Gold shines through in tough markets

Supply is reducing and money is flowing back into gold-based funds...for Australian investors it's a sector offering enticing prospects.

Summary: Gold delivered a modest appreciation in 2015, making it a winner compared with the negative 34 per cent return delivered by mining stocks. The falling Australian dollar was behind the rise and local producers have had a strong 12 months. Investors should consider the debates about supply and their own views on the future of the Australian dollar. 

Key take out: It's unclear whether a sustainable revival will occur, but gold remains an asset that can provide a safety net against currency inflations.

Key beneficiaries: General investors. Category: Shares.

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