The author of this article presses the case for precious metals when used in estate planning and wealth preservation. Recent moves in the gold price certainly add fresh edge to the argument.
Precious metals such as gold play an important role in
protecting wealth, and the case for gold, for example, has been
given fresh impetus by its price rise of over $2,000 per ounce in
recent days. Gold remains an important wealth management and
private banking asset.
To discuss these issues is Joshua Rotbart, of his eponymous
Rotbart & Co. In March, the boutique firm unveiled
a partnership with Blockpass, a blockchain-driven
KYC-as-a-service platform business. J Rotbart & Co works with
clients in Singapore and Hong Kong to sell, buy, store and ship
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Precious metals, especially gold, have maintained their standing
as symbols of prosperity and wealth throughout human history. As
limited resources that must be mined and extracted, their
scarcity adds to their value.
This value has grown steadily over time, often outpacing other
investments such as stocks and fiat currencies. Precious metals
have withstood historic cataclysms, protecting their owners’
wealth through economic turmoil since the dawn of civilization,
and have allowed them to pass on their fortune to their heirs for
Physical precious metals, such as gold bullion bars and coins,
continue to be a prudent and reliable safe haven for wealth
preservation and should be seriously considered during estate
Precious metals preserve wealth
While many people believe that fiat currencies are only worth the
paper they are printed on, precious metals have always been held
in high esteem. History has stood by precious metals as a store
of value and tangible assets that are easily transferable and
Gold and silver were used as currency for thousands of years,
long before countries established their own fiat currencies. Even
then, and all the way to the 20th century, they valued their fiat
currencies based on a gold standard, meaning that fiat currencies
were pegged directly to gold. Today, government central banks are
still procuring gold (1), to have a larger degree of financial
freedom and to bolster their fiat currencies, further confirming
gold’s status in wealth preservation.
Gold withstands economic turmoil
As of this publication, economies around the world are reeling
from the effects of COVID-19. But as fiat currencies and stock
markets are plunging and wildly fluctuating, gold has held strong
(2), even soaring in value. During turbulent times such as these,
investors realise the benefits of precious metals such as gold.
There are no counterparties (3) to contend with, nor are there
regulatory limitations or obstacles hindering purchases, trades
or sales, which is what may face holders of ETFs, or “paper
gold”, and other financial instruments such as shares.
Gold is proving itself once again as a great hedge against market
downturns as physical gold is a stable and relatively risk free
asset. Investors turn to physical gold in times of distress as it
is not issued by a single authority and cannot go into default.
Gold is a tangible asset owned fully and directly by its holders.
Gold has been a trusted asset against financial meltdowns through
the course of history (great examples can be seen during the 2001
and 2008 financial crisis), as investors turn to gold to hedge
Gold ETFs and ’paper gold‘ are as good as the company that issued
them, meaning that, if the issuing company goes into default or
goes bankrupt, it is likely that the investors will not be able
to be fully compensated based for their “paper” holdings.
Economic policies can affect gold prices
In addition to unpredictable or collapsing markets, governments
are stepping in to help by implementing quantitative easing (QE).
QE is a policy whereby a central bank injects more money into
circulation on order to increase money supply and investments in
the markets through such actions as buying government bonds. The
idea is that, with low interest rates and more money available,
banks will lend more, and businesses will continue to operate.
Unfortunately, QE can lead to inflation and money losing its
value when more and more of it is being printed. This often
negatively impacts most investment instruments except for gold,
as its value tends to increase with inflation (4).
Precious metals should be part of every investor’s
Experts (5) highly recommend diversifying wealth portfolios with
precious metals. Investors want their investments to at least
maintain its value, but they prefer to see these nest eggs grow
Precious metals such as gold are not only an excellent hedge
against market downturns, but analysts time and time again see
gold as a sensible, if not profitable, asset class for the future
(6). Gold is a great diversifier to one’s portfolio as it
combines minimum risk with long-term price appreciation. If the
economy is doing well, gold is purchased in the form of jewellery
and investment for the future. If the economy is doing badly,
gold usually acts as a balancer to the investment portfolio.
Physical gold bullion, whether in coins or bars, is a tangible
commodity that does require planning and forethought when
purchasing. They are valuable assets and vital for protecting
your wealth and your family’s future, so you want to ensure that
it is bought, stored, and allocated securely and done so in a
professional manner with a reputable company.