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gold and cash as safe havens

Are bank deposits and gold safe havens?

Continuing our look at ‘safe havens’, gold and bank deposits are often considered alternatives to ‘risky’ shares. How have they performed in times of stress, and do they rate as long-term investments at other times?

active fixed interest

Why the times suit active fixed interest

With the 35-year bull market in bonds coming to an end, passive fixed interest portfolios are at the mercy of the index’s high levels of interest rate risk and compositional skew towards low return investments.

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So bond rates are not ‘lower for longer’

Historically low bonds rates have boosted asset prices, but rates are likely to keep rising from this point. While this will cause pain over the next few years, it’s a positive longer term as higher rates mean higher returns.

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