The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit all-time highs last week, spawning a wave of euphoric headlines across the financial media. What’s truly impressive is that buyers continue to step in at virtually every pullback, which is quite the risky maneuver when you consider the stellar run-up seen on Wall Street since the November 16 lows last year [for more market news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Gold investing has long been a popular option for investors looking to diversify their holdings. The precious metal is actively traded by a number of individuals and institutions, but is also held by a number of other investors as well. It has become a popular safe haven as there seems to be very few safe options left, especially now that the Swiss franc has been pegged to the euro. A gold allocation can also act as a hedging tool in a portfolio, as the metal’s price typically moves inversely when compared to major equity benchmarks, generally offering nice returns when broad markets are slumping [see also The Ultimate Guide To Gold Investing].