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In the current financial and political environment, more and more people are turning to physical assets in order to diversify their financial portfolios. Here are some of our tips on how to get started with your precious metals investment.

1. Know and embrace the volatility of precious metals.

Though more people are turning to gold and other precious metals, these investments are still as risky as the stock market. The spot price, or current price, of precious metals changes continuously through any given day. Don't let this freak you out. Precious metals have been traded for thousands of years and it is the only form of currency that has not given way to time or changing political climates. Your investment will be not let you down, so don't let one negative day scare you.

2. Figure out what kind of investor you are.

No investor is alike. Everyone has different reasons for why they are investing and, along with that, different goals for their investments. It's important to evaluate those reasons before you can make the best decisions for your financial future. This can be a hard step to take, so we've created a 3-Minute Portfolio Builder Quiz in order to aid you.

3. Find a precious metals company that you trust.

This is the best advice we could give you. You do not have to make these decisions alone. There are people out there who specialize in providing knowledgeable advice on how to start your precious metals investment and how to position it to garner the most success. The best part of having a precious metals expert or specialist in your corner is that they work for you, so they care about your investment portfolio just as much as, if not more than, you do.

4. Do what you know is right for you.

At the end of the day, this is your investment. You need to make the right decisions to achieve your investment goals. Trust yourself, trust your precious metals adviser, and be prepared to see your portfolio flourish.

5. Do not invest with money you need.

When investing in anything, it is prudent to only invest with money that you have above your monetary needs.