Copper Better Hedge than Gold

While gold has been the popular inflation hedge over the past ten years, copper was a better bet according to a recent Bloomberg article. “While data show that broad community indexes provided the best bang for the buck during periods of rising costs in the U.S., the red metal stands out. According to the article, […]

Gold and Stocks on Different Paths

The inverse relationship between gold and stocks has never been this pronounced, according to an article in this week’s MarketWatch. However, it also references analysts’ opinions that the two may soon “be poised to rise together as both can benefit from low yields.” Motley Fool’s Sean Williams recently wrote that according to FactSet data, the […]

Is the Gold Hedge Really Just All Hype?

These days, gold looks particularly shiny to investors who are trying to mitigate risk in an uncertain global economy (so far this year, gold is up 29%). But an article in last week’s Wall Street Journal reports findings of two Harvard researchers who say the precious metal doesn’t deserve the hype. Professor Robert Barro and […]

Zweig: Gold Is Not All That Glitters

In the summer of 2015, Jason Zweig wrote an article for The Wall Street Journal in which he claims that investing in gold (which was trading at around $1,130 an ounce) was a “leap in the dark.” In a WSJ blog earlier this month, he writes “Gold is up 20% since I ridiculed it; the […]

George Soros is Feeding the Bear

In recent years, 85-year-old billionaire George Soros hasn’t done much investing of his own. He has instead focused on public philanthropy and public policy (and is a large contributor to the super PAC backing Hillary Clinton). That changed earlier this year when he began spending more time directing trades at his firm Soros Fund Management […]

Soros Beefs Up Hedge against the S&P 500

Soros Fund Management has doubled its put option (the right to sell shares at a specified price) on the SPDR S&P 500 exchange-traded fun (which tracks the benchmark U.S. index), according to an article this week on CNBC. The asset management company founded by billionaire George Soros said it owned an option to sell 2.1 […]

4 Options to Beat Inflation in the Future

A recent piece in Forbes offers 4 suggestions for beating inflation. After noting that “the present 0% rate [of inflation] blends an upward march of 2% in the cost of services with a collapse in the price of oil,” the article observes that “if commodities rebound over several years, 4% inflation could surface.” To protect […]

Ritholtz On What To Learn From The Gold Bust

After a huge decade-long runup, gold has tumbled in recent years, pounding portfolios of many gold bugs. “The mania for gold, like all manias preceding this one, is ending badly,” Barry Ritholtz of FusionIQ and The Big Picture blog explains in a Washington Post column. “And while gold may yet establish a comeback, much of […]

Faber: Big Buying Opportunity In Gold

While gold has tumbled in the past couple days, Marc Faber of the Gloom Boom & Doom Report says he thinks “the bull market in gold is not completed,” and that a major low will occur for gold in the next couple weeks. Faber tells Bloomberg that he thinks gold fundamentals are still intact, and […]

Eveillard: Gold Still Looks Good

Top value investor Jean-Marie Eveillard says that despite its big gains in recent years, gold “cannot be overvalued” in the current environment. “We have, so far, a minor correction,” Eveillard tells King World News. “Had gold become too popular at close to $1,800? I don’t think so, but the thing about gold, you always have […]

Paulsen: Stocks Are Attractive, Gold Is Not

Wells Capital’s Jim Paulsen says the stock market environment “remains very good”, though he advises shifting out of stocks that have done well in the first quarter and into those that have lagged. Paulsen tells CNBC that the S&P 500 may be cheaper than it was when it reached its high of 1365 last year, […]