What makes gold a strategic asset?

Gold has a key role as a strategic long-term investment and as a mainstay allocation in a well-diversified portfolio. Investors have been able to recognise much of gold’s value over time by maintaining a long-term allocation and taking advantage of its safe-haven status during periods of economic uncertainty.

Gold is a highly liquid asset, which is no one’s liability, carries no credit risk, and is scarce, historically preserving its value over time. It also benefits from diverse sources of demand: as an investment, a reserve asset, gold jewellery, and a technology component. These attributes mean gold can enhance a portfolio in three key ways:

  • Delivering long-term returns 
  • Improving diversification 
  • Providing liquidity

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Combined, these characteristics make gold a clear complement to stocks and bonds and a welcome addition to broad-based portfolios.

Moreover, the shift towards a greater integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) objectives within investment strategies has important implications and we believe gold can play a role in supporting these. Gold — from established investment sources — should be recognised as an asset that is responsibly produced and delivered from a supply chain that adheres to high ESG standards. Gold also has a potential role to play in reducing investor exposure to climate-related risks.

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