Ever wondered why you should consider including gold in an investment portfolio? Gold provides catastrophe insurance. It is arguably the world’s oldest store of value. Since the start of civilisation, humans have trusted the yellow metal as a way to protect savings and accumulated wealth. Especially in times of financial system distress like inflation, or equity market turmoil, gold holds it value. Since gold’s value derives from its intrinsic worth, it is completely independent of the stability or health of the financial system for its value. For this reason, many investors keep a portion of their portfolios in gold – as a form of turmoil and disaster insurance.