Posted On Saturday, Apr 25, 2020
The auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya is here. And we hope you're not letting the lockdown dampen your spirits.
So what if we are holed up in our homes? We've got to keep the gold buying tradition going. In fact, the day that marks unending prosperity and wealth in Indian culture seems more important than ever this time with a pandemic gripping the economy and a recession around the corner.
Though we usually suggest a staggered purchasing approach to gold in order to enjoy lower average costs and diversifying your portfolio with at least 10% allocation to gold at all times, this Akshaya Tritiya, thanks to the increasing uncertainty from the health cum economic crisis, confronts investors with a unique question - should I be doing a token purchase or should I buy more and diversify my investment portfolio with the metal?
Let us help you answer that. We're living through a once-in-a-generation event and no precedent exists for the current situation. Hence, until the rate of infection slows down, volatility in financial markets will remain high. So far in this crisis, gold has played an important role in portfolios as a source of liquidity and returns and we expect it to continue to do the same if the crisis aggravates and volatility persists.
In addition, the macroeconomic backdrop has become increasingly favorable for holding gold. Here's why. Firstly, the world is currently staring at virus induced economic deceleration which is expected to encourage the rotation of money from risk assets like stocks and bonds to defensive assets like gold. Secondly, there is heightened risk and uncertainty as to the magnitude of the epidemic and for how long containment measures will be implemented are big unknowns. This will make more investors flock to the safety of store of value assets like gold. In addition, opportunity costs of holding gold are going down as central bankers aggressively cut interest rates and implement liquidity injections leading to currency debasement and inflation. Also, even though the economic slowdown may soften consumer demand for gold, investment flows into the metal are expected to increase as investors flee riskier assets. To make things even better, potential rupee depreciation on account of rising fiscal deficit and foreign institutional investors actively pulling out money from Indian markets will add to Gold's returns when measured in Rupee terms.
With gold's YTD returns at 19.7% and the risk-reward dynamics in favor of the metal, this Akshaya Tritiya seems like a good time to ramp up your gold purchase especially if you have no or low allocation currently.
Now that you know the many reasons for buying gold on this auspicious occasion, the next question on your mind must be, "How do I buy gold?"
Given the nationwide lockdown, there are restrictions on the movement of people as well as non-essential goods. This has made it difficult for people to go about sourcing physical gold coins and bars. But this can turn out to be a blessing in disguise and enable us to move on from being gold consumers, obsessed with holding physical gold, to being gold investors. The inefficient preference for holding physical gold has prevented most of us from optimizing our gold holdings. Not only do we end up paying a high price for this obsession, but it is also prone to a number of risks, most importantly the purity risk.
Instead, we can choose to increase our allocation to the metal via investment products. While Sovereign Gold Bonds offer exposure to gold, they do not fulfill the needs of auspicious related buying as they are not backed by physical gold. Gold ETFs, on the other hand, can serve that purpose as each and every ETF unit is backed by 24-carat physical gold held in secure vaults. These vehicles are not only more efficient but are also regulated by SEBI. And by being operational during the lockdown, they have become a preferred way to invest in gold. Gold ETFs let us sit in the safety and comfort of our home and enable us to buy and sell gold as and when we want. Investors who don't have Demat account or wish to start an SIP in Gold funds can invest in Quantum Gold Savings Fund, which is open 24x7 to invest online.
So what are you waiting for? Gold is auspicious, makes investment sense, and is just a click away! Happy Akshaya Tritiya!
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