New investors contend with plenty of hype about precious metals such as gold and silver. While adding precious metals to your portfolio mix can pay off, you should take the time to understand the basic market dynamics for you to maximize your investment. Investing in gold offers several advantages. At a time of global financial
Unless you know exactly what you’re doing, responding to TV ads is a guaranteed way of taking losses on gold/silver investments. Here’s an example of a $127,000 loss on a $296,363 investment made when the price of gold was lower than it is now.
So far this year, gold has outperformed stocks, up 2.5%, about what the Dow Industrials are down, for a 5% difference. Still, gold’s performance this year has been disappointing to many investors considering the huge downside moves that stocks put in this year. For 2017, the S&P 500 gained 19.4%, the Nasdaq 28.2%, and the
In my post No reflation?, I discussed the perma-bulls’ continued recommendation of “buying the dips.” In support of their position, TV talking heads speak of an “improved economy and higher corporate earnings” as reasons to continue buying stocks. However, if I’m reading David Stockman’s reports correctly, what the perma-bulls are really counting on is “reflation”
Anthony Ward, famed London commodities trader, closed shop after nearly forty years of trading. His reason: he couldn’t keep up with computer trading. According to Reuters, Ward blamed the rise of computer-driven funds and high-frequency trading. Other well-known commodities investors also threw in the towel. They are now looking for opportunities where machines can’t make
John Scurci, Corona Capital Partner and Chief Investment Officer, is bullish on gold for 2018. One of his reasons is the ratio of the price of gold to stocks. He asserts that stocks are punching out new highs because of the money-printing orgy that the world’s central banks have gone on since 2008. Not coincidentally,
All the talk in political and monetary circles is about the GOP efforts at tax reform. At this time, it is not possible to know the final form the bill will take. The Senate has its version, the House has its version. Compromises will have to be made, and there will be some serious horse
Nothing could be further apart than the high-tech industry and gold. The high-tech industry didn’t come about until the development of the computer. Gold has been with us for thousands of years. Fred Hickey, editor and publisher of The High-Tech Strategist, recently turned bullish on gold. His reasons include fundamentals (production and supply/demand) and central
This is the slowest precious metals market in decades. The good news is that slow markets often are signs that bottoms are being put in. But, let’s consider the causes of this lackadaisical market. The primary cause is that the many stock indexes are making new highs, with the most watched, the Dow Industrials, only
Central banks to the rescue Just as the world’s central banks moved to rescue the banking system during the 2008 World Financial Crisis, they are now moving to rescue gold and silver investors, albeit the central banks are not rescuing gold/silver investors wittingly. Nonetheless, they are doing it just the same.