Markets finish week down after bouncing on Bannon's exit >>> READ MORE

The 3 Dumbest Investments You Can Make

In fact, the worst investments aren't even investments -- they are gambles

    View All  

The Worst Investments You Can Make: CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (FXB)

The Worst Investments You Can Make: CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (FXB)Expenses: 0.4%

Another of the world’s worst investments is currencies.

Just like gold, currencies are a function of supply and demand, as well as the macroeconomic fortunes of a given country. Not only that, they are subject to the political stability of a given country and even a given region.

There’s no investment to be made unless, like gold, you somehow manage to jump into a currency at a time when it begins a sustained upward move. That’s market timing, also known as gambling, and that is not an investment.

Currencies, like gold, may act as a hedge in certain sophisticated circumstances, but good luck on timing that investment correctly.

Think about the United Kingdom. It seems like the UK is thriving, with great economic growth, good times, and soaring real estate prices. Yet Guggenheim CurrencyShares British (NYSEARCA:FXB) has fallen about 40% since 2008.

Stay away from all of these. They are as bad as dropping money into a slot machine.

Lawrence Meyers is the CEO of PDL Capital, and manager of the forthcoming Liberty Portfolio stock newsletter. As of this writing, has no position in any stock mentioned. He has 22 years’ experience in the stock market, and has written more than 1,600 articles on investing. Lawrence Meyers can be reached at

Article printed from InvestorPlace Media,

©2017 InvestorPlace Media, LLC