Does anyone know much about buying precious metals? I've been thinking about buying gold or silver lately in order to protect my money from inflation, but not been too sure about it. Is there a place you visit to buy gold/silver? Is it a mail order thing? Do you just hang on to it or do you purchase gold/silver stock instead? I have around 10k I'm saving for a down payment on a house in a couple years, so should I put all of it towards gold/silver or just around half or so?