That was easy. 100% of readers who responded to our informal survey yesterday said they own gold in one form or another:
“Yes, I own physical gold: 18.5 ounces, mostly 1 ounce and 1/10 ounce Maple Leafs. Plus 445 ounces of silver in junk coins.
At today’s prices, that’s $24,205.40 in gold and $6,848.55 in silver. Nice.
And this is the first reader to riff on a theme…
“I hold gold in case the SHTF. And it is a good investment that will hold value over time and probably increase in value, unlike my 401k or IRAs.”
This reader says something along the same lines:
“I own gold coins in 1oz and 1/10 oz size and both pure and 90% silver coins. The reason — when the collapse comes — (and it will) toilet paper and hard assets will be worth more than any hundred-dollar bill.”
Another reader with a variation on a theme:
“I hold both physical gold and silver and gold-related investments. I believe precious metals to be a very good hedge and… WTSHTF it will be the best insurance one can have.”
This from a long-time precious metals enthusiast:
“I have owned gold since 1978 when I bought Krugerrands. I sold 80% in Jan. 1980 on the day gold hit $825 or $850. I have owned gold and silver stocks for some time and prepared to move more money into them upon a breakout.”
Your Rundown for Wednesday, March 20, 2019:
Diversification’s Not A Four-Letter Word
Americans saving for retirement need to be careful of a major pitfall — being too heavily invested in equities.
“If there was a market downturn,” says Fidelity VP Meghan Murphy, “they could lose a significant chunk of what they’ve worked so hard to save.”
And apparently baby boomers’ retirement accounts are most at risk…
A recent Fidelity study shows baby boomers’ accounts, in particular, are pegged to the equities market up to 51%. And that’s just the average. The study finds 8% of boomers have all their eggs in the equities basket.
The opposite — on the other hand — isn’t a workable solution either: being so risk-averse that the only thing you trust to “grow” your retirement account is bonds (yawn).
“You can’t go to 100% bonds because any growth will be eroded by inflation,” says Nate Creviston at Capital Advisors. “Even with our most risk-averse clients, we still need to have some allocation to stocks.”
Absolutely. Ways to build out a diversified retirement portfolio? Mixing traditional bonds, master limited partnerships, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and — of course — hard assets along with exposure to equities is prudent.
When saving for retirement, no one can eliminate risk entirely but, over the long-term, a diversified portfolio is a more secure portfolio.
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Market Rundown for Wed. March 20, 2019
S&P 500 futures are down about 2 points to 2,830.80.
Oil is down 26 cents to $58.77 per barrel.
Gold’s up $1.90 to $1,308.40 per ounce.
Bitcoin’s finally broken through its resistance to $4,021.56.
Have a good day. We’ll talk tomorrow.
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