Precious metals don’t provide a steady stream of income and sometimes require an annual storage fee. However, it could still make sense to invest in them for several reasons. First, the demand for gold in China and India is huge, and central banks all over the world buy them to hedge against political turmoil, hyperinflation, invasion, economic warfare, and environmental disasters – things that can happen at any time. Gold is a proven long-term wealth asset that’s useful when the market is sliding deep into crisis.
Gold is also bought as insurance against fiat currencies. When investors lose confidence in the dollar, gold prices go up and vice versa. Currently the price of gold is wavering at around $1,150 – $1,180 per ounce. Fifty years ago an ounce of gold could be traded for about 13 barrels of crude oil. Back then oil was under $10 U.S. a barrel. Today in 2014 oil costs more than $80 a barrel because the U.S. dollar has lost a lot of value. However an ounce of gold today is still worth about 13 barrels oil. 🙂 People often discuss the strength of one currency against another. But in the long run no fiat currency can keep up with real money and hard assets.
One way investors can get exposure to gold and be paid in precious metal dividends is through physical dividend programs. Dividend programs that involve precious metals allow companies to pay shareholders with physical gold and/or silver rather than cash.
Physical dividend programs usually allow stockholders of participating companies to tailor-fit the dividend payouts. The dividends can be purely precious metals payment, or mixed with cash. Investors may change their dividend payout preference whenever they desire. Endeavor Mining Corporation is one of the mining companies that can pay its investors with physical gold. Neil Woodyer, the company’s CEO, said that paying shareholders with the precious yellow metal is part of Endeavor Mining Corporation’s “crusade in rebuilding investor confidence in the gold sector.”
Physical dividend programs sound interesting. I wonder if there are any companies in Canada that offers it.
Random Useless Fact:
1 ton of discarded cell phones contain more pure gold than 1 ton of newly mined gold ore. (source)