At First Eagle, we have received many questions about sustainable investing from investors and investment professionals. To help answer these questions, we asked Thomas Kertsos, co-portfolio manager of the Gold Fund, and Max Belmont, research analyst for the Gold Fund, to discuss their thinking in this area.
The private debt market has expanded over the past decade, as institutional and high-net-worth investors, disappointed by falling bond yields, have sought corners of the fixed income market where robust returns may still be available.
In this paper, we explain gold’s power as a potential hedge, examine its history, consider the advantages and disadvantages of bullion, gold stocks and ETFs, and explore the differences between hedging and speculating.
While we don’t have a crystal ball at First Eagle, we do have a sense of current valuations and of the underlying vulnerabilities in the system. If the broader markets themselves are priced for low returns, investors who choose passive vehicles face the prospect of singularly disappointing returns over the long term.
This morning’s election results once again drove home the futility of human efforts to predict the future.