Is it time to sell gold?

Is it time to sell gold?

It's a sort of dance. Like every dance, it has a rhythm to it. The beat lasts about 17 years. This is the alternating cycles of share price and commodity booms.

When world stock markets peaked at the end of 1999, anyone who had any money was pouring it into stocks. It was the greatest bull market the world had ever seen. There was talk of the internet changing everything, and the new paradigm.

We have already seen the highs in the gold price

Mention gold and people would just laugh; surely that was the one thing you shouldn't buy? Gordon Brown was so confident about this, he started selling down the UK's gold reserves.

I think you know what I will write next. This was, of course, the best time to buy gold. At the turn of the century gold was valued at $283 per ounce. The gold price peaked in 2011 at $1900 per ounce. Anyone with the gumption to buy in 2000, and the patience to wait out the fluctuations and the panics, would have made a lot of money.

Of course, the time to sell gold was during the Eurozone crisis of 2011. It will be decades before the price ever reaches these heights again.

That's why I don't really even like to think about gold. To me it is the past. The trend in rising gold prices is basically over. A strong down trend is now in place. I sold my gold around 2011 and 2012. Any price rises that take place over the next few months are opportunities to sell what is left of your holding, and not to buy.

Of course, this article would be completely different if I was not writing about gold investing, but gold trading. There can be short term rises and falls in the gold price at any time; no-one can really predict this, and it is not something I would even attempt to try.

Now is the time to buy shares

These days, if you mention shares most people will look at you and just laugh. But many still talk about gold.

So you can guess what I will write next. If you have a substantial holding of gold, I would be steadily selling it down over the next few months. And I would use the money you make to buy into shares.

Each equity investor has their own approach, but I am planning to buy into UK small cap shares, as well as emerging market funds, with a particular emphasis on China and India. Why? Because this where the growth is. Yet investors haven't yet noticed.

My wife loves jewellery. Beautifully-designed jewellery will never lose its lustre. But I hesitate to buy much now.

But that doesn't mean I'll never buy gold again. After all, around about 2035 or 2040 I've pencilled in my son's wedding....

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The most expensive watch ever sold at auction fetched just under $24 million in November 2014. The gold pocket watch was made by Patek Philippe, and is the most complex ever made without the use of computer technology.

The Henry Graves Supercomplication was commissioned in 1925, and took eight years to make.

The world's most expensive stamp sold at auction in 2014 for over $9 million.

The British Guiana One-Cent Magenta is as rare as a stamp can get. British Guiana was one of the first countries in the New World to start issuing stamps, but in 1856, they ran out, and asked the local newspaper printer to produce extras.

There were two denominations: the four-cent, which is very rare, and the one-cent - of which only one has ever been discovered.

In May 2015, an anonymous London businesswoman snapped up the licence plate KR15 HNA for £233,000, making it the most expensive standard number plate ever to be sold in the UK.

Queen Victoria's bloomers sold at auction for £6,200, along with a pair of her silk stockings.

They have a 52-inch waist, and belonged to the monarch in the 1890s - "towards the end of her life when she had eaten a lot more than most people could afford to," said auctioneer Michael Hogben. In today's sizing, they'd be a size 26.

In 2014, a three-year-old slice of cake sold at auction for $7,500 (£4,800). The reason the stale cake was in such demand was that it was from the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011.

The buyer said he intended to give it away as part of promoting his Silicon Valley start-up.

A British coin sold at auction for a record-breaking £430,000 in 2014. After fees, the buyer paid £516,000 - making it the most expensive modern British coin ever to be sold.

The coin is only one of two in existence. It was a 'proof' for a gold sovereign which was meant to be produced to commemorate the coronation of Edward VIII in 1937. However, Edward abdicated in 1936, so the coronation never happened and the coins were never made


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