Gold is, and always has been, a symbol of wealth and status. It’s a tangible asset and, particularly during periods of political and economic uncertainty, an attractive investment opportunity.
As with all investments, there are risks and rewards. But if you want to diversify your portfolio, preserve wealth, and use the precious metal as a hedge against market headwinds, gold is the “go-to”.
At the beginning of 2016, gold was trading at $1,060.80 an ounce. Since then, it has continued to gain value – analysts predict it will reach $1,500 by year’s end.
The current price is by no means approaching the metal’s record high. However, various factors are driving up the price of the lustrous metal:
Although predicting the best time to invest in gold is not an exact science, history tells us that times of uncertainty present the greatest opportunity.
The global economy is still struggling to recover and, with Trump ruling the United States and division within the ANC at home, political uncertainty is greater than ever. Arguably, this is the perfect time to buy gold.
It’s worth mentioning that gold has been on a long-term winning streak for several years now. There’s no guarantee that this streak won’t end.
Buying small quantities of the precious metal whenever you can, rather than making a larger investment, is a viable strategy.
Due to fluctuations in the dollar value of gold, you’ll have the advantage of paying lower average prices. If you’re serious about investing for the long haul, monitor the major influencers outlined above, keep an eye on the gold price and take the plunge whenever there’s a dip in value.
There are several ways to invest in gold. In South Africa, you can buy:
Gold has shown a gain of 6.5 percent in the past month. It’s an asset class that dazzles during darker times.
If you’re experiencing cash flow problems or have unexpected expenses and need funds quickly, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should sell your Krugerrands, gold jewellery or other gold items.
Instead, you may be able to use these items to obtain an asset-based, short-term loan.
At lamna, we offer fast, discreet loans against the value of a wide range of assets, including gold and luxury watches, jewellery, antiques and artwork, as well as paid-up vehicles. For more information about using an asset to secure a short-term loan, contact us on 086 111 2866 or simply complete and submit our online application form.
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