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Gold as Swiss Army Knife: The Many Benefits of Holding Gold

gold.org  ( Original )
JAN 24, 2018

ORIGINAL SOURCE: The Relevance of Gold as a Strategic Asset by gold.org on 1/24/18

There are so many compelling reasons to own gold, and the wider investment world is starting to catch on. Non-traditional asset holdings in US pension funds surged 63% between 2006 and 2016. What characteristics of gold make it so attractive?

 Gold is a highly liquid yet scarce asset, and it is no one's liability. It is bought as a luxury good as much as an investment. As such, gold can play four fundamental roles in a portfolio:

A source of long-term returns

A diversifier that can mitigate losses in times of market stress

A liquid asset with no credit risk that has outperformed fiat currencies

A means to enhance overall portfolio performance.

Of course, all these features would amount to little if gold were a perennial investment laggard compared to other asset classes. Quite the contrary. Investors get these enduring benefits in a real, tangible store of permanent value that also happens to offer often-superior annual percentage returns versus its investment competitors: