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The Gold Market – An Industry Overview and Investment Options


What You Will Learn

  • A History of Gold.
    • A Store of Wealth and a Medium of Exchange
    • The Gold Standard
    • The Floating-Rate Currencies
  • Structure of the Gold Industry.
    • The Mining Process
    • Milling and Concentrating
    • Smelting and Refining
    • Casting and Mining
  • Gold Demand and Supply.
    • Jewellery
    • Gold Prices and Jewellery Demand
    • Industrial Demand
    • New Uses of Gold
    • Investment Demand
    • Mine Production
    • Gold Scrap and Recycling
    • Central Bank Sales
  • The case for Gold as an Investment
    • Gold as a Portfolio Diversifier
    • Mutual Funds and ETFs
    • Gold as a Hedge Against Currency Weakness
    • Gold as an Inflation Hedge
    • Gold as a Hedge Against Geopolitical Uncertainty
    • Risks and Costs of Investing in Gold
  • Gold Market Pricing and Investment Vehicles
    • Spot Gold Market Pricing
    • Forward Gold Pricing
    • Gold Investment Vehicles
    • Physical Gold
    • Individual Equities
    • Mutual Funds and ETFs
    • Commodity Futures, Futures Options and Structured Products
    • Futures and Futures Options
    • Gold-Linked Bonds and Structured Notes
  • Precious Metals Mining Company Analysis
    • Reserves
    • Main Equity Valuation Measures: Pre-Production vs. Producing
    • Pre-Production Companies
    • Currently Producing Companies
    • Net Asset Value
    • Equity Valuation Lessons Learned During the New Millenium Precious Metals Bull Market
    • Rapidly Escalating Capital and Operating Costs
    • Decline in Head Grade
    • Operating Cost Definition
Approximate Hours of Study**
Hours of Study 3 hours
Quiz Format Online
Question Format Multiple Choice
Attempts Allowed Unlimited*
Passing Grade 60%*
Enrolment Period 6 months

* IMPORTANT: There is no maximum to the number of quiz attempts permitted, but only the first passing grade (60% or over) will appear on official web transcript.

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