There are many comments and emails asking me why I am against gold and against real estate.
Well I am not against gold, and neither against real estate. However what do you call a market which is completely dependent on new investors bringing their fresh money. Well some people call it a Ponzi scheme. I would call it a Madoff scheme.
What drives the gold market is difficult to say – insecurity? Spain? Korean war? – and periods of extremely long price stagnation are scary. Similarly for gold to come down – just shrinking of demand (which is driven by prosperity?) can spook prices.
Real estate again has many myths. ‘Prices in Mumbai do not come down’. Look at the lucky people whose parents bought flats in Santacruz, Ghatkopar, Bandra, Khar…..the list is endless. However this is just 8% return !!
I still insist that you should have gold and real estate in your portfolio – but stop thinking of them as growth assets. They are not. They are Savings assets. You will see some steady appreciation – or a spike – but on a 10 year rolling basis you would have got about 1-2 % of real return.
FOR MOST PEOPLE I KNOW, THIS IS A FANTASTIC RETURN – they let a few million sleep in their savings bank account. So on a comparative basis they are better off doing a SIP in a gold etf – but stop expecting to get 24% return. Just not possible – the market has enough people who will buy put options soon…and there will be enough WRITERS.
Whowever thinks he / she has got good returns in real estate over say 30 years, please put it in an excel sheet..and see the IRR – very likely that you will get a number like 7 or 8% p.a. Not very impressive, no?
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