How sensible is it to invest in gold? There is no blanket answer to this frequently asked investor question. Much more depends on what you personally expect from an investment in gold.
10 experts give their blunt opinion about investing in Gold. They talk the pros and cons of buying gold, each from their own perspective.
By Chris Vermeulen – Chris Vermeulen is the founder of Technical Traders Ltd. He is an internationally recognized technical analyst, trader, and author of the book: 7 Steps to Win With Logic. and his newsletter www.TheTechnicalTraders.com
There are really only a few short and simple answers to the question why you should consider buying Gold? Investing in Gold provides a hedge against risk, capital preservation and opportunity for returns.
First, Gold, historically, has been and will continue to be the basis of physical wealth for the foreseeable future. Currently, Gold and Silver are relatively low cost compared to other assets offering similar protection. As of right now, Gold and Silver are nearing the lowest price ratio levels, historically, that have existed since 1990. This means, the relationship of the price ratio for Gold and Silver are comparatively low in relationship to how Gold and Silver are priced in peak levels. So, right now is the time to be acquiring Gold and Silver as a low price hedge against another global crisis event or market meltdown.
Second, the fact that the Gold and Silver price ratio is historically very low (meaning they provide a very good hedging opportunity at historically very low price ratio levels) also means that cash can be traded for physical gold with very limited risk and provide an excellent hedge for inflation, global market crisis events and as long term investments. Taking advantage of the current market conditions, one has to be aware that crisis events do exist and present a clear risk to future equity investments. One could decide to risk further capital hedging with options or short positions as risk becomes more evident, but these are inherently more risky than a physical Gold or Silver investment. Physical Gold or Silver, especially rare coins which include greater intrinsic value, can provide real capital, real gains, real hedging of risk and real return – whereas the short positions or options are only valuable if the trade is executed to profit.
Lastly, Gold and Silver are very limited in supply on this planet and, unless society decides that Gold or Silver is absolutely worthless as a substance, will likely continue to increase in value. News that China and Russia are acquiring hundreds of tons of gold each year in preparation for a gold based currency are another set of reasons that you should consider starting your own physical hoard of precious metals. The most important thing for you to understand about owning physical Gold and Silver is that it is a protective investment that can be liquidated or resold at almost any time in the future. It can be traded, held, secured and transported easily. You can physically take possession of your Gold and Silver and be assured that through any banking crisis, global market crisis or major global event, you have enough physical precious metal to operate in a crisis mode and likely attain great wealth/gains in the process.
Think of physical Gold and Silver like an “emergency kit”. You hope you never need it, but when you do need it, you had better be prepared and have set aside some physical holdings before the crisis event happened. Out here in California, we keep “Earthquake Kits” with emergency supplies, water, lanterns, food and other essentials. Well, guess what is included in my Earthquake Kit? Yup – Gold and Silver in proper quantities that I could barter and trade for items that are essential.
The point of my post is that I can think of no reasons why anyone would not want to attain some physical Gold and Silver at today’s prices to protect against known risks, provide a hedge against inflation and crisis events and to protect wealth from what we all know will happen in a crisis event – the banks will close or limit cash availability (think of Greece). So, it is really up to you to determine if and how you want to prepare for what could happen in the future. Will you have your “emergency kit” and be prepared or not?
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