For starters, higher gold prices will directly correlate to higher royalties paid to FNV. That’s the easy and near-term win. The longer-term win could be FNV’s decision to fully fund and develop its Cobre Panama project. The project is one of the world’s largest copper-gold-silver deposits currently being constructed and initial tests for reserves have come back very positive. Franco will own royalties on 100% of the miens production. As Cobre Panama kicks in by the end of 2018, FNV’s cash flows should really start growing.
I reached a similar conclusion about gold’s hedging ability when analyzing an Economic Policy Uncertainty Index that was created several years ago by academic researchers. Gold presumably hedges against such uncertainty, but I came up empty when I compared monthly changes in this index with those of gold bullion since 1985. The r-squared — the extent to which the first series explains or predicts the second — is less than 1%. In other words, gold leaves a lot to be desired as a hedge against equity market turmoil.
James Fraser and Kevin Pederson, authors of the book “The Mining Stocks Investor Guide” (Miningstocksguide.com), recommend that investors stick to “the old saying ‘sell in May and go away’ as the summer months set in and prices tend to flat line.” By September, volumes pick up and continue to rise going into October and November. December can vary and depends heavily on the gains investors have earned throughout the year.
Mutual funds. Another option for investors who prefer the idea of owning mining stocks over direct gold exposure is to buy a portfolio of miners all at once via a pooled investment. This saves investors the legwork of researching the various mining options and is a simple way to create a diversified portfolio of mining stocks with a single investment. There are a lot of options here, with most major mutual fund houses offering open-end funds that invest in gold miners. Two examples are the Fidelity Select Gold Portfolio and Vanguard Precious Metals Fund. 
Gold is respected throughout the world for its value and rich history, which has been interwoven into cultures for thousands of years. Coins containing gold appeared around 800 B.C., and the first pure gold coins were struck during the rein of King Croesus of Lydia about 300 years later. Throughout the centuries, people have continued to hold gold for various reasons. Below are eight reasons to own gold today.

Bullion is an imperishable investment. Whereas a business can go under and shareholders could risk losing everything. You don’t have that worry with Gold. An oz. of gold will always be an oz. of gold. There are many different risky investments that people make because they crave quick returns in a short period, and end up with nothing to show for it.
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Despite headwinds related to the likelihood of additional interest rate hikes, gold may be poised to deliver solid returns again during the fourth quarter of 2018. The precious metal has traditionally been perceived as a safe haven investment in times of economic uncertainty and the recent concerns – along with the slide in stock prices – certainly fit the bill.
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