Pension Investment

May 17, 2012 at 11:42 am Leave a comment

The May 17, 2012, US edition of The Financial Times has an article by Ben McLannahan entitled “Japan Pension Fund Buys Gold as Buffer Against Sovereign Risk”.   In the article, the author indicates that some Japanese pension funds are beginning to invest in gold which he feels is due to concern over paper currencies.   Concerns over trouble with the European Union (EU) and it’s currency are certainly a topical issue.   Is gold a good long-term or short-term investment for these pension funds?   Are we likely to see this trend expand to other countries including our own? The important issue is it prudent and does it make sense in terms of all the pension assets for a plan.   This will be an interesting area to watch as we see how the EU problems unfold in the upcoming months.

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Christine Gurney

A pension professional who shares her thoughts and ideas about the pension world for industry members and anyone else interested.

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