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Our fund raising round was not successful.  As a result, IDB will be going off line and into cold storage.  If our competitors should stumble, I may re-active the site in the future but for now, we're turning out the lights.

I had planned to go off-line on April 4th.  Due to some important and unplanned changes in our maintenance schedule, I am now bumping that up to next Tuesday morning, March 27th, 2018.  PM 'admin' if you need to reach me. 

You should use the next 5 days to find a new home for your community.

Running IDB has been fun over the years and I hope you enjoyed your time here as well.  Sincerely,  Paul

P.S. News on IDB Funding -- this is now on it's own page to clean up the site a bit.

The Best Ways to Invest in Gold Today

The Best Ways to Invest in Gold Today

goldcore.com / By Mark O’Byrne / March 20, 2017

Dominic Frisby has looked at the best ways to invest in gold in the UK’s best selling financial publication Money Week.

Frisby looks at the various ways to invest in and own gold and points how gold ETFs are not much cheaper than online gold bullion dealers such as GoldMoney, GoldCore or Bullion Vault and yet there is the difficulty of taking delivery which is “cumbersome.”

The other important consideration when investing in gold is to consider the tax implications and the capital gains tax (CGT).

Buyers of gold ETFs and digital gold through e-gold providers like Bullion Vault and GoldMoney are subject to capital gains tax. However buyers of Gold Britannias and Gold Sovereigns are not subject to this expensive tax:

Competition between ETFs and bullion dealers has conspired to drive down prices, much to the benefit of the consumer. But there is one huge cost that neither of these methods is able to avoid – tax. This assumes you’re not buying your gold via an ISA or a SIPP, which it is, for the most part, possible to do via ETF or bullion dealer.