Business Week recently reported that gold climbed, once again, in both the US and international markets while the interest from investors remains steady around the world. Even amidst a shaky global economy it seems the interest in gold remains high and will only continue to rise as it becomes more publicized in the mainstream media.
Many investors are beginning to realize that a gold investment equals a smart investment. So why are there still so many who have not added gold to their investment portfolio?
Gold Is Only For the Wealthy
Until recently, gold seemed out of reach to smaller investors who believed it was more an investment for the wealthy. Many individuals did not understand the process of obtaining the metal or were led to believe they could only invest in large quantities.
Today, however, gold is becoming more of a mainstream investment – providing even the novice investor an opportunity to possess this precious metal. Gold Bullion is no longer the most commonly recognized form of gold investing. Gold coins have become more widespread and provide a reasonable investment option to the beginner.
Not Enough Information
Prior to the internet age an investor would have had to deal with a local broker or investment manager in order to learn more about gold and their investment options. They may have relied on a friendly referral or simply utilized someone local since it was convenient. Having only limited options and information available to them, coupled with brokers who may have been less than reputable, it made the process of investing in gold extremely intimidating to many.
This is no longer the case for today’s investors. The web now allows them easy access to an abundance of information on the subject. More and more websites are offering potential investors step by step tutorials on the process of investing while outlining the gold investment options. This lifts the veil and allows them to understand the investment strategies so they can become a more educated buyer or seller, bringing knowledge and the power to make better investing decisions.
I Prefer Paper Assets
There was once a time when a diverse investment strategy involved investment in Stocks, Bonds, and various other forms of paper assets in order to distribute the risk an investor would face. However, as we have been painfully taught, paper assets are extremely volatile in today’s market and investors need to diversify their portfolios in order to secure the future of their investments. Gold investments give the investor more options and allows for further diversification.
An investment in gold does not have to be an intimidating undertaking nor is it inaccessible to even the household investor. By conducting ones own research and speaking with qualified and reputable firms this metal can become a lasting investment for you and generations to come just as it has been a solid standing investment to the generations before. If you are looking to diversify your current portfolio or just start one, a gold investment is an option any investor should seriously consider.
Zachary A. Pew