My Wife – The Value Investor (of Precious Metals)?


If you are married, the news of gold and silver prices falling would not come as a surprise to you. Your wife would have already told you about it. And I am no different. I have least of interests in precious metals. But things are different when it comes to my wife.

“The gold prices are at multi-year lows!! So are the silver prices!!”


This is the first thing I got to hear when I came back home in evening today. And unsurprisingly, I knew what was coming after that statement…


“Shouldn’t we buy some gold and silver for future?”
Immediately, I was on the back foot. I was trying to duck a full-fledged bouncer hurled at me at 160 mph!

And the scorecard read:
Couple's Investing Scorecard

My response: “Gold neither gives any interest nor any dividends. And even Warren Buffett doesn’t like buying gold.”
Couple's Investing Scorecard


Wife’s response:So once again your Mr. Buffett enters our personal lives. Since when did you start listening to him in matters of gold and silver?”

Couple's Investing Scorecard


Dev:
Wife: “Now see, it has been years since gold and silver prices came down so low. Why can’t we buy some? After all, gold has a lot of value.”

Couple's Investing Scorecard

Dev: “But I still think its best not to buy these precious metals as investments. These are a type of insurances and not investments. We will anyways not sell it when it goes up in price. Isn’t it?”
Couple's Investing Scorecard


Wife: “See? You haven’t even bought it and you want to sell it. You don’t like selling stocks even when they go up, do you? Then why should we sell gold when it goes up?”

Couple's Investing Scorecard


Dev:

Wife: “And will you sell my jewellery when prices of gold go up???”

Couple's Investing Scorecard


Dev: “Not at all. All I meant was that we already have sufficient exposure to precious metals at the overall portfolio level. We don’t need to add more to it.”

Couple's Investing Scorecard


Wife: “Now I don’t know what you are talking about. But being from the jewellery industry, I know gold and silver are cheap right now! And we need to buy some now. Lets buy a little and I am sure it will not hurt your portfolio too much.”
Couple's Investing Scorecard

Dev: “But jewelry is not an investment. Can’t we buy coins instead of bangles, rings, etc.?”
Couple's Investing Scorecard


Wife: “What do you want me to wear in my ears – coins?”

Couple's Investing Scorecard


Dev: “Let’s go. Let’s buy some right now or prices might go up soon!”

Couple's Investing Scorecard

End of Story.

Disclosure: We bought some gold and silver today. Wife bought jewellery and I bought raw metal.

Final Scorecard? I guess you all know it. But in reality, I was more than happy that it was not a big innings defeat. 😉
PS – Sometimes our investments (or expenditures) are more about the people who matter to us and less about returns we get from those investments. Coincidently, I had read this postby Rohit a few days back and never expected that something similar was to happen with me today.

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  • Never depend on just one source of income.
  • Save atleast 20% of what you earn from all sources.
  • Buy a plain Term Life Insurance of Sum Assured amount equal to atleast 30 times your annual expenses.
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  • Gold, silver and precious stones are good for social or religious requirements. These are not investments. These are insurances against bad times. (To understand this point, just think for a moment that will you sell gold or silver in case prices go up? The answer would be a No. You sell these only when everything else is lost. Period.)
  • And always remember :

          Investment & Insurance are different things.
          Investment & Savings are different things
          Do not consider Insurance as Investment or Saving.

Above might work for most of us and does not require any complex rocket science to be implemented.

So go on….say good bye to your brokers and financial advisors. 🙂

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