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As early as 643 BC, Turkey had been using gold as currency equivalent during barter trade activities. The first gold coin was produced as far back as 560 BC.
In the mid 19th century, the world adopted the “gold standard” to better regulate the global trade activities. This “gold standard” guarantees any monetary amount of paper currency can be exchanged to physical gold according to its equivalent value with the local fiscal agency. This has greatly improve the overall global trade environment and confidence level, and thus promotes healthy growth.
During the great economic recession in 1929, the market confidence collapsed and pushed the gold prices to a record high. Soon after, the United States Federal Reserve Bank stepped in to intervene and stabilized the overall gold price at USD$35/Ounce. Since then, gold has been the standard choice for many countries’ general reserved asset/capital.
It wasn’t till 1970s, when gold reserve could not keep up with the pace of which United States was developing, the gold price was adjusted to USD$38/Ounce. In 1973, the price was again adjusted to USD$42/Ounce.
It wasn’t long before the “gold standard” was soon abolished by the world and price skyrocketed to USD$120/Ounce.
Ever since, gold has been one of the most traded precious metal in the commodity markets around the world.
We have experienced large spike in gold prices, upwards of USD$1900/ Ounce!
Gold has been an age old symbol of strength, command and influence and affluence as well as a true store of value. Virtually indestructible, doesn't rust nor corrode, gold is an asset class unique for its extreme durability and high liquidity. Its malleability and ability to conduct both heat and electricity serves some industry application but it is principally used for jewelry and a form of currency. The value of gold is determined by the market 24 hours a day and is predominantly a function of sentiment as opposed to market forces of supply and demand. Rational is simply because the sheer size of above ground currently hoarded goal outweighs newly discovered supply. Gold cannot be printed or reproduced as compared to currency. The largest, most price insensitive intuitions in the worlds are massive buyers of gold as reserves.
Gold is sought after as the most optimum potential safe haven in time of uncertainties or economic turmoil. When banks and currencies are perceived unstable or in the event of political unrest, gold serves as a safe store of value. Gold is also used to counter inflationary risk when rates of returns from equity, bonds or property become negative. Most importantly, investment into gold offers an attractive opportunity for portfolio diversification with huge potential of reducing overall risk. Gold is a valuable asset class that will continue to be a crucial component of both economical and political systems, It is no wonder the saying goes- to be worth its weight in gold.
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