Over the last decade, many investors have experienced significant losses or underwhelming returns in their retirement accounts because of the violent fluctuations in the stock market. Even those investors who allocated capital into cash investments like CDs or savings accounts have failed to realize returns that have maintained pace with inflation.
However, those astute investors who placed capital into gold over the past decade have realized tremendous returns in their portfolio. As central governments print money to stimulate the sluggish global economy, the price of the commodity continues to rise. Investing in gold through your 401(k) or IRA retirement account is a savvy tactic for you to protect and growth your wealth.
Traditionally, gold is sold as commodity, but it can be purchased as numismatic coins as well. Unlike other commodities such as coffee or copper, gold doesn’t have many practical applications. Many investment professionals consider this an advantage for the precious metal to maintain its value because it doesn’t depend on a singular industry or sector of the economy. In addition, the price of gold traditionally rises as the price of other asset classes fall. (Related - The Better Investment – Gold or Silver)