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Sovereign Gold Bonds – I’ll Pass


wealthymattersThe first I heard of the Sovereign Gold Bonds was on Dhanteras day when my bank tried to get me to purchase some of them.At the time , I was on my way out shopping  and my first thought was: Do I really want to postpone my gold purchases for a year to earn an additional 275 rupees per Rs10,000/-?Yaar, I could haggle with the jeweller and easily get that much and more off my purchases. And then, I love wearing jewellery.Do I want to give up on that pleasure and experience, multiple times a year, for as little as 275 rupees? That too in the days when one simple restaurant meal, or a taxi ride might cost that much and more? The answer then was an easy “NO”.

Later, I was to learn worse about these bonds. They are priced higher than the price of physical gold on the street. So there goes any notional interest a person might have earned! Read more of this post

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Collecting Gemstones


wealthymatters.comCollecting gemstones is a fantastic hobby.Observing the play of light in gems and taking in their myrid hues is really very soothing.It is astonishing just how beautiful some of nature’s creations can be.Gem collecting is a hobby almost anyone can indulge in for all gemstones are not expensive.In fact many semi-precious stones cost just a few  rupees.

Gemstones selected carefully and bought at the source at wholesale prices and held passively for a couple of decades can be reasonably good investments. They definitely keep up with inflation.

Gemstones are collected for their beauty.So taking your time to select the most beautiful stones is essential.Also it’s important to read up on the different ways in which natural gemstones are treated.Read up on whether treatments affect their desirability for other collectors.By paying a little attention to other people’s preferences while still buying gemstones you find beautiful will ensure a greater liquidity in future.Avoid paying retail rates unless the stone is extraordinary and even then bargain.Otherwise you are unlikely to ever recover the money you sink into your collection.The average jeweler will sell you a stone for two or three times what he paid for it wholesale and he’ll buy a stone from you for half of wholesale.

If collecting loose gemstones is not so interesting maybe you can buy gemstones on wholesale and have them fashioned into jewellery? This is another way of investing in gemstones.If you can handle the cost and quality control issues you can acquire beautiful jewellery at a fraction of retail prices. Read more of this post

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