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Analyzing gold returns: Indian perspective

Moradia, Abha and Mehta, Ashish C. (2018): Analyzing gold returns: Indian perspective. Published in: PIBM Journal of Management , Vol. 3, No. Special Issue (20 October 2018): pp. 458-471.

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Investors are forever in need of an asset that adds value to the portfolio. Therefore, along with fixed income investments, stocks, gold and other assets are inevitable parts of a balanced portfolio. For Indian investors, gold is not only an investment asset but a commodity with a major importance in the social customs that makes it all the more interesting to study. As an investment asset, it is considered a diversifier asset and a hedging asset. Not only that, it is called a ‘safe-haven’ asset for times of economic distress, meaning that it retains its value when the stock market is giving low or negative returns. In this paper, we analyze the risk-return parameters of both the gold and Sensex for a period from 1992 to 2017 and find out how they perform along with each other. We also do detailed subperiod analysis in terms of Pearson’s correlation coefficient and see how it changes in pre-recession and post-recession period. We analyze whether gold is a diversifier asset, a hedge, a safe haven or all three for Indian investors. It is interesting to note how the exchange rate variability has a great impact on gold’s rate of return.

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