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Stock Market vs. Gold : A Brief Understanding

Stock Market vs. Gold : A Brief Understanding

People used to store their wealth in precious metals like gold before the invention of modern paper currency. Gold has always been the most valuable metal and has been inextricably associated with social and cultural environments throughout history. Gold was commonly passed down to succeeding generations as a legacy and an indicator of a person's riches in historical times. However, in the modern era, gold investing has lost its luster due to the introduction of superior investment options such as equities and securities. Gold, on the other hand, continues to play an essential role in most investors' portfolio diversification. It's also a long-term investment that can outperform inflationary tendencies. Investing in gold can provide security during times of macroeconomic instability and turbulence.

In this blog, Dhanguard will help you understand where you should put your money to get the best low-risk returns by assessing Stock and Gold for long-term linvestment.

  •   Gold has traditionally been seen as a reliable value and inflation hedge store.

  • However, stocks and bonds have surpassed gold's price increase on average in the long run.

  •  Nonetheless, gold may outperform silver over shorter periods.

  • During moments of high inflation and geopolitical turmoil, gold tends to rise.


Stock Vs. Gold

When assessing the long-term performance of gold as an investment, the time under consideration is critical. For example, equities have outperformed gold over 30-year intervals, and bonds have performed similarly, but gold has outperformed stocks and bonds over 15-year periods.

The price of gold climbed by roughly 360 percent between 1990 and 2020.Dubai Financial Market General Index (DFGI)  increased by 991 percent within the same time. Looking at the 15 years from 2005 to 2020, the price of gold climbed by 330 percent, roughly in line with the previous 30 years.  The DFGI only rose by 153 percent throughout the same period. Then, if we look at the years 2021 and 2022, gold outperformed stocks as global geopolitical turmoil and inflation rose.

  •   Stocks appear to beat gold by around 3-to-1 over the long term, but gold may win over shorter time horizons. Indeed, stock returns have blown gold out of the water since the 1920s.

  •  Regarding bonds, the average annual rate of return on investment-grade corporate bonds from the 1920s to 2020 has been roughly 5%.

  •  Corporate bonds have returned roughly 330 percent over the last 30 years, somewhat less than gold. Bonds have produced poorer returns than equities and gold over the previous 15 years.

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What Is the Average Gold Investment Return?

The return on gold varies based on the time period being considered. Between January 1971 (when the Dollar was decoupled from gold) and December 2019, gold returned an average of 10.6 percent yearly. Global stocks returned 11.3 percent over the same time period. Gold had the second-highest annual average return among a range of assets in 2020, at 24.6 percent, trailing only silver, which had the best return.

Why Aren't More People Investing in Gold While The Stock Market Generates High Returns?

When stocks are in a bull market, gold does poorly in general. One argument is that gold is neither an income-producing asset nor a symbol of growth in a specific firm or industry. Instead, it is prized for its scarcity and socio-historical antecedent as a valuable commodity. As a result, equities tend to appeal more to investors when the economy is rising and firms are doing well.

Is Bitcoin a Better Investment than Gold?

Bitcoin (BTC) has beaten most other asset classes, including gold, since its inception in 2009. Many people have compared Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to digital gold because of its scarcity and set and falling rate of new supply. If it continues to outperform, only time will tell.

Are Stocks a Risky Investment?

Direct stock investments can be highly painful if you choose stocks without considering their fundamentals. When there is large-scale selling, stocks with poor fundamentals or loss-making underlying businesses tend to get hammered out of shape. Institutional investors are abandoning expensive stocks in favor of excellent companies with reasonable prices. This makes it difficult for equities with weak underlying businesses to perform well.

It is always a good idea to avoid investing a large sum of money in one go, whether in gold or equities. The optimal strategy for investing in gold and stocks is to make periodic, varied investments or use a systematic investment plan (SIP) in a diversified stock portfolio. Also,  learn to recognize market trends and make appropriate decisions based on them. Your investment can only yield good benefits if you quickly adapt to market conditions, particularly during critical periods. In a down market, you may have to wait an extended period for equities to rebound. So, after researching current trends, make the best decision.

Stock vs Gold - Which Investment is Favorable in UAE 

The advice may sound vague, but it is practical: asset allocation should be followed at all times, regardless of market cycles. There was a reversal trend almost a year ago, when stocks at Dubai Financial Market (DFM)  were falling and gold was gaining. Even though markets are reaching all-time highs, there is still an opportunity to invest in equities for the long term. We continue to advise our investors to keep their long-term stock investments and not to sell if there is no immediate need for funds.


Investors should consider investing 25-30% of their money now and the balance over the next 3 to 4 months, according to equity perspective. When it comes to gold, it's important to consider it from the standpoint of asset allocation. If the global economy and financial markets continue to perform well, investors may want to stick with their plans to invest in gold, as it may remain flat or fall further in the future.


Dhanguard in Dubai, UAE, makes investing simple and hassle-free. We offer a variety of investment alternatives, including Index Funds, Gold, Mutual Funds, Stocks, SIPs, Bonds, Fixed Deposits, and Sukuks, with the least amount of paperwork and payments. We have assisted more than 5000 customers helping them to invest and set up their businesses.  we hope you found this blog to be informative. Feel free to browse our website for more information on other connected topics, or contact our Experts by visiting our Branch Office.

Frequently Asked Questions

Earning money now is insufficient, since it may not be enough to meet life's financial objectives. As a result, it is critical to spend money. Saving money in the bank is the same as giving up an opportunity to make money. It is crucial to invest carefully in the different plans available on the market, choosing the one that is ideally tailored to your objectives.

With new technologies and goods, the investment market is rising by the day. The conditions for investing in different forms of investment instruments differ depending on the providers in the UAE.

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