The Top 10 Gold Producing Countries 2017

The Top 10 Gold Producing Countries based on 2017 data is shown in the chart below. Surprisingly  China was the top producer last year beating Australia and South Africa. Many investors myself included may not know that China mines gold let alone being the largest gold producer in the world. Click to enlarge Source: Top 10 …

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Why Gold Is Better Than Gold Mining Stocks

Gold is always a better investment than gold mining companies. This is because unlike physical gold gold miners involve more risk. For example, miners are exploration firms who do no know if and how much gold can be extracted from the ground. Even if gold is mined efficiently prices of the precious metal can be …

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Gold vs. S&P 500 Since 1999: Chart

Gold has outperformed the S&P 500 Index and S&P 500 Total Return Index since 1999 by a substantial margin. According to a post by By Frank Holmes of U.S. Global Investors, stocks have lagged gold even when considering returns with dividends reinvested. Click to enlarge Source: Could the Stars Be Aligned for $1,500 Gold?, U.S. Global Investors Related ETF: …

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Performance of Gold vs. Other Asset Classes: Chart

Gold is an important asset to own. During times of capital market contractions gold can act as a cushion and help protect a portfolio from severe declines. The following chart shows the performance of gold over other asset classes in different time periods: Click to enlarge Source: The Many Uses of Gold, US Funds Related ETF: …

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Gold Offers Protection During Market Downturns

Gold is an important asset class that investors should not avoid. Though gold does not produce income such as dividends from stocks for example, they offer many other advantages. For example, gold has low co-relation to equities and traditionally offer downside protection to a diversified portfolio during adverse market conditions. When equity markets crash investors …

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Gold Price vs. S&P 500 Returns From 1961 Thru July 2017: Chart

Gold prices closed at $1,280 an oz. today. After a few years of steady decline prices have been slowly climbing back up. In general, gold is considered as a safe haven asset as gold tends to be strong when equities fall. According to a recent article at Schroder’s gold does in fact performs well in weak equity …

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