What Is Better in the Long Term: Gold or Cryptocurrency?

Which Is Better in the Long Term: Gold or Cryptocurrency?

If you’re a fan of gold, you’re familiar with its long-term appeal and performance potential. You also might be familiar with a relatively new asset, Bitcoin, which is a cryptocurrency that’s been dubbed “digital gold.” But how do cryptocurrency and—more specifically—Bitcoin and gold compare? Are we looking at a new form of gold? The History…

What Are Alternative Assets?

What Are Alternative Assets?

Are you stuck in the same old rut of adding stocks and bonds to your retirement portfolio? It might be time to learn about another asset category—alternative assets. We explain what they are, how they’re different from traditional assets, and how you can work them into your retirement portfolio for greater diversification. What Are Alternative…

4 Ideas for "Future-Proofing" Your Financial Portfolio

4 Ideas for “Future-Proofing” Your Financial Portfolio

Future-proofing your financial portfolio is about more than picking stocks and watching the markets. You need to consider diversifying with assets (both traditional and alternative), accounting for inflation, and making legacy plans, among other actions. You need to consider “future-proofing” your portfolio. What Is Future-Proofing? As defined by the Principles of Future-Proofing website principlesoffutureproofing.com, the…

How Are Gold Coin Prices Determined?

How Are Gold Coin Prices Determined?

How can two 1 oz. gold coins have two different prices? It’s a curious thing! Both coins are just 1 oz. of gold, right? There’s more to it than that. Many factors go into the price of a gold coin. Even though gold coins may look relatively the same, appearances aren’t everything. Follow along as…

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Why Do Central Banks Buy Gold?

Central banks around the world have been quietly buying gold for nearly a decade, reports the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), and have been net buyers every year since 2008. Their demand for gold jumped from less than two percent of total world demand in 2010, to 14 percent in 2014, adds the…

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Gold Bars vs. Gold Coins?

You already recognize the important role gold can play in strengthening your portfolio and protecting your wealth. After all, gold “generated better returns in 2016 than 10-year Treasuries and the U.S. dollar, which performed half as well,” acknowledges Frank Holmes, CEO of U.S. Global Investors. But have you ever wondered about different forms of gold?…