Reading an article in Wall Street Journal. It criticizes Gold as an investment because Gold does NOT provide a "STEADY" return. REALLY?!?. Name an investment that does!!! The stock market only recently broke out of a 12 year congestion. A 12 year, violent congestion. How about dividend stocks. Most stocks don't pay divis. So, stocks are speculation.
What about housing as an investment? Houses are an expense. Try missing a loan payment 3 months in a row. See who really owns the house - the bank does. If you are renting it out - does it pay the combined cost of Mortgage, Interest, Taxes and upkeep?
Gold has provided double digit returns for 10+ years in a row. HOW MUCH MORE STEADY CAN YOU GET!