Many experts are speculating what the after-effects of COVID-19 will be on the economy. This is the first major crisis that has occupied the minds of business and political leaders in a very long time. As a result, we can use this event to craft a response to future crises that will impact financial markets.
Gold is seemingly invincible even in crashing markets when all stocks and bonds are in freefall. When inflation is the key threat to your portfolio and once again, it is gold that meets and surpasses inflation. In the long term, gold provides a high return on investment that can be compared to the most lucrative asset classes, but without their risks and volatility.
The increase in demand for gold investments was driven primarily by the coronavirus pandemic since gold is seen as an effective and reliable hedge in economic stress. Gold has emerged as a safe haven for investment while stocks and bonds plunge at alarming rates. Global holdings of gold-backed ETFs have reached a record level of 3,180 tonnes as a consequence of this surge in demand.
Investors continue their gold buying sprees to maximize their gains as COVID-19 tanks almost all other markets. In the last three months alone, gold-backed ETFs saw a growth of a record-breaking $23 billion across all regions, according to the World Gold Council.
The spread of COVID-19 has caused rapid shifts in the popularity of online marketplaces, particularly ones on social media. Facebook marketplaces have been used by millions of people across the world to sell their original products and/or second-hand items.
COVID-19 has ravaged the world economy and has many experts predicting a bad recession that could take years for the world to recover from. The biggest problem with this pandemic is the sheer difficulty of testing patients who normally stay asymptomatic until 14 days before developing serious symptoms, and by then, the damage is already done.
The Australian psyche holds a special place for gold. During the early 1850s, the gold rush helped in propelling the country’s economy, grow its population, and stimulate the industries. As the second biggest producer of gold in the world, the country’s gold sector flourished. Its record gold prices and mine production speak for themselves. After all, gold remains the country’s third major commodity export.