If you do, where are the best places to buy from and how best to store them ? A total newbie in this area so any info will be much appreciated!
I do buy physical gold and silver as part of diversification. It's a small percentage of my total investments, maybe about 10%. It's more of a collection than an investment honestly. I have more silver than gold; more bars than coins and I keep it at home. I buy from here -https://www.bullionstar.com/?r=449
No, gold and silver cannot earn dividends.
Gold or precious metals are more like an insurance rather than investments. When market is down, the price will definitely soar. But do you think people will actually purchase it at soared prices rather than purchasing necessities like food?