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The Death of Gold

Remember that...?
BACK in December 1997, the Financial Times ran a now-infamous article titled "Death of Gold" writes Frank Holmes at US Global Investors.
In it, the author Kenneth Gooding claimed that as an investment "gold is a goner".
The crises of the past 10 years – the 1987 stock market crash, the Gulf War, Asia's financial meltdown – had not resulted in higher demand, as one might expect.
Gold was now a "mere metal" and a "bad investment," Gooding concluded.
But as it happened, reports of gold's death were greatly exaggerated. The next decade saw the precious metal steadily rise in price, eventually hitting a then-record $1921 an ounce in August 2011, for an increase of approximately 580% from when the FT published its obituary.
Fast forward to today, and the same gloomy prognoses are being made about the "barbarous relic", often by people who least understand it. And just as Gooding was proven wrong, today's doomsayers will end up with egg on their face, I believe.
Gold performed as expected following last month's monster consumer price index (CPI) report. It showed inflation skyrocketing 6.2% in October compared to last year. After already setting its longest winning streak since May, the yellow metal broke out of its downward trend going back to August 2020, when it hit its all-time high of $2073.
As I've said before, you shouldn't expect to get rich investing in gold. It's not Tesla stock or Bitcoin. Instead, I believe it should be held as a hedge against poor monetary and fiscal policy. This is precisely why nearly every central bank on the planet has gold on its balance sheet.
Speaking of balance sheets, the Federal Reserve's asset purchases continue to rise to unprecedented levels, despite Jerome Powell's earlier announcement that the bank would begin tapering this month. According to Bloomberg's Lisa Abramowicz, official holdings now stand at a record $8.58 trillion, or about a third of US gross domestic product (GDP).
This, as well as blistering inflation, have prompted buyers to gobble up American Eagle gold coins at a healthy clip this year. According to the World Gold Council (WGC), 2021 coin sales at the US Mint have totaled more than 1 million ounces through the end of October, the greatest amount since 2010. Sales are on track to be the best in over two decades, the WGC says.
With inflation at an approximately 30-year high, I believe it's only rational and wise to have gold in your portfolio. As always, I recommend a 10% weighting, with 5% in bars, coin and 24-karat jewelry, and the other 5% in high-quality gold mining stocks and ETFs. Remember to rebalance once a year or even once a quarter.

Frank Holmes is chief executive officer and chief investment officer of US Global Investors Inc., a registered investment adviser managing approximately $4.8 billion in 13 no-load mutual funds and for other advisory clients. A Toronto native, he bought a controlling interest in US Global Investors in 1989, after an accomplished career in Canada's capital markets. His specialized knowledge gives him expertise in resource-based industries and money management.

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