2013 was certainly a brutal year for precious metals and precious metal miners. Lower metal prices and rising operating costs made it difficult for many miners to log in a good profit last year. So far in 2014, however, many miners have been able to gain significant ground. While this corner of the market typically performs better during times of economic uncertainty, due to the fact that precious metals prices are usually driven higher, this year the commodity has managed to stay afloat despite the overall positive outlook for the economy [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
It seemed like nothing could stanch the flow assets pouring out of gold this past year. As equities rallied and saw new high after new high, gold took a beating as investors flocked to a more lucrative corner of the market. Slowly but surely, however, gold has pulled itself from the depths and was able to break through a key resistance at $1,336/oz. last week. Now, the precious metal sits at a key turning point, as it tries to establish a definitive upward trajectory for the remainder of 2014 [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
As many individual investors have taken a cue from professional and institutional money managers, alternative investments have gone mainstream – and commodities lead the trend. Interest in this asset class has exploded as individual retail investors have discovered commodities’ vast benefits, like low correlation to equities and bonds, inflation-fighting capabilities and their ability to profit from some of the world’s fastest-growing emerging markets. These benefits have made funds like the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (DBC) popular holdings in many portfolios [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Gold mining equities have become increasingly popular in the past few years as the precious metal has watched its price soar. Some even prefer their gold exposure through a firm with earnings, dividends, and more as opposed to owning a commodity and hoping for its price to increase. Two of the most popular options out there are the Market Vectors TR Gold Miners Fund (GDX) and the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ) [for more gold mining news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
In a low rate and relatively uncertain economic environment, dividend yields have been the saving grace of many portfolios. A steady stream of income goes a long way, especially when markets are rocky, as they have been for the latter part of this year. But one problem that many commodity investors face is combining crucial exposure to the hard assets segment while still finding palpable yields [for more commodity dividend news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
The well-known gold bug, Peter Schiff, is not one to shy away from his opinions. He has been very vocal about his feelings on the government, markets, and of course, gold. Schiff has been boasting this precious metal for quite some time, as he has listed off a number of factors weighing into a potential bull run. Among those factors are dollar debasement, a struggling economy, and an approaching fiscal cliff that all make the safe haven commodity even more appealing [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Investing for income has become a popular strategy in recent years, as low rate environments and paltry yields have made a steady stream of income a coveted luxury. Similarly, investing in gold and silver has been surging in popularity as the years have gone on. Investors worried about inflation and a weakening economy have flocked to these precious metals in order to protect their portfolios. But what many investors do not know, is that they can combine these two worlds [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Jim Rogers has long been a commodities bull who is not afraid to share his opinions with the rest of the world. While he admits that he is not one to endorse “top picks”, he does have specific asset classes and commodities that he likes to keep an eye on, one of which is the precious metals sector. Earlier this year, Rogers stated that he thinks gold will suffer a correction before heading back up, which prompted his statement that he owns gold, but is not currently buying or selling. But recently, Rogers pointed out a dangerous sign he sees developing for the precious metal [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
A recent article from CNBC estimated that all the gold ever mined would fit nicely inside two Olympic sized swimming pools. It may not seem like a large amount, but has been enough to support a multi-billion dollar industry of gold investing and jewelry collecting among consumers. Much gold has yet to be mined from below the earth’s surface, and remaining finds have yet to be uncovered. Below are three of the largest gold finds in history, including some of the largest gold deposits, nuggets and collections of the precious metal that has already been converted into jewelry and related goods [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Ron Paul has long been known to make rather bold statements on the U.S. economy. And while he has continued to run for President in recent years, with each campaign being more successful than the last, his views have also made him a popular name in the investing world. Particularly in the precious metals space, Ron Paul has had a lot of sway in recent years with his comments on gold and silver. But he does not stop at just making comments on these two commodities, he takes it a step further and puts his money where his mouth is [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].