Gold vs. International Stocks

Gold vs international stocks is the story of true wealth versus paper assets that are completely dependent on some company's performance and the performance of the economies in which their stocks are listed.

The story is best told by the charts below. They show very clearly that, although some countries' stock exchanges have fared better than others, none of them can compare to gold in reliability and solid upward trajectory during the last decade. Yet, the financial press still portrays gold as a "risk trade". Please judge for yourself:

DAX 2001-2011 Hang Seng 2000-2011 SHanghai Exchange 2000-2011 BOVESPA 2001-2011

Of course, as always in financial matters, past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Once the message of these charts is clearly understood, it becomes necessary - no, crucial - for every responsible adult to start weighing his or her retirement investment options in gold. A financial future planned without gold and silver just does not make sense anymore.