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Savvy investors try to diversify their portfolios. They spread their investments across different types of asset classes, such as stocks, bonds and cash. That way, if one asset class is down, the others may help compensate for losses.
The key is that the performance of each asset class is independent from the others.
Historically, there’s been one asset whose performance is typically independent from stocks, bonds and cash. That asset is gold.
The value in precious metals like gold and silver is that their performance is not correlated with stocks and bonds. Their prices are not directly tied to government or corporate decisions.
And, unlike currencies that can be easily printed, the amount of gold and silver is finite. This scarcity contributes to their value.
For these reasons, many financial advisors recommend that investors diversify their portfolios by adding the fourth asset class — gold and other precious metals, such as silver, platinum and palladium.
Physical gold is available in many different forms, including bullion coins, bars and rounds. The most popular are bullion coins like the Gold American Eagle and Canadian Maple Leaf.
The value of these coins is internationally recognized, and their weight and purity are guaranteed by the governments that mint them. Holding physical gold allows investors to have complete control over their investments.
Investing in gold and other precious metals is simple and straightforward.
However, there are some simple concepts you should know: