Gold and Silver

These are a few of the current reasons to hold 5% to 15% of a portfolio in gold and silver. Recently Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa teaming up to unseat the US dollar as the worlds reserve currency has vaulted to the top of the list.

Inflation protection is the most common reason to hold gold and silver. A pre-1933 silver dollar buys roughly the same amount of groceries or gas in 1950 as it does today.

Having an inverse relationship with the stock market is extremely important when it comes to the long term survival of a retirement portfolio. Take a look at these five stock market meltdowns and how the value of pre-1933 gold and silver coins has reacted.