Why I Still Won't Buy Gold: Glassman

One reason I won't buy gold is because while stocks rise briskly over time – not every month or year, but certainly every decade – gold does not.

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In early December 2023, gold hit a record price of $2,147 an ounce. Investors are paying attention. With inflation running hot for three years in a row, is now the time to put gold in your portfolio?

Over the years, I have been a leading disparager. Consider just a few of the things I have written about gold in Kiplinger and elsewhere: "I am not a fan of gold" (1999). "Stay away from gold. It is a barbaric relic" (2002). "Let me put my prejudices on the table: I loathe gold" (2014). But is this time different? Let's begin with gold's biggest liability: With the exception of a single decade, it has not been a good long-term investment. 

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James K. Glassman
Contributing Columnist, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
James K. Glassman is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. His most recent book is Safety Net: The Strategy for De-Risking Your Investments in a Time of Turbulence.