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Whither Bullion In Samvat 2070?


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Gold has offered negative returns for the first time in fifteen Samvat years.With a price decline of 0.5 per cent or Rs 140 on the last day of  Samvat 2069 ( Saturday), standard gold price in Mumbai’s Zaveri Bazaar recorded a 4.7 per cent decline during the entire Hindu calendar year from the level of Rs 31775 per 10 grams a year ago.

Gold offered around 19 per cent returns in 2068 followed by a handsome over 25 per cent positive returns in the previous three years.

With the steepest fall in 15 years, silver with its close at Rs 49795 a kg, offered 20 per cent loss to consumers this year. The white precious metal had offered 14 per cent negative returns to buyers four years ago in 2064. Read more of this post

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Losing Money On Gold


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The price of gold has tripled in the last six years, giving investors an annual compounded return of nearly 20%. Compared to bank deposit returns of 8% a year and a volatile equity market, it is hard to argue with proselytizers of gold. But gold hasn’t always appreciated year-on-year. In the four years between 1988 and 1992, the price of gold fell every year. Again, between 1994 and 2001, gold prices declined year-on-year. Indeed, in the quarter century between 1980 and 2005, investors in gold lost 11.74% of their capital. The present rise in gold prices, which took off after the Lehman Brothers’ collapse in 2008, may reverse. These are the facts to remember,as you try to decide whether to keep your gold or sell.

Nota Bene


wealthymatters.comCompared to other asset classes, gold has historically outperformed in a wide range of uncertain economic scenarios: deflation (falling prices accompanied by low or negative growth), stagflation (high inflation and low growth as seen in the US in the 70s) and in potential hyper-inflationary outcomes while it tends to lag when the global economy is booming.

Investing in Gold Sovereigns


wealthymatters.comThe  British sovereigns are gold coins with a nominal face value of one pound sterling or twenty shillings.They were first issued in 1489 and still continue to be issued till date. All post-1837 sovereigns are still legal tender in the UK.

The name “sovereign” comes from the large size and portraiture of the coin, the earliest of which showed the king facing, seated on a throne, while the reverse shows the Royal coat of arms on a shield surrounded by a Tudor double rose.

At the height of the British Empire, gold sovereigns were well regarded and accepted as money throughout most of the world and used to settle dues between countries.The gold-standard may be no more, but the good reputation of the gold sovereigns for purity persists to this day and they are  the most widely traded semi-numismatic gold coins in the world.In many parts of the former British Empire sovereigns are included in prized jewellery. There is a ready market for these gold coins worldwide,especially in the commonwealth, so they are pretty liquid investments. Read more of this post

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