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World Gold Council – Enhancing The Performance of Alternatives with Gold

In recent years, buy-and-hold investors such as pension funds, endowments, insurance companies, and sovereign wealth funds have gradually increased their investments in alternative assets to diversify their portfolios and boost returns.

‘Alternatives’ make up 23% of SWF portfolios and Insider's Guide to gold and silver24% of global pension funds, up from single digits in 2000.

Alternatives can offer attractive returns but be highly correlated to the stock market during downturns and often require long holding periods. Our research suggests that gold can complement alternatives by providing returns, improving diversification, adding liquidity, and enhancing overall portfolio performance.

The financial gold market is larger than the size of many alternative assets

The estimated size of alternative assets*

World Gold Council

*Based on most recent available data on each market as of December 2017.
Source: Barclays, BIS, JP Morgan, Preqin, REIT.com, World Gold Council


DANIEL FISHER

Daniel Fisher formed physical Gold in 2008, after working in the financial industry for 20 years. He spent much of that time working within the new issue fixed income business at a top tier US bank. In this role, he traded a large book of fixed income securities, raised capital for some of the largest government, financial, and corporate institutions in the world and advised the leading global institutional investors. Daniel is CeFA registered and is a member of the Institute of Financial Planning.

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