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The role of gold in investment portfolios

What role should gold play in modern portfolio diversification?

We examine some of the history and ongoing debate over owning gold from the context of an investor. Quantitative analysis of gold in different economic and market regimes demonstrates that gold has been valuable for investors as both an alternative source of return and also as a hedge against other asset-class risk. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the study finds that over the period from 1973 to the present, the efficient allocation addition of gold to a typical balanced (60% equity/40% bond) investor portfolio ranged from 5% to 35%, depending on the desired risk preference. Furthermore, the optimal allocation (maximum point on the efficient frontier) was at the 20% mark, as it produced the highest risk-adjusted return.

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