Episode 116: Is Gold a Good or Bad Investment? with Peter Hug

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My Guest on the Show…


Peter Hug has been in the gold industry for nearly 40 years which makes him an expert in my opinion when it comes to gold.

Now to be honest, I am not a fan of gold (yet). In fact, I have never once invested in gold because I have personally never liked gold as an investment.

So, why am I willing to learn more about gold now, right?

First off – I don’t know much about gold. One of my rules is I do not invest in things I don’t understand. Therefore, investing in gold was never something I was comfortable doing.

Secondly, (I thought) gold didn’t have a great track record when compared to the equity markets. From what I do know, the the price of gold has increased by 355% over the past 30 years, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has increased by 1,255% during that same time frame.

But, now I am also learning that over the past 15 years, gold has outperformed the market. In fact, gold has returned 355% over the last 15 years (same as the 30-year return) while the Dow has returned only 58%.

After seeing the facts, I decided to ask Peter to come on the show to see if he could convince me gold was a viable option. Here are some of the takeaways from my interview with Peter.

Today we discuss:

  • The history of gold
  • Why gold is NOT a strategy for “when the world ends”
  • How gold plays an important role in investing and diversification
  • How much gold should you invest in?
  • The overall track record of gold as an investment
  • When gold is not a good fit
  • Other investments related to gold

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Show Notes

Peter’s history and the history of gold! [3:24]

Investing in gold isn’t about doom or gloom [4:42]

Gold as part of a balanced portfolio [8:31]

A metal ETF [15:21]

The 50 year history of gold as an investment [16:45]

Evaluating your risk tolerance [19:22]


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Chris (Peach) Petrie is a personal finance expert, money coach, speaker and podcaster.

In 2011, Chris and his family were exhausted from living paycheck-to-paycheck and facing a mountain of debt. They started going against the society standards of misbehaving with money and made the decision to take back control of their lives and money. Within seven months they paid off $52,000, started saving like crazy and began building real wealth.

The word spread fast and Chris started showing friends how to create a budget over dinner. Soon after he started showing their friends how to do the same and eventually Chris started teaching personal finance classes around the community. As the need for the classes grew, Chris launched Money Peach in 2015.

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  • A family friend introduced me to precious metal streaming stocks like Wheaton (WPM) and Franco-Nevada (FNV). They collect royalties from gold miners and other precious metal projects.

    I have small positions in these two stocks and the GLD gold ETF. This partially to get exposure to the precious metals market and as a “chaos” hedge.

    The year 2018 hasn’t been kind to any of these stocks, so it’s a long-term position for me. I’ve only been investing money I can afford to lose because precious metals have been lackluster of late.

  • Peter Hug always seems to be a highly experienced and seasoned person in the precious metal markets with a kind of quite detached or impartial view. He’s been in the precious metals market for so long and I think they hired him for that huge experience. I like his impartiality even though he is in that particular business. I’ve looked at Kitco every week for about 15 years as sort of a goto site for commentary.

  • Gold/Silver/other PMs will never go to zero. All stocks, bonds, currencies could go to zero. I have owned several stocks over the years that have hit zero (and they can get there fast). You can purchase PMs in any amount you can afford. PMs are available to everyone, with no minimum buy-in threshold.


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