Reasons To Own Gold (5 of 9)by Tony Daltorio
Geopolitical Uncertainty: Gold retains its value not only in times of financial uncertainty, but in times of geopolitical uncertainty. It is often called the "crisis commodity", because people flee to its relative safety when world tensions rise; during such times, it often outperforms other investments. For example, gold prices experienced some of their largest recent movements during periods of tension with Iran and Iraq in 2007 and 2008. Its price often rises the most when confidence in governments is low.
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