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Gold: Insurance for Prudent Investors, Precious Metals Reduce Risk & Preserve Wealth

Commodities / Gold & Silver 2020 Nov 27, 2020 - 05:05 PM GMT

By: Nick_Barisheff

Commodities

Responsible homeowners and landlords insure their property against fires, floods and violent storms. Sensible motorists insure their vehicles against inadvertent fender benders and costly collisions. Prudent investors own precious metals to protect financial assets from currency debasement, stock market meltdowns and economic collapse.

Reducing risk and avoiding financial loss is the purpose of insurance. Precious metals is the insurance plan that everyone needs – especially now. Like insurance, precious metals safeguard financial assets, reducing risk and loss. This is because gold is the most negatively correlated asset to financial assets.


They also offer peace of mind and preserve wealth during financial storms, unchecked debt expansion, and unforeseen political and geopolitical events – similar to what we are facing today.

Most people view gold, silver and platinum as commodities, and speculators trade the metals for short-term profit. Savvy savers, on the other hand, own bullion bars and coins as a long-term financial safe haven because they regard gold and silver as money and the foundation of the monetary system for thousands of years.

When assessing risk, each homeowner, auto owner and precious metal owner must determine if they’re adequately insured to protect their property, possessions and financial assets. The amount of coverage required depends upon one’s short- and long-term investment objectives, financial circumstances and comfort level.

Most home and business owners insure the contents of their property as well as the structure. Some auto owners carry only liability insurance on older models, while others prefer full coverage, especially on rare collector cars or newer vehicles with outstanding loan balances.

As with homeowner’s and car insurance, individuals and institutions who acquire precious metals must decide how much bullion they need to secure their financial portfolios during periods of inflation, deflation, stagflation and hyperinflation. The greater the perceived risk or potential loss, the higher the proportion of bullion needed.

Some savers are satisfied holding 5 to 10 percent of their financial assets in physical gold and silver. Those who perceive a greater risk or loss—and desire a higher comfort and security level—prefer a higher percentage, ranging from 10 to 20 percent. Below is a comparative performance table based on holding 5, 10 and 20 percent in gold since 2000.

For those who buy and hold precious metals as insurance against currency debasement and financial calamity, it’s imperative to ensure your bullion is protected against theft and loss. Here are some factors to consider when deciding how and where to store your gold and silver stockpile:

  • Banks don’t insure precious metals stored in personal safe deposit boxes and customers have no proof of what is in the safety deposit box.
  • Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) that track gold, silver and platinum prices don’t insure unallocated metal holdings.
  • Home insurance policies don’t cover bullion without a rider and additional premiums. Insurance on bullion stored at your home, if you can get it, is far more expensive than fees charged for allocated custodial storage.

Self-storage can also expose the owner to theft and home invasion. That’s why storing insured precious metals on an allocated basis in an LBMA member-vault is preferable. To protect the bullion owner, allocated custodial agreements must specify insurance and storage fees as well as the refiner, serial number, exact weight, and purity for each bar. The ownership details are necessary to validate which bullion bars belong to which investors. It will also provide proof of ownership should the custodian declare bankruptcy. It also attests the bullion is the property of the owner, not the custodian. If you’re not paying reasonable fees for insured storage, you probably don’t legally own the bullion.

As a result, the expenses of BMG’s mutual funds are slightly higher than a typical mutual fund that only holds paper assets. BMG’s custodian maintains insurance for all risks except for war, nuclear incident or government confiscation.

The best insurance is the kind you hope you never need to use. If that’s the case, bullion can provide peace of mind and wealth preservation for posterity. Like life insurance, precious metals can offer benefits to your family members and descendants for generations to come.

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By Nick Barisheff

www.bmgbullion.com

Nick Barisheff is the founder, president and CEO of Bullion Management Group Inc., a company dedicated to providing investors with a  secure, cost-effective, transparent way to purchase and hold physical bullion. BMG is an Associate Member of the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA).

Widely recognized as international bullion expert, Nick has written numerous articles on bullion and current market trends, which have been published on various news and business websites. Nick has appeared on BNN, CBC, CNBC and Sun Media, and has been interviewed for countless articles by leading business publications across North America, Europe and Asia. His first book $10,000 Gold: Why Gold’s Inevitable Rise is the Investors Safe Haven, was published in the spring of 2013. Every investor who seeks the safety of sound money will benefit from Nick’s insights into the portfolio-preserving power of gold. www.bmgbullion.com

© 2020 Copyright Nick Barisheff - All Rights Reserved Disclaimer: The above is a matter of opinion provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. Information and analysis above are derived from sources and utilising methods believed to be reliable, but we cannot accept responsibility for any losses you may incur as a result of this analysis. Individuals should consult with their personal financial advisors.


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