Gold and Silver Outshine the Equities Market
Stock markets fell in August across North America and Europe in general. 🙁 But there is a silver lining. Precious metal companies managed to do quite well. A couple of months ago I explained why silver is a great investment for 2019, and how it’s more undervalued than gold. I disclosed buying 300 shares of Wheaton Precious Metals (WPM) in July because I thought the price of silver would continue to rise. Thankfully it did. My net worth today is $2,000 higher because of that one investment decision. 🙂 Hurray!
Besides WPM I also own shares in Newmont Goldcorp (NGT.) If I didn’t have so much silver and gold related assets in my portfolio my net worth surely would have dropped in August. But diversification saved the day and I managed to grow my wealth by $4,100.
Gold had been in the dumps for several years since 2013. Its price dipped to a low of US$ 1060/oz in 2016. However things are looking very different now. Since the start of this year gold’s price has grown by 21%. It’s one of the best performing asset classes of 2019 so far, currently trading at $1548/oz. But silver has performed even better at 24% return year to date. The price of silver had a large rally last week and is now sitting at $19.17/oz. 🙂 Precious metals are making a comeback this year, due to more dovish monetary policies worldwide and the uncertainty of the U.S. and China trade war.
Liquid’s Financial Update
*Side Incomes: = $2,700
- Part time job =$900
- Freelance = $400
- Dividends =$1000
- Interest = $400
*Discretionary Spending: = $2,200
- Food = $400
- Miscellaneous = $300
- Interest expense = $1300
*Net Worth: (ΔMoM)
- Total Assets: = $1,372,600 (+600)
- Cash = $7,600 (+2100)
- Canadian stocks = $189,500 (+300)
- U.S. stocks = $135,300 (-1600)
- U.K. stocks = $20,700 (-800)
- Retirement = $134,800 (+200)
- Mortgage Funds = $36,600
- P2P Lending = $36,100 (+400)
- Home = $367,000 (assessed land value)
- Farms = $445,000
- Total Debts: = $389,700 (-3,500)
- Mortgage = $186,900 (-400)
- Farm Loans = $163,400 (-400)
- Margin Loans = $35,400 (-700)
- Line of Credit = $4,000 (-2000)
*Total Net Worth = $982,900 (+$4,100 / +0.4%)
All numbers are in $CDN at 0.75/USD
I have been an advocate of gold and silver since 2011, suggesting everyone should have at least a little bit of each in their portfolios. The value of my 1 kilogram Arctic coin has held up nicely in Canadian dollars. I have been slowly buying more bullion over the years at lower prices than today and stashing them away.
The problem with holding precious metals is they don’t pay a dividend like many stocks do. So most of my money is kept in the financial markets, and only 3% to 5% of my assets is held in gold and silver to combat inflationary pressures. Gold usually doesn’t do well when the economy is humming along, but during times like 2019, it really shines. 😀
The best time to buy gold and silver are during those dull years, such as between 2013 and 2018, when precious metals didn’t really go anywhere. That’s what it means to have a long term investment mindset. 🙂 Most people don’t do this and simply try to chase the market or short term trend. That’s why most people don’t become rich. By the time a cyclical asset becomes exciting and popular again the opportunity to buy it at a low price is lost.
Random Useless Fact:
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