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White Papers

The Relevance of Gold as a Strategic Asset

Gold is a highly liquid yet scarce asset, and it is no one's liability. It is bought as a luxury good as much as an investment. As such, gold can play four fundamental roles in a portfolio:

• a source of long-term returns
• a diversifier that can mitigate losses in times of market stress
• a liquid asset with no credit risk that has outperformed fiat currencies
• a means to enhance overall portfolio performance.

Our analysis shows that adding 2%, 5% or 10% in gold over the past decade to the average pension fund portfolio would have both increased returns and reduced volatility, resulting in higher risk-adjusted returns.

This white paper benchmarks gold relative to other asset classes and demonstrates how gold can potentially improve your portfolio.


Juan Carlos Artigas, Director, Investment Research; Alistair Hewitt, Director, Market Intelligence; Adam Perlaky, Manager, Investment Research; John Reade, Chief Market Strategist

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