How to Buy Real Gold

If you've been following any of the hair-raising stories about the gold bullion market, you are probably thinking about how to own real gold, instead of "paper gold."

There are a few simple rules when it comes to owning gold:

1)Gold is metal. If you can't hold a block of metal in your hand within 24 hours, you don't own gold.

2)Everyone's a damn crook.

If you observe those two rules, you'll do fine.

First, how to buy real gold? The following suggestions will pertain for individual holdings of $1000 up to about $10 million. If you want institutional size, you should find better advice than a column on the Huffington Post.

The usual caveats apply. This