Obviously, you may be asking why is gold so important or precious and what is all these noises really about? Well, the brain behind my write-up is that l doesn’t want you to be ignorant of your financial/investment/retirement future and planning. You must not continue to leave in the dark-age in matters concerning gold and precious metals, thus I present before you infallible reasons why gold must be part of your investment combo.
- Assets diversification. When pondering on investment vehicles, usually an old adage comes to mind “don’t put all your eggs in one basket”. Although some critics say put all your eggs in one basket and watch over it, good luck to them. The reasonable and savvy investors must ensure that at least 5% of their investment portfolio is gold and precious metals.
- Continual existence of gold. The fact is that gold out-leaved human age and as long as the world remains, gold will be in perpetuity. Gold is superior to other property, products or investments (buildings, vehicles, stocks, bonds etc.) because the value of these properties can erode with the passage of time and prevailing economic phenomenon. Take, for instance, the global stock market saga of the year 2008; also you need to incur maintenance cost in order to keep them in good shape.
Gold, on the other hand, the value is not eroded either does it oxidized irrespective of the number of years we are considering.
- The scarcity of gold. Gold is finite in supply. Statistics revealed that annual global production of gold is about 2,500tons and the worth of gold in the entire world is estimated at 9trillion US dollars. You better buy into gold now rather than regretting in later years.
- Status symbol. Without mincing words, gold is highly eyes appealing and have a powerful impact on human nature/race. In fact, China and India are well known for the high value they placed on gold as their store of wealth, so their wealth is expressed by the quantity and quality of gold you possessed.
It is inbuilt in human nature to want to belong to the highest investors/social/political class, so the worth of the gold you possessed in some society will dictate whether you belong to this ostentatious class of elites.
- Counterparty risks. Gold is absolutely excluded from counterparty risk. The said term means you are putting your faith in the ability of the other party to a deal/contract to perform at the due date. The examples of buying stocks, employers and employees will explain better.
You buy stocks from the capital market in anticipation of dividend, price appreciation and cash in the later year. It is possible that the stock market may collapse before your target date or the case of the employee working for an employer, it is expected that at retirement the employer will pay gratuity and pension but the employer may go under before retirement. All these scenarios cannot happen to gold because it is tangible, in your possession and you can easily convert it to cash to better your lots.
- Substitutionary insurance policy. The purpose of an insurance policy is to put you in the exact financial position you enjoy prior to the loss. Gold can also play the same role if you have same
- Bull market (gold). When you read any guide or advisory on commodity or security, the disclaimer is usually the beginning of such and the summary is that “past performance is not a guarantee of future result”. Therefore, gold is exempted from that pattern and since the beginning of the new millennium; gold has been on bull-run with double-digit gains.
- Anchor against deflation. Of course, an open secret that economic recession is now a global phenomenon, the ever-increasing debts of nations (USA and UK for example) could potentially result in deflation with catastrophic economic impacts. The aftermath is that value of assets will be eroded but gold has resilience and performs better in holding its value irrespective of economic challenges.
- Geopolitical risks. Wars, terrorism (USA – unforgettable 911), natural disasters and other allied perils characterized the global society today. At the time of war, for instance, safety and individual’s survivor is a major concern, assuredly there will be economic paralysis and downturns. The major assets; real estate, financial instruments, other properties and cash currency will be next to useless in value. During such time, gold provides peace of mind and the value remains constant.
- Store of value. Historically, gold has thousands of years with backup track records as the best store of value. Irrespective of economic and global situations (technological changes, trends, development etc.) gold possessed the feature of acceptability and constancy of value. Therefore, for the safety of your investment, retirement and to pass your assets to next generation, gold is your best bet.
- Gold is money backer. History tells us that first gold coins were minted and put into circulation by 550BC; gold has been longest and lasting form of money. Intrinsically, till tomorrow sun shall rise, gold remains a form of money-backers.
In view of these green lights, a stitch in time saves nine. If not yet started, you should start saving some amount regularly in Gold from today.
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