Much has been said about the value of investing in precious metals, and to many investors, no metal holds more “weight” than gold.
In August of 1971, President Richard Nixon set off a figurative “gold rush” when he ended the gold standard, or the ability to convert paper money directly into gold. The U.S. moved to a fiat currency system. The government now simply prints paper money--which has no literal value--and its citizens rely on it as a trusted source of payment.
But despite our paper money system, the “gold rush” has continued into the present day. Why does gold continue to be an appealing investment, decades after the U.S. gold standard? Is gold really a good investment?