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Why gold should be in your portfolio

Duncan Richardson, News Editor
7 May 2014, 10:18 a.m.

According to Ian Stewart, investment manager of the Newton Real Return fund, gold should be included in every well balanced portfolio. Stewart holds gold as hedge against currency debasement as countries attempt to lower the value of their currency in an attempt to boost exports and increase economic growth.

Stewart added, “We are in the largest collective debasement the world has ever seen, it is a bit of an experiment, it’s been going on for decades but they are really testing it to destruction as there has been competitive devaluation going on across the globe.”

According to data compiled by FE Analytics, physical gold would have provided investors with a 252% return over 10 years whilst the FTSE all share would have returned 126%.

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