nvesting in gold is a great way to diversify your portfolio. Gold has been a safe haven for investors for centuries. It’s regarded as a symbol of wealth and power, and it’s not too shabby at increasing investment value either. Whether you’re looking to invest in physical gold or the latest gold ETF, this list of best books on gold will give you some insight into where to start.
Best Books on Gold: THE LIST
1. Guide to Investing in Gold and Silver | By Mike Maloney
A Guide to Investing in Gold and Silver is an updated version of the book that accurately predicted the global stock market crash of 2008, the bursting of the real estate bubble, and Ben Bernanke’s unprecedented overreaction via quantitative easing programs. First published in 2008, the book quickly became a best seller not just for its timely insight into precious metals investment but for its amazingly accurate prediction of a “roller-coaster crash” – the manipulated whipsaw between inflation, deflation, and back again. In this latest update to his book, author Michael Maloney adds his thoughts on what has played out so far, what we may be facing soon, and how gold and silver can help you transform the coming economic storm into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Gold and silver have served as the ultimate safe haven from financial chaos throughout history, and today is no exception. All the underlying fundamentals that caused the financial meltdown of 2008 have not been solved but have been magnified by the actions of the world’s central banks. The bailouts, currency creation, market manipulation, derivatives expansion, and growth of the “too big to fail” banks only guarantee that the next crisis will make the crash of 2008 look like a speed bump on the way to the main event. Never in history has the global economy stood at such a precipice, and never in history has it been more vital to understand how, why, and where to invest in gold and silver.
2. The New Case for Gold | By James Rickards
USA Today bestseller and Wall Street Journal business best-seller: The New Case for Gold.
They say John Maynard Keynes called gold a “barbarous relic.” They say there isn’t enough gold to support finance and commerce. They say the gold supply can’t increase fast enough to support world growth. They’re wrong.
In this bold manifesto, best-selling author and economic commentator James Rickards steps forward to defend gold — as both an irreplaceable store of wealth and a standard for currency. Global political instability and market volatility are on the rise. Gold, always a prudent asset to own, has become the single most important wealth preservation tool for banks and individuals alike.
Rickards draws on historical case studies, monetary theory, and personal experience as an investor to argue that:
- The next financial collapse will be exponentially bigger than the panic of 2008.
- The time will come, sooner rather than later, when there will be panic buying and only central banks, hedge funds, and other big players will be able to buy any gold at all.
- It’s not too late to prepare ourselves as a nation: There’s always enough gold for a gold standard if we specify a stable, nondeflationary price.
Providing clear instructions on how much gold to buy and where to store it, the short, provocative argument in this book will change the way you look at this “barbarous relic” forever.
3. How to Invest in Gold and Silver | By Don Durrett
Want to invest in gold and silver, but aren’t sure how? How to Invest in Gold and Silver is a practical guide for investors who are new to the emerging gold and silver markets. Written in clear layman’s terms, this forward-thinking book is packed with information to help gold and silver investors navigate an exciting, timely, and largely unexplored market. How to Invest in Gold and Silver includes: •An overview that explains the wisdom of gold and silver investments in today’s economic environment. •Indispensible information on how to manage the risk of gold and silver assets. •A step-by-step strategy to investing in bullion and coins. •Clear explanations on using ETFs (Electronic Trading Funds) and options. •The pros and cons of investing in major, mid-tier, and junior mining companies – and a how-to methodology for making informed choices for the best gains. In his pioneering work, author Don Durrett shares the details of his own systematic, successful approach to investing in gold and silver. This easy-to-follow book shows investors how to take advantage of the rising prices of precious metals using a balanced portfolio of gold and silver assets. Armed with this knowledge you will be able to invest with confidence.
4. The Power of Gold | By Peter Bernstein
“The need for realism in the reform of its monetary system is what makes Bernstein’s story of the Power of Gold so timely. It is a compelling reminder that maintaining a fixed price for gold and fixed exchange rates were difficult even in a simpler financial environment….Peter Bernstein was reluctant to project the story of gold into the future. But to me his message was clear. Yes, gold will be with us, valued not only for its intrinsic qualities but as a last refuge and store of value in turbulent times. But its days as money, as a means of payment and a fixed unit of account are gone.”
―From the New Foreword by Paul Volcker
This bestselling book reveals a record of human nature in the ubiquity of gold with a new foreword by Paul Volcker
In this exciting book, the late Peter L. Bernstein tells the story of history’s most coveted, celebrated, and inglorious asset: gold. From the ancient fascinations of Moses and Midas through the modern convulsions caused by the gold standard and its aftermath, gold has led many of its most eager and proud possessors to a bad end. And while the same cycle of obsession and desperation may reverberate in today’s fast-moving, electronically-driven markets, the role of gold in shaping human history is the striking feature of this tumultuous tale. Such is the power of gold.
Whether it is Egyptian pharaohs with depraved tastes, the luxury-mad survivors of the Black Death, the Chinese inventor of paper money, the pirates on the Spanish Main, or the hardnosed believers in the international gold standard, gold has been the supreme possession. It has been an icon for greed and an emblem of rectitude, as well as a vehicle for vanity and a badge of power that has shaped the destiny of humanity through the ages.
- Discusses the beginnings of gold as something with magical, religious, and artistic qualities and follows its trail as we progress to the invention of coinage, the transformation of gold into money, and the gold standard
- Other bestselling books by the late Peter Bernstein: Against the Gods, Capital Ideas, and Capital Ideas Evolving
- Contemplates gold from the diverse perspectives of monarchs and moneyers, potentates and politicians, men of legendary wealth, and others of more plebeian beginnings
Far more than a tale of romantic myths, daring explorations, and the history of money and power struggles, The Power of Gold suggests that the true significance of this infamous element may lie in the timeless passions it continues to evoke, and what this reveals about ourselves.
5. Why Gold? Why Now? | By E.B. Tucker
Investment industry veteran E.B. Tucker shows listeners the gold market from the inside.
This three-part book breaks gold down into must know sections:
- A Gold Market “How To” Manual: From bars to coins and everything in between Tucker walks listeners through the gold market in simple terms.
There’s a reason why the world’s elite count gold as a core asset. During periods of financial turmoil, it’s invaluable.
Gold is the only asset that’s not someone else’s liability. Apartments rely on paying tenants, stocks rely on company profits, bonds rely on stable interest payments. Gold doesn’t rely on anyone or anything for its value.
Tucker guides investors in simple terms through the ways to own gold, from physical bars to coins, and even mining stocks. He reveals his favorite method, gold royalty companies.
From a financial novice to an investment professional looking to get up to speed on the gold market, Why Gold? Why Now? is the essential guide to the world of gold.
6. All About Investing in Gold | By John Jagerson
Become a “gold bull”―for more profits and less risk!
Gold is among the best investments for meeting both long- and short-term goals―and the market has never been easier or cheaper to enter!
All About Investing in Gold walks you through the often overlooked intricacies of investing in gold with clarity and coherence you won’t find in other books. Using real-world examples and simple, jargon-free language, All About Investing in Gold illustrates how gold investing works, why gold deserves a spot in your portfolio, and how to avoid the costly pitfalls many investors fall into when buying gold.
Whether you’re new to the gold market or seeking to hone your expertise, All About Investing in Gold helps you:
- Diversify your portfolio using gold as a key asset
- Know when a gold investment is legitimate―and when it’s a scam
- Choose the best gold exchange-traded fund (ETF) and stock options for your needs
- Use technical analysis to time your market entries and exits for maximum profit
7. Stack Silver Get Gold | By Hunter Riley III
Stack Silver Get Gold is the only gold and silver investing book you’ll ever need because it’s written by a nationally recognized precious metal investing expert and Chicago Mercantile Exchange futures trader with 15 years of buying gold and silver bullion under his belt. He reveals all the tricks of the trade that most people in the gold and silver industry probably don’t want you to know.
How do you buy gold or buy silver without getting ripped off? How can you avoid having your gold and silver confiscated by the government? How do you start investing in gold and silver if you don’t have a ton of money to invest using a strategy called dollar-cost averaging? Where do you go if you want to make a huge silver and gold investment?
You’ll discover the answers to your questions above and:
- Seven types of gold and silver bullion to buy and how to sell quickly if you have to
- Eleven types of gold and silver to avoid like the plague
- Top three most secure places to store your precious metals
- How to store your gold and silver secretly in another country by setting up an offshore precious metals storage system
- How I’m personally investing in gold and silver, my exact strategy
- Exactly where/how to buy gold and silver online or locally (the actual websites/dealers I use and my personal broker who also sells gold and silver to a billionaire)
- How to add gold and silver bullion to your IRA or 401k
- Tax strategies, IRS reporting requirements, travel restrictions, and how to get around them. You need to know about FACTA, FBAR, and new financial rules concerning gold and silver.
- My best precious metals resources for all things related to buying gold and silver bullion
8. Investing in Gold & Silver For Dummies | By Paul Mladjenovic
Investing and trading in gold and silver is always a sound idea – and that goes double in a time of unusual market fluctuation. As people look for safe places to diversify their investment risk, you’ll likely see the value of your investment go up to where other stocks are vulnerable. Gold and silver saw increases in the value of 16% and 15% respectively in 2019 – putting them among the top 10 most desirable commodities out there – and are projected to experience even more of a bear market as the dollar wobbles in an uncertain post-COVID world. This year, 2020, gold and silver are set up to have their best year of price appreciation over the past 40-plus years.
Investing in Gold & Silver for Dummies explains the different complex processes and vehicles for buying gold and silver. You’ll find out the best ways to add these to your portfolio, how to balance risk and reward, and how to adapt time-tested investing plans and strategies to your goals.
You’ll learn how to: identify your goals and form a plan; buy gold and silver safely to diversify your portfolio; use ETFs and options to profit from market ups and downs; understand when a gold and silver investment is legitimate; and use technical analysis to time your market entries.
9. Precious Metals Investing For Dummies | By Paul Mladjenovic
In recent years, metals have been among the safest and most lucrative investments around, but they are not entirely risk-free. Before you begin investing or trading in metals, you need authoritative information and proven investment strategies. You need Precious Metal Investing For Dummies.
This straightforward guide eases you into the precious metals market with sound advice on trading and owning these profitable investments, including gold, silver, platinum, and uranium, as well as high-demand base metals such as zinc and copper. You’ll learn how to research their market performance and choose among an array of proven trading plans and strategies. Plus, you’ll get savvy advice on how to choose a broker, buy stocks and futures that involve metals, maximize your investment return, and minimize your risk. Discover how to:
- Evaluate the different metals
- Add metals to your portfolio
- Decide whether you’re an investor or a trader
- Identify your metal investment goals
- Weigh the risks and benefits of metals investing
- Buy physical metals
- Use technical analysis to evaluate opportunities
- Make long-term investments in precious metals
- Diversify your metals investments
- Analyze base-metals companies
- Purchase numismatic coins
- Add metals to your mutual fund or ETF portfolio
- Understand how politics affects metals prices
Metals can be an important and valuable addition to any investment portfolio or retirement plan. Make the most out of your investment with Precious Metal Investing For Dummies.
10. Gold is a Better Way | By Adam Baratta
The shocking truth about where the markets are headed and why owning physical gold — not paper assets — is a far better strategy for building real wealth.
An indispensable resource for the everyday investor, Gold Is a Better Way turns the strategies recommended by Wall Street on their head and makes the case for a return to sound investing.
Adam Baratta strips away all the confusion and complexities surrounding investing and breaks down investment concepts and the simple fundamentals driving markets. He provides a roadmap for how to win at the game of investing and, more importantly, explains the “why” so listeners can continue to win. Everyday investors gain tools that allow them to know with certainty they are making sound investment decisions, as well as an understanding of where to diversify investments that have historically performed well.
There is a massive environmental shift happening in financial markets. Interest rates are rising and what has been very easy for investors in the past is about to become very hard. Everything people think they know about investing is being turned on its head. It’s time to change investing behavior.
“A fresh new voice in the world of gold…. Baratta’s book and cutting edge platform make the undeniable case why gold demands consideration in every portfolio.” (ZeroHedge)
11. Gold | By Nathan Lewis
For most of the last three millennia, the world’s commercial centers have used one or another variant of a gold standard. It should be one of the best understood human institutions, but it’s not. It’s one of the worst understood, by both its advocates and detractors. Though it has been spurned by governments many times, this has never been due to a fault of gold to serve its duty, but because governments had other plans for their currencies beyond maintaining their stability. And so, says Nathan Lewis, there is no reason to believe that the great monetary successes of the past four centuries, and indeed the past four millennia, could not be recreated in the next four centuries. In Gold, he makes a forceful, well-documented case for a worldwide return to the gold standard.
Governments and central bankers around the world today unanimously agree on the desirability of stable money, ever more so after some monetary disaster has reduced yet another economy to smoking ruins. Lewis shows how gold provides the stability needed to foster greater prosperity and productivity throughout the world. He offers an insightful look at money in all its forms, from the seventh century B.C. to the present day, explaining in straightforward layman’s terms the effects of inflation, deflation, and floating currencies along with their effect on prices, wages, taxes, and debt. He explains how the circulation of money is regulated by central banks and, in the process, demystifies the concepts of supply, demand, and the value of the currency. And he illustrates how higher taxes diminish productivity, trade, and the stability of money. Lewis also provides an entertaining history of U.S. money and offers a sobering look at recent currency crises around the world, including the Asian monetary crisis of the late 1990s and the devastating currency devaluations in Russia, China, Mexico, and Yugoslavia.
Lewis’s ultimate conclusion is simple but powerful: gold has been adopted as money because it works. The gold standard produced decades and even centuries of stable money and economic abundance. If history is a guide, it will be done again.
12. Buy Gold and Silver Safely | By Doug Eberhardt
Most investors who buy gold and silver get ripped off and they don’t even know it. The reason why is most investors doesn’t know what questions to ask of a gold dealer. That’s why many gold dealers are able to easily rip off unsuspecting buyers of gold and silver pushing them towards high commission products. With the book “Buy Gold and Silver Safely” you will learn why gold and silver need to be a part of everyone’s basic investment strategy to counter the U.S. dollar’s glaring weaknesses and governments inability to control spending that has pushed the U.S. to be the world’s largest debtor nation. You’ll also learn how gold and silver fit into a properly diversified portfolio and what type and how much gold and silver to buy. Most importantly you’ll learn the one question to ask every gold dealer to know whether or not their recommendation is in your best interest or theirs.
13. Stress-Proof | By Mithu Storoni
Discover simple, science-based strategies for beating stress at its own game
When’s the best time to exercise – and how much is too much? Which foods fortify the brain, and which do the opposite? How can we use music, movement, and motivation to boost our rational brain and keep our cool no matter what life throws our way?
Short bursts of stress are an inevitable part of modern life. But how much is too much? Research is uncovering the delicate balance that can turn a brief stressful episode into systemic overload, eventually leading to inflammation, anxiety, depression, and other chronic health issues.
This practical and groundbreaking guide reveals seven paths to fighting the effects of stress – to strengthen our natural defenses so that our minds remain sharp, and our bodies resilient, no matter what life throws at us.
Each chapter examines a common stress agent – including inflammation, an out-of-sync body clock, cortisol levels, and emotional triggers – and presents simple ways to minimize its harmful effects with changes in diet, exercise, and other daily habits – including surprising hacks involving music, eye movements, body temperature, daily routine, and more. Translating cutting-edge scientific findings into clear and simple advice, Stress-Proof is the ultimate user’s guide for body, mind, and well-being.
14. Gold | By Matthew Hart
Since the 2008 financial crisis, the price of gold has skyrocketed – in three years, it has more than doubled from $800 an ounce to $1,900. This massive spike kicked off an unprecedented global gold-mining and exploration boom, much bigger than the Gold Rush of the 1800s.
Ingold, acclaimed author Matthew Hart takes you on an unforgettable journey around the world and through history to tell the incredible story of how gold became the world’s most precious commodity.
Beginning with a dispatch from the crime-ridden, dangerous inferno of the world’s deepest mine, Hart pulls back to survey gold’s tempestuous past. From the earliest civilizations – 6,000 years ago, when gold was an icon of sacred and kingly power – Hart tracks its evolution, through conquest, murder, and international mayhem, into the speculative casino chip that the metal has become.
On this spellbinding journey, you will witness the Spanish plunder of the New World, a century of pillage that crushed the glittering Inca empire of the Andes and transferred its staggering wealth to Europe. Hart describes each boom and bust in gold’s long story, each panic, and shock, with a masterful storytelling hand, leading up to the present day – to the London vaults that hold the multi-ton hoards of such shadowy investors as the American gold fund called “the Spider,” to the amazing, gold-rich bamboo forests of eastern Senegal, and to the piratical carnival of theft that enlivens the world’s greatest gold-producing engine: China.
With writing described by Publishers Weekly as “polished and fiery,” Hart weaves together history and cutthroat economics to reveal the human dramas that have driven our lust for the precious yellow metal.
15. Gold Warriors | By Sterlin Seagrave
In 1945, US intelligence officers in Manila discovered that the Japanese had hidden large quantities of gold bullion and other looted treasure in the Philippines. President Truman decided to recover the gold but to keep its riches secret. These, combined with Japanese treasure recovered during the US occupation, and with recovered Nazi loot, would create a worldwide American political action fund to fight communism.
This “black gold” gave Washington virtually limitless, unaccountable funds, providing an asset base to reinforce the treasuries of America’s allies, to bribe political and military leaders, and to manipulate elections in foreign countries for more than fifty years.
16. You can Find Gold with a Metal Detector | By Royal Lagal
You Can Find Gold: With a Metal Detector (Prospecting and Treasure Hunting) is a helpful and resourceful book, guiding and suggesting the reader, and ultimately helping them to achieve their final goal: to strike gold! The enthusiasm of the authors, Charles Garrett and Roy Lagal is tangible, allowing the reader to both enjoy the book as well as become excited about the prospects at hand. Reviews reinforce the author’s encouragement, as this guide has allowed many to discover the enjoyment and benefit of striking gold.
17. Walk on Earth a Stranger | By Rae Carson
Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.
Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend – who might want to be something more.
Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.
When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California – where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.
The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.
18. The Last Gold Rush…Ever! | By Charles Goyette
The Last Gold Rush…Ever! makes a powerful case that the US dollar and the global monetary system are headed for a world-changing crisis, describes the ways it will unfold, and explains why owning gold is a vital means of protecting yourself, your family, and your wealth.
If you had foreseen the financial confusion of the Carter years, or the exploding debt in the Bush years, or the Federal Reserve’s “money printing” spree during the Obama presidency, you might have profited richly from the resulting bull markets in gold and silver. But today’s governmental recklessness dwarfs each of those episodes. Add other accelerants to the dollar and debt crises – including currency and trade wars, an unaffordable military empire, and a juggernaut of domestic state socialism – now converging to fuel an era of monetary destruction that will drive gold prices to unimaginable heights.
In this unique collaboration, two gold experts – New York Times best-selling author Charles Goyette, with years of commenting and writing about gold, the dollar, and the economy from outside the industry, and Bill Haynes, with decades of trade-by-trade, the tick-by-tick experience inside the precious metals markets – triangulate their views to prepare listeners for The Last Gold Rush…Ever!
19. The Collapse of the Dollar and How to Profit From It | By James Turk
The dollar is in trouble. It has fallen against other currencies for the past three years, and now its orderly retreat could well become a rout. This spells potential disaster for the American economy—and potential riches for a few smart investors. In The Coming Collapse of the Dollar and How to Profit from It, financial gurus James Turk and John Rubino show how the dollar arrived at this precipice, why it will plunge, and how you can profit from the resulting financial crisis. The U.S. today is the world’s biggest debtor nation, printing money with abandon to sustain the illusion of prosperity. The federal government owes $7 trillion and its debt is soaring. As a society, we owe more than $37 trillion, or about $500,000 per family of four. Our trade deficit with other countries is staggering, and to finance this mountain of debt we’re flooding the world with dollars. The inevitable result: The dollar will decline until it is displaced as the world’s dominant currency. Precious metals will soar in value, and gold will reclaim its monetary role at the center of the global financial system. Traditionally a haven during times of uncertainty, gold has risen dramatically since 2001. By the fall of 2004, it was up by nearly 50%, at over $400 an ounce. But this is just the beginning. James Turk, a leading gold authority and the founder of GoldMoney.com, and veteran financial writer John Rubino show readers how to capitalize on gold’s dramatic climb. In The Coming Collapse of the Dollar, Turk and Rubino reveal which stocks and bonds will falter as the dollar declines and why that decline is virtually inevitable. They offer strategies for using gold coins, gold stocks, gold-based digital currencies, and other hard assets to create a profitable portfolio. And they explain how to make the most of your gold and other precious metal holdings, identifying the opportunities and pitfalls of buying gold mining stocks and the mutual funds that invest in them.
Final Thoughts on the Best Books on Gold
Gold is an element that has been used for centuries as a symbol of wealth, power, and prestige. It is also something that has always been valuable to humans because it can be made into coins, jewelry, and different types of art. There are many different types of gold, but the most common are 21-karat gold, 18-karat gold, 14-karat gold, 9-karat gold, and 22-karat gold. Gold is valuable because it does not corrode or tarnish easily. Gold is valuable for its color because it does not oxidize when exposed to air or water.
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