It’s been a long break, but we’re back under new ownership . We’ll have some content coming along shortly, but for now I wanted to get something going live. So without further ado, here’s a guest blog post on a topic that we’re all seeing all over the place – gold.
Many financial investors in recent years have recommended gold as a safe investment, and even a sort of safe haven, for people’s money. Indeed, in recent years the pricing of gold has been fairly strong, and the market for this particular resource has been relatively stable with regard to other markets, as well as the general economy in many of the world’s more financially influential countries. When you really think about it, gold is almost a strange investment to begin with, as it is, quite literally, a substance that serves no function other than to support value. Still, investing in gold at places like http://www.bullionvault.com remains a popular practice for people looking to store and grow their finances – but are these sorts of investments as stable and reliable now as they have been in recent years?
One reason that gold is usually seen as a particularly stable investment source is that its prices tend to fluctuate independently of individual economies. The world values gold differently than other resources, stocks and markets, which results in a very independent investment source that can remain stable in times of turbulent economies. Lately, with the United States economy and many of the larger European economies struggling mightily, people have looked to gold for this stability, and it has been a relatively strategic investment.
At the outset of 2012, gold value remained strong, as the price of gold increased 10% just in the month of January. However, just a few months later, the net increase in this price for the first financial quarter is just 6%, which indicates that growth has slowed, and even reversed to some extent. While these numbers do not demonstrate an alarming trend, and do not necessarily provide a reason not to trust gold moving forward, the reason behind them may do just that.
Again, gold is often sought after as a safe investment when economies struggling – however, over the course of the past few months, some of the world’s larger economies have actually been showing signs of recovery. In the United States in particular, economists have hinted at the possibility that the economy may be beginning the process of getting back on its feet; and, though this process will doubtless be a long and slow one, the signs of its beginning have restored faith in more traditional investment opportunities, as well as the value of the U.S. dollar and the strength of the economy as a whole. While we are only talking about trends over the course of a few months, these sorts of indications may signal a bit of a decrease in the strength of gold in the short term time to come, at least.