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Rate of return of gold as an investment 2002-2018

Rate of return of gold as an investment from 2002 to 2018 (based on the last London Gold Fixing of the year in U.S. dollars)

by M. Szmigiera, last edited Oct 14, 2019
Rate of return of gold as an investment 2002-2018 At the end of 2018, the rate of return for an investment in gold was approximately -0.9 percent. That means that a 100 U.S. dollar investment made at the end of 2017 would have been worth 99.1 U.S. dollars at the end of 2018.
Why is gold valuable?

Gold is a precious metal with a number of practical uses, particularly in technology. For example, NASA uses gold to improve its lasers and protect sensitive things in space, including a part of the visor for its astronauts. However, most of the demand for gold worldwide is as an investment, particularly by central banks. Gold serves the purpose of an alternative to currency because it is relatively scarce but still has enough mine production to serve the financial sector.

Gold as an investment

Under the Bretton Woods agreement after World War II, the world’s major currencies were tied to the value of gold. This system, called the Gold Standard, ended in 1971. Still, most countries maintain significant gold reserves. Due to this history and the overall faith in the value of gold, the average gold price tends to increase in times of recession, making it an attractive investment in uncertain times.
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Rate of return of gold as an investment from 2002 to 2018 (based on the last London Gold Fixing of the year in U.S. dollars)

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