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The Corporate Investor & Gold
In today’s very fragile and indebted market, post Lehman, and in the midst of increasing economic risk and funding limitations, the company CFO and Treasurer should assess the potential downside to both sides of the balance sheet in order to protect the company’s assets and its shareholders. The case for a balanced percentage of Gold to protect a company’s cash is likely to both preserve and enhance the company’s assets especially at a time when money becomes more of a liability and a risk rather than an asset.
Evaluating counterparty risk should take a much higher priority in a fragile financial system. Is the bank or custodian where assets are kept safe? Will bond issuers (whether government or private) repay their debts with stable or debased money? What is the risk of default of bond issuers?
Hedging Corporate Risk
An investment in physical Gold as a protection against currency debasement, especially for cash rich companies, is a responsible strategy against a fragile financial system.
- Physical Gold is safer than cash if stored securely outside the banking system.
- Gold will always be accepted as collateral or can act as the ultimate barter instrument.
- A Gold asset will reduce risk exposure to all other business assets.
- Gold represents instant liquidity and is marketable at all times.