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Why Should You Invest In Gold?

May 31, 2008
No matter what the price of gold is, you might wonder why you should invest in it. Historically, investing in gold has been the proven method of maintaining value when stocks are going down, inflation is occurring, and/or the national currency is being devalued. People have invested in gold since the recorded history of time.

Investing in gold is similar to having an insurance policy. If you fear that rough times are ahead, investing in gold would be the right thing to do. Gold is now almost at $1000 per ounce and many people predict it will continue to rise for some time.

Although gold has done very well for the last 5 years, it did not do well prior to that. The 80's and 90's saw very little movement in the price of gold. This is something to take into consideration when deciding whether to invest in gold. Nothing is guaranteed and the current price of gold may not hold as it is already historically high. However, for the concervative investor who wants to protect themselves from inflation and the falling stock market, gold is a good choice for your investment dollar.

The main reason that gold does not lose value over time is that the amount of gold is finite. The price of gold has to do with, among other things, how much of it is mined. As the dollar goes up or down, gold also moves with it. Inflation is a bad thing for the value of the dollar and so people try to protect themselves by investing in gold. Gold has never gone to zero in the history of the world. This is of course much different from stocks of companies that can and do go to zero when a company goes bankrupt. Conservative investors are more likely to be drawn toward gold for this reason that gold will always be worth something.

It is probably not wise however, to put all your investment money into investing in gold. You should pick a percentage that you feel comfortable with such as 10% or 20%. Of course if you feel you really want to be safe and you feel that really tough times are ahead, you might choose to make more of an investment in gold. Whatever you do, you can rest assured that you will will be safe as the current price of gold will in all likelyhood remain constant.
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Are you interested in learning more about the current price of gold and how to invest in it. Also find out were to get cash for gold by selling all your unwanted old jewelry.
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