Reasons to invest in gold?

Dear readers,

Are you still wondering, whether you should allocate part of your asset allocation to gold?

Let me share with you, six reasons to invest in gold.

  1. It’s super cheap. Gold is cheap, while stocks are expensive. In January of 1980, both the Dow Industrials and the price of gold were at the same level: 800. Now, nearly 24 years later, the Dow is near 10,000, while gold is less than half its January 1980 value.
  2. Governments will make our money worth less to pay off their record debts. Governments can print money to pay off their debts. But they can’t create gold. The supply of paper money can be infinite. But the supply of gold is extremely limited (they say that the entire gold production in the history of the world could fit on the basketball court at Madison Square Garden). And it’s difficult to extract. Bill Gates could buy all the gold mined in the world in a year from his checkbook.
  3. Gold should do well in major international conflicts. The price of gold was fixed during World War I and World War II. But silver, for example, rose by over 100% in both world wars. It’s been rising for the duration of the War on Terrorism. It all comes back to #2, above…governments ultimately print money to pay for wars.
  4. Gold should do well in extreme bear markets. Silver more than doubled in value from 1932 to 1936 during the Great Depression (the price of gold was fixed by the government). The next long bear market was 1968-1980. Silver rose from around $2 in 1968 to a peak near $50 in 1980.
  5. Gold stock will rise during inflation… and during deflation. Investing in gold is good inflation protection… gold rises as the value of the dollar falls. But what many people don’t understand is that gold stocks will do even better during deflation, as the government lowers interest rates significantly and wildly prints money (creating inflation) to offset that deflation… leading to substantially higher gold prices. This is where we are now, and gold has done what it’s supposed to do.
  6. When you buy gold investments, you lower risk in your investment portfolio. In the past, gold has tended to do the opposite of stocks…it skyrocketed in the 1970s, when stocks did horribly. Then in the 1980s and 1990s, when stocks soared, gold lost over half its value. Now in the new millennium gold has soared while stocks are still below their year 2000 highs. Holding a portion of your portfolio in gold stock will smooth out your portfolio fluctuations.

Yes, you should invest in gold to some extent, even if it is purely to lower some of the risk in your investment portfolio, as gold and stocks often go in opposite directions. If you’re not there right now, it’s time make the move.

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