Forbes: Gold Has Beaten the Market over Multiple Time Periods
Article by Frank Holmes in Forbes
Global uncertainty made gold a holiday winner for investors seeking a relatively safe haven.
U.S. stocks just logged their worst year since 2008—their worst December since 1931—as fears over global trade, ballooning debt, the end of accommodative central bank policy and a U.S. government shutdown unsettled investors.
Against this backdrop, the price of gold rallied late in 2018, reversing a trend of negative returns and weak investor demand that prevailed for most of the year.
Gold Beat the S&P 500 Index for the Month of December
Gold Beat the S&P 500 Index for the Fourth Quarter
Gold Beat the S&P 500 Index for the Year
With stocks down, gold’s outperformance shouldn’t come as such a shock to most readers.
What might surprise you is that the precious metal has also beaten the market for the century, 345.39 percent versus 70.62 percent, since December 31, 1999.
This tells me that, even though gold is still down from its 2011 peak, investors continue to value it as an attractive store of value.
Strong Gold Investment on Heightened Stock Volatility
Indeed, gold bulls added substantial positions to bullion in December as the metal headed for its biggest monthly advance in two years.
Quincy Krosby, chief market strategist at Prudential Financial, explains why this buying is no fluke. Speaking to Bloomberg, she said that “the market is questioning whether the [Federal Reserve] is making a policy mistake, and that could not only lead to slower growth, but perhaps to a recession.”
Krosby went on to say that when you see this heavy selling in equities, “it’s indicative of fear, and gold [historically] becomes [favored as a relatively] safe-haven allocation.”
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