Safe Investments for a Turbulent Economy
December 14, 2022 (Investorideas.com Newswire) The new year is already shaping up to be one filled with financial uncertainty and economic volatility. No asset class is immune to potential hazards. However, all things are relative. For those who want to park their capital in safe locations during 2023, precious metals, high-yield savings accounts, certain kinds of equities, real estate investment trust shares, and fine wines offer solid opportunities for the preservation of wealth.
Precious metals dominate the investing landscape in troubled times. There are several reasons gold, silver, platinum, and palladium attract so much attention when the stock market falters. One is that their prices typically run counter to an ailing equities sector. Another is that gold and silver, the biggest sellers within the niche, come with a huge upside price potential should the economy really begin to tank.
Buyers should consider one of two ways to invest in precious metals. Tangible bullion is a convenient method, but owners must either pay for bank-based storage or keep their metals at home. Another way to purchase a stake in metals is to acquire shares of an ETF (exchange traded fund) that directly tracks the prices of gold, silver, or a combination of precious metals.
High-Yield Savings Accounts
Amid a worsening global economy and a deteriorating stock market, millions of consumers and homeowners are searching for super-safe alternatives to equities and other investments. For many, the ideal place to park money is in a high-yield savings account, also called a HYSA. While the concept seems simple enough, there are a few obstacles.
One of the primary ones is figuring out how to find the highest rates, most stable institutions, and lowest opening balances. By using platforms like Navient Marketplace, savers can perform full-scale searches from a single online location and find HYSA personalized rates, terms, and opening balance information all in one at-a-glance graphical chart. The alternative, visiting dozens of different bank and institution sites and digging for scattered pieces of data, is both time-consuming and immensely frustrating.
Dividend Aristocrat Stocks
For those who are okay with staying in the stock market, the sanest approach is to choose the most secure sub-category of the asset class. The aristocrat companies are ones that have paid consistent dividends to all shareholders for at least 25 years without missing a single payment. Many of the aristocrats are also blue-chip stocks, which means they are among the oldest, most stable corporations of all. But, it's imperative for stock enthusiasts to remember that when share prices decline, so do the size of dividend payments, which are based on a percentage of individual share values. Always research corporate payout histories and other financial data before purchasing stock.
Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Shares
REITs are among the most popular investments for real estate devotees who don't want the hassle of owning property outright. Plus, share prices are within reach of most consumers, while the entry cost of getting into direct ownership can be prohibitive for most people. Even within the REIT niche, there are dozens of choices that range in risk levels and potential returns.
Another advantage of REITs during a turbulent economy is that real estate is a tangible asset, and it tends to gain value when other asset classes, particularly corporate stocks, underperform. Overall, REITs are an easy, economical way to get involved in the real estate niche without forking over a huge sum of cash as a down payment on a small house or office building. Finally, real estate-based shares can help investors balance out portfolios that already hold equities, precious metals, and more.
One of the only consumable assets, fine wines are gaining popularity among conservative investors who want something other than the standard laundry list of options. Now that several online sellers offer incremental shares of high-end wines, anyone can get involved in this interesting niche for as little as $50. Once acquired and held for a year or more, it's easy to sell fine vino because the marketplace is active and growing. Another feature of the category is that wines are tangible assets, like more common commodities, so there's almost no chance that their value will fall below a minimum point. Be sure to research the market before making your first acquisitions, and stick with reputable sellers who also offer low-cost storage.
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