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1 March 2006 Financial Analysts Journal Volume 62, Issue 2

Do Precious Metals Shine? An Investment Perspective

  1. David Hillier
  2. Paul Draper
  3. Robert Faff

The investment role of precious metals in financial markets is investigated by analysis of daily data for gold, platinum, and silver from 1976 to 2004. All three precious metals have low correlations with stock index returns, which suggests that these metals may provide diversification within broad investment portfolios. Moreover, the data reveal that all three precious metals have some hedging capability, particularly during periods of "abnormal" stock market volatility. Financial portfolios that contain precious metals perform significantly better than standard equity portfolios.

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