about 1 month ago • 2 mins
Investors’ portfolios tend to be dominated by stocks and bonds – not gold. And there are good reasons for that: the yellow metal doesn’t pay interest or dividends, its returns can be erratic (even over long periods), and it’s almost impossible to value its true “worth”.
That being said, there are also good reasons why investors might want to own some gold: it’s an effective hedge against the devaluation of traditional currencies and it acts as a shield against inflation. As a “safe-haven” asset, it also provides a sense of security during market turbulence, and its low correlation with stocks and bonds adds a layer of diversification. Even better, in a portfolio context, it’s one of the only assets that can defend your portfolio against the threat of stagflation – the toxic mix of high inflation and little to no economic growth that can really take a toll on both stocks and bonds.
So it does seem like owning some gold right now would make sense. And yet, as the chart shows, more than 71% of advisors have almost none of it. And those who do own gold have only a minimal amount (less than 5% of their portfolio). That’s not enough to make a real difference to a portfolio, especially since it’s an asset that tends to see much smaller price moves than stocks.
But with inflation likely to remain hotter for longer, policymakers experimenting with unconventional policies, central banks buying big amounts of gold, and geopolitical, financial, and market risks on the rise, investors’ prevailing indifference to gold might just fade away. And if that happens – and investors start to allocate even a little more of their portfolios to gold – that rush of buying interest might be all it takes to substantially drive up the price of the metal. And that, in turn, could drive more demand for it and further push its price up. That’s just one more reason to add a bit of glimmer to your portfolio now.
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