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Stress Test: Gold

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Does the yellow metal glimmer against other stores of value?

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It no longer backs legal tender, but with stocks and currencies in freefall, gold has become a safe haven for investors. But is it really the wisest store of value?

To find out, Minyanville compared the yellow metal to a series of beloved collectibles in its patented Stress Test.


Rarity
Portability
Divisibility
Durability
Liquidity
Gold:
Scarce, but not rare. Some New York restaurants serve it with dessert, for crying out loud.
Gold:
To get a sense of its immense portability, just tune into the Source Awards.
Gold:
As ancient skinflints can attest, shaving a bit off a sample won't drastically reduce the overall value.
Gold:
If the precious metal can withstand the maw of an 1840s gold prospector, it can survive virtually anything.
Gold:
With a simple toll-free call and pre-paid envelope, you can receive a cool 33% valuation on your goods.
Comic books:
You try finding Incredible Hulk #181 at your local strip mall.
Stamps:
So portable, you can get one across the country on a 3-by-5 card.
Precious Moments figurines:
Oddly enough, a praying infant with a severed foot doesn't fetch nearly as much as the intact figure.
Record albums:
Collections are in danger of destruction after a single "scratch-and- sample" session in the DJ booth.
Baseball cards:
Readily transferable. A 1974 Pete Rose could be exchanged for a 1976 Jim Palmer and a near-mint Kiss action figure.
Edge:
Comic books
Edge:
Stamps
Edge:
Gold
Edge:
Gold
Edge:
Baseball cards
Comic Books Stamps Gold Gold Baseball cards
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