The Allure of Gold

The Allure of Gold

Gold as a safe haven

The allure of Gold, as a viable long term investment option, has shot to new heights in the past five years. While this is perhaps understandable given its status as a safe haven, should it be a fundamental component of an investment portfolio?

There is a lot of misunderstanding about gold, its role in the financial system and use within an investment portfolio. We aim to address some of these misunderstandings.

A Brief History of Gold

Gold first became a transferable form of money around 560 B.C. when gold coins (stamped with a seal) were used by merchants to simplify trade. The coins were valued according to their inherent gold content. In 1066, Great Britain developed the British pound (symbolising a pound of sterling silver) and other units of currency based on their inherent metal value. During this period, gold (and silver) represented the main means of exchange (i.e. money).

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Should past performance affect your willingness to take investment risk?

Past investment performance is seductiveShould past performance affect your willingness to take investment risk?

It’s a difficult task being a good investor. You’re keen to celebrate when your investments perform well, yet you’re also looking for opportunities to acquire new exposure when prices are low. Unfortunately, good investment performance and low prices rarely go hand in hand. This creates an ongoing dilemma for wealth accumulators – do you want your investments to go up or down in the short term?

Many investors are reluctant to invest new money in asset classes that show poor recent performance, instead preferring to increase their exposure to the better performing asset classes. This seems to be a logical thought process, but is it conducive to the achievement of your wealth accumulation plans?
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Residential property is not a “fail safe” investment

The arguments in favour of residential property investment appear overwhelming

Housing prices remained reasonably firm through the worst of the “Global Financial Crisis” and have risen steadily over recent months. Many do-it-yourself investors, badly bruised by the battering taken by domestic and international sharemarkets, are seeing investment in residential property as a “safe” investment alternative.

The arguments in favour of residential property investment appear overwhelming and include:
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The Golden Rules of Investing

Golden rules of investingWhen it comes to investing, there is an inordinate amount of information and opinion that is freely available. Most people have an opinion about the direction of the economy, markets, which asset classes or sectors will do best, and which specific securities will out perform. And most of these opinions are supported by valid reasoning and sometimes by informational “evidence”.

But how helpful is this when investing?

To be a good investor over the long term you need to abide by some intelligent investment rules. Unfortunately, devising the rules is a much tougher act than coming up with forecasts and opinions. Following the rules is even tougher, especially when they may conflict with your forecasts and opinions.

The three golden rules:

  1. Never invest until you have an articulated, long term strategy with a clear set of rules for investing;
  2. Never disobey the rules;
  3. Never ignore the rules. To do so makes them obsolete. Replace them with revised and improved rules, but never ignore them.

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