Gold as an Investment Asset: Perspectives from Different Countries
Journal of Investing, Fall 1997
Posted: 20 May 1998
The efficiency of gold as a portfolio component over 1978 - 1995 is examined here from the perspective of seven major industrialized countries. Gold offers diversification benefits but dismal performance in terms of a risk-return trade-off. As a result, the inclusion of gold in test portfolios did not provide any increase in risk-adjusted return over the period as a whole. It was an attractive component of a diversified portfolio only for the subperiod 1978 - 1983 and never thereafter.
JEL Classification: G11
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