If you're seriously interested in investing, you'll understand that the time to buy is when prices drop. When you lose confidence too quickly in an investment, you basically set yourself up for a situation where you get none of the benefits of the investment because of having cashed out too early. At the beginning of the week of September 26, 2011, the price of gold dipped a bit. If you are a sober-headed investor, you'll understand that this is an opportunity.
Gold has performed at record levels for the last few years. In fact, stories about gold breaking price records have become so common that they're not even interesting enough to garner significant media attention anymore. When gold drops in price, it tends to get a lot of attention, simply because it's rare for this to happen lately. If you're interested in buying gold, these rare occasions are the best times to pounce.
If you have a mobile device, you may want to consider setting it up so that it will give you alerts when gold reaches a certain price level. There are plenty of ways to do this. There are applications, of course, but setting up an email alert to let you know when gold reaches a particularly attractive price is the easiest way to make sure you're informed. You can also use mobile apps to track the price of gold manually. You don’t have to check in every 5 minutes. If prices dip enough to provide some real bargains, they will usually stay at lower levels for the better part of a day or so.
When you see bargain prices, remember that there are different ways to buy this metal. Some investors prefer coins, but you'll pay a premium on top of the bullion price for these products. If you want to buy gold at the price closest to the market price, you can buy bullion, which is worth its mass times the market value of gold.
Remember that many people believe that gold is something that you should hold onto for at least a few years. Even though the markets are exciting right now, fast buying and selling is something that speculators do and you don't want to step into that world unless you know what you're doing and unless you can afford to lose money. For most investors, finding a good day to buy at a bargain price is exciting enough!