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PRECIOUS METALS

What are precious metals? Precious metals are rare metallic chemical elements of high economic value. Precious metals are less reactive than most elements, have high luster, and have high electrical conductivity. Although precious metals have industrial uses the main demand comes from investors seeking safe haven stores of wealth. Futures contracts on the regulated commodity exchanges are a way to get positioned to trade precious metals.

Some futures contracts may offer tax advantages over competing exchange traded funds (ETF). Gold ETFs buy gold bullion, which is treated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a precious-metal collectible and taxed at 28%. By contrast, the general tax treatment for gold futures is that 60% of gains (or losses) are considered long-term capital gains, and 40% of gains (or losses) are short-term capital gains. This blends to a maximum federal income tax rate of 23%. Consult with your CPA regarding your personal tax situation, and the tax ramifications of futures trading.

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