Monday, January 14, 2008

Buy yourself gold for portfolio protection?

Financial advisors often try to discourage clients from such investments, but some individuals consider the metal to be insurance against the U.S. dollar. Learn four common ways to invest, and the pros and cons of each.

Gold is one holiday gift that has kept on giving for the last seven years.

The metal's market price, which last month surged above $800 an ounce for the first time in nearly three decades, has risen every year since 2000.

It has trounced the U.S. stock market in that period, rocketing 190%, compared with a 26% total return for the Standard & Poor's 500 index. After mostly being out of favor in the 1980s and 1990s, gold has found a new, and global, investor audience -- including the emerging rich in booming Asian economies.

Fresh interest in gold also has spawned an array of gold-related securities, providing more options for people who want to own the metal . . .

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