An Introduction to Gold Investing
Gold investments have helped investors profit and protect their hard-earned wealth for millennia.
What Is An Investment?
The precious metal is considered to be the only form of real money, because when paper currencies fail, they always resort to gold. In the past century, gold has increased in value over 7000%, outperforming nearly every investment in the world. Before we can explore gold investments, we must answer a very basic question.
Investopedia defines an investment as “an asset or item that is purchased with the hope that it will generate income or appreciate in the future.” Suffice to say that this definition clearly applies to gold.
According to Investopedia, economic investment “is the purchase of goods that are not consumed today but are used in the future to create wealth.” Examples of this include funding a new venture, improving infrastructure, and education – things to which we allocate existing wealth in order to ensure the wealth of future generations.
Also according to Investopedia, financial investment “is a monetary asset purchased with the idea that the asset will provide income in the future or appreciate and be sold at a higher price.” The key here is ‘monetary’ – means to create money here and today, with little regard for the future and even less correlation to wealth
Is insurance an investment? If we come to an untimely death it provides future wealth to our survivors, but if we live it is merely an expense. If our home burns to the ground it provides us with a new home, but if nothing ever happens it is money lost.