Last week, I talked about my husband’s adventure in the emergency room with his collapsed lung. Let me say that it’s not an experience I would wish on anyone.
But as doctors and nurses were rushing about preparing the chest tube and snapping X-rays, there was one person who I wasn’t worried about in this chaos — the kind lady from billing.
I handed over my insurance and credit cards and simply said: “Go.”
It wasn’t that we had a huge wad of cash just sitting around, waiting for a hospital bill.
I knew what our deductible was. Our insurance would pick up the rest no matter how long my husband was stuck in the hospital.
Having insurance in place to take the worry away about potential costs, I could focus on the important thing. In this case, it was talking my husband through having a tube stuck in the side of his chest.
Insurance gives us confidence to move forward and focus on important things. Goals. Dreams. Family. And as the markets get rocky, it’s important that you have the confidence to make smart decisions…
Germany wants to build the confidence of its people.
So it has called its gold home. As part of a five-year program, Germany has brought home 374 metric tons of gold from vaults in Paris. That’s $15 billion worth of the yellow metal. The final shipment of 91 metric tons was moved earlier this year to Frankfurt.
In addition, Germany moved 300 metric tons of gold from New York to Frankfurt. Some of Germany’s gold remains in the U.S. Now, more than half of the country’s $140 billion stockpile of gold is home in Frankfurt.
Germany moved most of its gold to London, Paris and New York during the Cold War to protect it from possible theft by the Soviet Union in the event of an invasion. The Bundesbank stated that it has brought its gold home to “build trust and confidence domestically.”
That safe haven for wealth doesn’t just work for large countries. Gold is a critical component of your portfolio as well.
The Global Safe Haven Bet
We’ve all heard it: Gold is an eyesore. Gold is a wasted opportunity. Gold has no place in the investment world today.
But for all the hate that investors pile on gold, the precious metal continues to be a hedge against volatility in uncertain times. It is a place to store wealth. An insurance policy against disaster.
Don’t believe me? Check out the gold holdings of these countries:
Just seven countries hold more than 20,993 metric tons of gold in reserve. That’s physical gold stored in vaults around the globe!
These same countries are struggling with debt, slow economic growth, high unemployment, high health care costs and much more. Couldn’t all this gold be better served tackling these problems rather than sitting in vaults if the precious metal is so worthless?
But gold isn’t worthless. It isn’t an eyesore.
Holding gold makes us feel safe. It means that we have a backup plan in place in case something goes truly wrong, because we have always valued gold.
It’s unrealistic to expect gold to rally 100% in a year like a flashy tech stock, because that’s not gold’s job.
Gold’s job is to steadily grow in value when people lose confidence in their government, currency or even economy.
As Jeff Yastine, editor of Total Wealth Insider, stated earlier this month: “No one really knows what the outcome will be as America, and indeed the rest of the world, faces up to the challenge of repairing and reviving a troubled economic landscape. Gold offers an alternative — a way to diversify your wealth.”
Your Gateway to Gold
Adding gold to your portfolio doesn’t have to be a difficult task.
Some investors prefer to invest in gold mining stocks, but they offer an extra element of risk.
With a gold miner, you’re not purely investing in gold, but in a company that is digging for the metal. You could be contending with management and debt issues that impact the performance of the stock.
Another option is to invest in a gold exchange-traded fund (ETF) such as the SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEARCA:GLD). The ETF simply follows the price of gold, but you don’t hold the physical gold.
And a final option is to buy gold bullion.
Regardless of which option you choose, it’s critical to get your gold insurance policy in place to protect your portfolio. The next disaster is always just around the corner.