It’s been a terrible year for most major asset classes — stocks, real estate, hedge funds, and commodities. One of the assets that investors might have expected to do a bit better in such an environment, when the vast majority fled to higher ground, was gold. But gold’s performance this year has been a disappointment.
As of Wednesday, gold closed at $847.10 per troy ounce, up 1.5% on the year. Compared with a 40% decline in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index and a 60% drop in crude oil, that’s just fine — it is, after all, a return of capital. But analysts say gold failed to capitalize during market turmoil because for much of the year, gold was as much a part of the craze as any other asset.
“We weren’t necessarily seeing the rush to safety of this safe-haven market that gold has been in the past,” says Darin Newsom, DTN senior commodities analyst. “We were seeing a get-me-out effect in all commodities, and there was no belief that the gold market was any more sustainable than any other commodity.”>>>MORE
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