7 Signs You Should Add Gold to Your Portfolio Now

#1: Interest rates are still near record lows…

Gold got crushed in the post-election rally, but a little over five months into 2017, the yellow metal is up 10.5%—making it one of the best-performing assets of the year so far.

While the outlook for the U.S. economy is more positive than it was 12 months ago, if we zoom out for a moment, the big picture “ain’t so rosy.”

Gold has historically done well in times of uncertainty and panic… and with these seven worrisome signs, there could be plenty ahead.

#1: Interest Rates Are Still Near Record Lows

In the wake of the financial crisis, the Fed lowered the federal funds rate—the main determinate of interest rates—to 0%. That zero-interest-rate-policy (ZIRP) has had wide-ranging implications for conservative investors.

And even though the Fed has been hiking rates recently, rates are still nowhere near a range that would provide savers and income investors the healthy 4–6% yields they saw before the 2008 Financial Crisis.

Source: St. Louis Fed

Source: St. Louis Fed

Gone are the days when people could keep their savings in a bank account and watch their money compound. This is also a major problem for pension funds (and retirees) that rely on high-grade investments like U.S. Treasuries to earn returns.

Which brings us to…

#2: Bonds Offer Measly Returns

 Full story at Forbes

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