Since before the pandemic, demand for physical precious metals has been steadily increasing. Gold prices have appreciated significantly from around $1,250 an ounce in mid-2019 to approximately $1,900 today.
For two years now, central banks have been actively purchasing as much of these commodities as possible.
Additionally, nations and some U.S. states are investing heavily in physical precious metals to fill their coffers.
Costco has recently begun offering gold bars to their members, which have been selling out rapidly.
According to an article on CNBC, the bars often vanish within hours of being stocked.
“Costco is well-known as a place to get bargain prices on any variety of items, from food to luggage to appliances to gold bars,” the article states. “Wait, gold bars? Yes, the retail warehousing giant is your one-stop shop for 1 ounce gold PAMP Suisse Lady Fortuna Veriscan bars, handsomely detailed and ready for purchase.”
Jonathan Rose, co-founder of Genesis Gold Group, talked to CNBC about what Costco’s move means. He said:
“They’ve done their market research. I think it’s a very clever way to get their name in the news and have some great publicity. There is definitely a crossover of people living off the land, being self-sufficient, believing in your own currency. That’s the appeal to gold as a safe haven as people lose faith in the U.S. dollar.”
Genesis Gold Group confirms that individuals with wealth tied up in retirement accounts can rollover or transfer their funds into physical precious metals and keep it tax-deferred.
Genesis Gold Group specializes in self-directed IRAs backed by gold and silver. As a Christian company, they believe this is an appropriate form of financial stewardship that puts Americans’ money on the fiscal high ground.
As the CNBC article noted:
Precious metals have been on a run over the past several years. Gold has risen more than 15% over the past year and more than 55% over the past five years. With inflation still elevated, banks under the gun from a regulatory standpoint and looming issues in the commercial real estate market, the safe-haven aspect of gold and silver should be strong, Rose said.
“We know what the road map looks like: Bank failures, commercial loans defaulting at an alarming rate … they don’t seem to have a handle on inflation, and that’s why they keep raising interest rates,” he said. “The outlook for stability in the market isn’t good and people want a [tangible] asset that’s going to be a safe haven. That’s what gold and silver provide.”