Investing in Precious Metals? Profit With Lesser-Known Options

Investing in Precious Metals - Gold Silver and Platinum - Money Hacks

Consider these excellent alternatives to gold and silver:

Investing in precious metals is a smart decision. These metals tend to keep their value over time, can gain value due to high demand, and are very easy to sell as long as you invest in coins and bullions.

The main advantages of investing in precious metals include diversifying your portfolio, creating a hedge against inflation, and providing you with something to fall back on if your other investments don’t perform well due to a financial crisis.

Gold and silver are by far the most popular options for investors. There are some obvious advantages to adding these metals to your portfolio since they are always in demand. However, lesser-known precious metals provide you with more diversity and could yield better returns.

1.Palladium.This precious metal is used to make catalytic converters for cars. It’s also needed to purify water and manufacture fuel cells.

Demand for palladium is likely to stay strong due to its many industrial uses. In addition, fuel cells are used to power electric cars, an industry that could explode in the next decade. An ounce of palladium currently goes for a little over $600. You could invest in palladium bullions or in the PALL ETF, which holds bullions.

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Asset Allocation Strategies

assets strategy - exampleAsset allocation can be an active process to varying degrees or strictly passive in nature. Whether an investor chooses a precise asset allocation strategy or a combination of different strategies depends on that investor’s goals, age, market expectations and risk tolerance.

Simply stated, asset allocation is investing your money in different categories of assets—typically stocks, bonds and cash equivalents such as money market funds—so your investments are well diversified.

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** These allocations are presented only as options and are not intended as investment advice. The investment mix that is appropriate for you depends on your age, investment horizon, goals and attitude about risk. Please consult Ascendant if you have questions about these options and how they relate to your own financial situation.

The percentage allocations shown above are target allocations as of 4th quarter 2011 as an example. These target allocations, and the actual percentage allocations to each asset class, are subject to change at any time. In addition, the underlying funds included in a portfolio the may change. **