In times of financial uncertainty, banking problems, companies collapsing such as MF Global, PG Best and the huge government debt spending, many people are deciding it's time to invest in gold.
Where and how to buy gold: There's 3 major ways to buy it. You can buy gold stocks and invest in a gold mining company. Of course with this, you won't have the physical metal and you're dependant on the stock market and the management of the mining company management.
You can by ETFs or Exchange Traded Funds and some funds are backed by actual gold bars. These funds, like stocks, can be traded easily.
For those who want actual control over their investment and without counterparty risk, buying physical gold is the way to go. You can buy gold bars either in the small 1 gram size or several ounces. Pure 999 Fine gold is the way to go.