Gold Switzerland Review

Gold Switzerland Review
Gold Switzerland Review - by, April 1, 2011
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Gold Switzerland's global client base strategically store an important part of their wealth in Switzerland in physical gold and silver outside the banking system. Gold Switzerland delivers a unique and exceptional service to our highly esteemed wealth preservation clientele in over 75 countries.

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Pros:

  • The company is backed up by parent Matterhorn Investment Management
  • Egon Von Greyerz the founding principal is a legend in gold management and wealth preservation
  • Customers can choose to store gold in their vaults in either Switzerland, Singapore, or Hong Kong

Cons:

  • Sliding scale storage fees can get expensive
  • High minimum purchases mean that only high net worth individuals need apply
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Gold Switzerland Company Info & Background

Gold Switzerland has been offering a limited range of unique bullion products, highest quality service, and advisory services for wealth preservation to their exclusive high-net worth families and clients in more than 50 nations since the year 1999 through their parent company Matterhorn Asset Management. For the principles and services of wealth management, Matterhorn scores a perfect 100 percent rating for strict wealth preservation.This has helped it to grow into the first choice for legions of investors globally.

They take great pride in the many qualities that set them apart from most of their offshore gold storage and dealing peers. Among these are the fact that:

 

  • Investors always get a certificate of ownership that provides the one of a kind serial numbers on his or her gold and silver bars
  • Every gold and silver bar is directly and completely owned by the investors
  • Their proprietary gold storage is found in highly sophisticated bullion vaults which have no connection with the global banking system
  • Investors with them all receive complete and individualized access to their gold
  • Investors are permitted to send their legal representatives (such as an accountant or lawyer) to personally inspect the gold holdings
  • Investors are able to completely and physically withdraw part or even all of their gold either within normal business hours or after hours in the  event of a personal emergency
  • All gold and silver bars are fully insured through a leading international insurance provider
  • The storage services are highly secured and offered through private vault operators in Switzerland, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

 

Matterhorn Asset Management, the parent company of Gold Switzerland, is a fully accredited member of the SAAM Swiss Association of Asset Managers.

The man who represents the driving force behind Matterhorn Asset Management and Gold Switzerland is and always was Egon Von Greyerz. He opened Matterhorn back in 1999 as a premier private investment firm. From the get-go, the cornerstone of the business proved to be wealth preservation. By 2002, Egon and company had become convinced that the world was entering a period of excessively and dangerously high economic and financial risk. This was why they opened many of their significant physical gold investments for their clients when gold traded for a mere $300 per ounce on average.

The firm told their clients it would be prudent to diversify fully 25 percent to 50 percent of all of their financial assets into tangible and physically held gold. Today the firm considers that global risk is far higher now than it was back then. This is why they continue to recommend a significant exposure to physically held gold today for a safe and balanced investment portfolio.

While gold continued rising back in the early years of the 2000s, Matterhorn watched as the price of physical gold began to soar in 2005. They responded by establishing a fully Swiss regulated firm located in the Swiss financial center of Zurich, Matterhorn Asset Management AG. Several years later they expanded this to include the newly formed Gold Switzerland, their Matterhorn precious metals division to this day.

 

Gold Switzerland Management Team

Managing Partner Egon Von Greyerz

Managing Partner Egon Von Greyerz

Managing partner and founder Egon Von Greyerz has been heavily involved in the financial investment world since the 1990s. He participated through his asset allocation consultancy work on behalf of private family funds in a range of mergers and acquisitions in that decade. By 2005, he had settled his now world-famous Matterhorn Asset Management in Zurich, Switzerland. The key and driving ideas behind the firm were principles of wealth preservation.

Today, his Matterhorn Asset Management has become the globally leading firm for purchasing and storing physical gold and silver completely outside of the traditional banking system. They have four vaults in three countries for precious metals storage for clients, including the largest and safest gold vault on earth found in the Swiss Alps. Egon’s clients are a combination of family offices, high-net worth and ultra high-net worth individuals, investment funds, pension funds, and trusts in more than 52 nations.

Egon is an active financial media personality and also a featured speaker at a wide range of investment conferences held throughout the globe. He prolifically writes and publishes pieces on the world economy, precious metals, and of course wealth preservation on a regular basis for both his clients and also a wide variety of publications.

Partner Edward Maas

Partner Edward Maas

Edward Maas is one of the two directors working at Gold Switzerland. He began his activity with financial markets back in 1975. As such he brings a tremendous wealth of more than 40 years of financial experience to the advisory firm. Following a few years working for AMRO Bank treasury department and the Indo-Suez, he teamed up with Hunter Douglas in Rotterdam, the Netherlands serving in the capacity as Assistant Treasurer.

In 1980, Ed and Egon met and began working together for British retailing firm Dixons Group PLC, where Ed served as Group Treasurer from 1982. In the prestigious EuroMoney surveys, Maas received the distinctive honor of being chosen successively as among the top treasurers in all of the United Kingdom. He has also developed a number of risk management strategies through his work in IT systems.

It was in 2008 that Maas teamed up again with Von Greyerz for his second time in a thirty year period to work to preserve clients’ wealth and help in the business development aspect of Matterhorn Asset Management.

Partner Johny Beck

Partner Johny Beck

Johny began his career in finance at the trading department of Barclays Capital in London. As such, he boasts over 15 years worth of experience in brokering, trading, and marketing. In his tenure in “the city” he has also served as a senior broker for ICAP Plc, the leading inter-dealer broker of the world.

Since then he worked as a senior executive in a boutique firm for head hunting, specializing in hiring for precious metals commodities’ front offices. Johny has worked as adviser to Matterhorn since it was originally founded in 1999. He became a full partner of the firm in 2012.

 

Gold Switzerland Custodian and Storage

Gold Switzerland prides itself on its variety of secure and safe venues for vaulting your gold and silver holdings when you work with them. They offer a choice of four vault locations, each of which boasts:

  • Locations safely away from the banking system
  • Highly secured vault facilities
  • Private inspection and direct access for clients to their precious metals
  • Economically sound and politically stable nations where the vaults reside

 

These vaults are located at the famed Swiss Deep Mountain Vault, the Zurich Airport vault, the Singapore Freeport vault, and the Hong Kong International Airport vault.

 

Gold Switzerland Products

Gold Switzerland sets itself apart from its competitors by not offering any gold or silver bullion coin products. They do feature a variety of internationally acclaimed gold and silver bullion bars. These include 100 grams bars,  400 ounce bars, and one kilogram bars, as pictured below:

In silver, they offer a standard sized one kilogram silver bar and a 15 kilogram silver bar produced by Umicore, shown in the following pictures:

 

Gold Switzerland Fees for Services and Products

It is critical to know the fees structure of these offshore gold storage firms. Gold Switzerland charges gold spot price plus .65 percent for both 100 gram and one kilogram bars.They charge gold spot price plus .3 percent for the 400 ounce versions. Buy backs are for gold spot minus either .5 percent or .2 percent, respectively.

For silver, the selling price is silver spot plus 2 percent on the 1,000 ounce bars and silver spot plus 2.5 percent to four percent for the 15 kilogram to one kilogram silver bars. Buy back price for clients is silver spot less from 1.5 to 2.2 percent.

The company secure vault storage fees are 1.25 percent of the gold or silver value per year.

 

Gold Switzerland Contact Information

  • Address: Bahnhofstrasse 28A – CH 8001 ZURICH – Switzerland
  • Phone: +41 44 213 62 45
  • Website: www.goldswitzerland.com
  • Established: 2005

 

Key Pages from Gold Switzerland’s Website

Here are the most important pages from Gold Switzerland’s website. You can read this information to better understand the company.

 

Gold Switzerland Review
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Gold Switzerland's global client base strategically store an important part of their wealth in Switzerland in physical gold and silver outside the banking system. Gold Switzerland delivers a unique and exceptional service to our highly esteemed wealth preservation clientele in over 75 countries.

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