You might want to have exposure to metals in your portfolio, but actual bullion is surprising. There are risks and practical difficulties with it and admin costs. I'm guessing the buy / sell spread on physicals is a lot wider than an equivalent ETFYes Marc it is. Since when is investing in gold or silvet a fad 'thing'.
So you dont recommend your clients invest a portion of their wealth in precious metals ? Now that surprises me.
Coins are fine and portable enough.When you say stay away from gold/silver for numismatic reasons what exactly do you mean. Do you mean do not buy coins ?