Do you own a portfolio full of paper assets?
If you are like the majority of investors, most of your investment portfolio may be denominated in U.S. dollars evidenced by a simple piece of paper - a stock certificate or statement from a brokerage account, a quarterly statement from your IRA or 401k custodian, or a bank statement showing the Certificates of Deposit you own or savings accounts you have and what they are earning.
For the sake of convenience and in an effort to help protect the environment, you may have elected to forego the paper statement, and you rely on the Internet to access electronic statements from your broker or custodian reflecting the assets you own. Your online brokerage accounts reflect your unrealized gains and losses in real time, registering instant fluctuations in account values that can make even the most prudent investors nervous. Immediate and convenient, electronic finance ties into a global network of records and information, resulting in a new "global economy" with implications all its own to factor into your investment decisions.
At certain times, however, the dangers of a portfolio held completely in "paper assets" or "electronic assets" becomes painfully clear. The value of your $100,000 IRA or 401(k) drops to $50,000 in a week due to crashing markets resulting from an act of terrorism or a lack of proper financial regulation of which you are completely unaware. These are the realities many of us experienced after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and again in 2008 after the collapse of Wall Street and near financial meltdown of the U.S. financial system and its global ripple effect.
Even when we are fortunate enough to see our account balances slowly rising, we know that our dollar is "shrinking" - it will buy less tomorrow than it does today. There is a third option beyond paper and electronic ownership that provides for physical possession of real assets. "Physical possession" is the option which applies to the real gold and other precious metal assets offered by Capital Gold Group, and it is an option which more investors and institutions are turning to every year in an effort to help minimize the risk in their overall portfolio and to help manage the disastrous effects of erratic markets and currency devaluation to their long-term dollars and reserve assets.