KHALEEJ TIMES, Saturday, Mar 18, 2023 | Sha'ban 26, 1444
Why you should invest in gold in these uncertain times
Is this the right time to invest in cryptocurrencies? What are the pitfalls,
more so after the FTX disaster and the banking collapse in the US?
The recent collapse of banks in US has drawn the attention of the whole world
and tremors are being felt across the financial system globally. Central banks
will now step up their vigilance to avert any further cracks in the financial
In this era of uncertainty, thinking of investing in crypto assets is certainly
not a viable option. While we call it “cryptocurrency”, the central banks of the
world have negated this interpretation and they maintain that they are the only
institutions who can deal with native currencies.
Again, cryptos are also traded in fiat currency, like any other investment
product and yet, the regulations for crypto trading are still at a nascent stage
which can lead to setbacks for investors, with FTX being case in point. Unless
regulators enact suitable legislations and grant all the requisite clearances
for trading in crypto assets, they remain a risky bet.
Investing in crypto assets involves high risk as they are complex investment
products. Unless you have clearly understood the pitfalls and you are prepared
for any eventuality including loss of capital, you should not be investing any
of your hard-earned money in crypto. The mere fact that prices for these crypto
assets have dropped considerably is certainly not a criterion for investment.
On the contrary, there are abundant options available in the market for you to
invest, from equities to bonds and so on. Please spend some time to analyse
these investment options and consider associated risks before you make a choice
Is gold a safe investment in these uncertain times? How much gold should I buy
every month? I am 30 years old and work in tech.
The world is and will continue to evolve at a rapid pace. In this journey, there
are uncertain times when gold is considered as safe haven. Your age is ideal to
start allocating part of your monthly earnings for investment. At this stage,
please do not miss out on building up an emergency corpus that may come to handy
in challenging times. From your monthly earnings, you may allocate part of the
amount for investment. From the total amount available for investment, you may
choose to contribute 10 to 15 % of the overall investment amount in gold and
instruments related to gold. The rest of the amount available for investment may
be allocated cautiously in investment products of your choice that you have
identified after some research and analysis. These allocations should be
considered from a long term
perspective, away from daily volatility and price changes. Stock markets are
volatile, and investment is always subject to market risk. Needless to add that
you should also set aside funds for enhancing your skills to keep pace with the