Global Risks May Bring the Polish to Gold
By Frank Holmes
Domestic stocks have performed well so far this far, with the S&P 500 Index rising 8.5 percent in the first eight months.
But going forward, there are risks investors like you might want to consider—not least of which is the fact that September has traditionally been the worst month for stocks since 1950, according to the 2018 Stock Trader’s Almanac.
Turkey’s economic crisis has potential for contagion, and this week, South Africa slipped back into recession. The Global Manufacturing Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) declined to a 21-month low of 52.8 in July. And on Tuesday, BlackRock Vice Chairman Philipp Hildebrand told CNBC that President Donald Trump’s trade war with China presents “the biggest risk to the global economy.”
In light of all this, it might be prudent to consider boosting your exposure to gold and precious metals, which have historically had a negative correlation to stocks.
What’s more, September has traditionally been gold’s best month of the year. For the 30-year period through August 2018, the yellow metal returned 1.86 percent on average in the ninth month.
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Sep 5, 2018
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