a mechanism to purchase silver ex-VAT.

In addition to gold, investors are increasingly turning to silver for security and asset diversification. Low entry costs and a broad range of options serve to support the viability of such a strategy. However, the lower value density of silver impacts the storage space required. Are home safes or bank safe deposit boxes really suitable? And what advantages does a bonded warehouse offer?

Whether acquired for building wealth, diversifying alongside other investments, or simply for assembling a collection, silver coins are popular because of their appearance and value density. Common bullion coins are recognised, accepted and traded worldwide. Their fineness, minting quality, and denominations are critical features. Discover important details about coin purchase and storage.

Learn more about precious metals

Anyone planning to buy and hold precious metals really should have a basic understanding of this topic. So, among many other things, this section informs the would-be investor about: different asset classes, how to assess and compare the value of silver investments against gold, and how the base price for precious metals is actually determined.

This article is particularly aimed at novices wishing to explore the precious metal market, and identifies what should be taken into account when purchasing and storing acquisitions. It explains the most important facts about coins and bars, and lists the key aspects to consider for each of the precious metals. You will also learn why gold is exempt from VAT, and why this tax is still levied on silver.

Gold and silver were of great importance thousands of years ago, and the gold-silver ratio is a key numeric comparator used to express their relative values. This article will explain the significance of this indicator and discuss what other factors can influence the price of gold and silver. Here is an overview.

More than 600 tons of gold and 3,000 tons of fine silver are traded daily on the London Bullion Market. The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA), which has over 135 members worldwide, is responsible for this activity. Here you can learn more about the range of tasks this important trade association undertakes in addition to its daily fixing of the gold price.

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