Gold Investments

Gold is used as an investment in order to reduce the overall risk on an investment portfolio. The precious metal has in the past—and continues to do so—provided investors with safety against currency devaluation; it acts as one of the best hedges against inflation and provides safety in times of uncertainty. Gold is not only used by investors to diversify their risks; central banks around the world also use the yellow metal to reduce the volatility in their foreign exchange reserves.

There are many different kinds of gold investments investors can use to protect their portfolios. They may consider buying gold bullion—in the form of bars and coins (with this, they will have to keep storage costs in mind). Investors may choose to buy gold certificates, futures contracts, or exchange-traded products (with this, they will have to keep the expiry date and other specifications in mind). They can also buy gold mining stocks to diversify their risk in their portfolio. By buying mining shares, investors have to become very knowledgeable about where the mining is being done and how much does it cost to extract one ounce of gold from the ground.

Since early 2013, gold investments haven’t performed well. This is mainly due to the lower precious metal prices. However, the fundamentals suggest that gold prices will head higher. As a result, gold-related investments will see a rise as well.

Is the Gold Trade Over? Not According to These Metrics

By Thursday, February 5, 2015

Gold TradeAsk anybody about why gold was in a bull market between 2002 and 2012, and they will most likely tell you that it was due to declining interest rates. Now, if you ask anybody if gold is even worth looking at as an investment, you’ll likely be told that it’s useless and does no good for an investor’s portfolio. The rationale given for t… Read More

Basic Supply and Demand Factors Will Drive Gold Prices Higher

By Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Basic Supply and Demand Factors Will Drive Gold PricesRegarding gold, there’s a daunting question going around these days: is the yellow metal worth buying? If you listen to the mainstream, you will hear them say it’s the worst investment possible for your portfolio. According to them, instead of protecting your wealth, this precious metal is doing the opposite. Some are going eve… Read More

Gold Market Setting Up to Reward Investors

By Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gold Market Setting Up to Reward InvestorsI’ve been singing the same song to my readers all year: look at dips in the price of gold bullion as an opportunity to buy more of the metal.
When gold fell below $1,150-an-ounce in early November and so many analysts came out with the prediction of $1,100 or $1,000-an-ounce gold, I was writing about what a bargain gold stocks had become… Read More

Stock Market Correction’s Here—Put Dividend Paying Stocks on Your Radar Screen

By Wednesday, May 9, 2012

earnings seasonThis is the correction we’ve been expecting and it’s affecting stocks as well as commodities. The stock market has been due for a correction after a solid first-quarter earnings season and, because share prices moved so strongly since the beginning of the year. It doesn’t really matter what the catalyst is for the correction;… Read More

Debt Crisis in Europe Highlights Continued Strong Fundamentals for Gold

By Wednesday, October 5, 2011

It’s pretty difficult to get enthusiastic about the stock market with sentiment so focused on the sovereign debt situation inGreece. Even in the face of solid earnings expectations for the third quarter, investors are looking into the future and seeing slow economic growth, translating into slower earnings. It’s the perfect storm for equities and it makes choices for equity investors very limited.