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Investment Strategy - March 24, 2023

Written by Amelia Bourdeau
March 24, 2023
5 min read

Hedging Benefits of Precious Metals in Periods of Distress

Until recently, investment managers, allocators and fiduciaries have under allocated investor portfolios to the commodity and precious metals sub-asset class. Now, these investors and fiduciaries are revisiting their investment policy statements and increasing commodity and precious metals allocations to align with the current investment regime.

Many of these investors and fiduciaries understand the benefits of having inflation sensitive assets in the client’s portfolio. But many are not aware of the inherent hedging benefits precious metals affords for investor portfolios in periods of market distress - what’s referred to as tail risk protection.

In the chart below, we highlight how precious metals, including the diamond commodity and gold have performed during black swan crisis periods since 2007. These include the great recession of 2007/2008 and more recently Covid beginning in 2020.

Chart: Hedging Benefits of Precious Metals in Periods of Distress

Screenshot 2023-03-22 at 4.38.13 PM (Source: Bloomberg, DS)

Equally interesting is the relative value of the diamond commodity compared with other precious metals. Because there is now an investable investment grade benchmark diamond commodity asset class, investors and their fiduciaries can allocate to an asset that provides low-cost protection in investor’s portfolio with potential upside performance relative to other precious metals.

Screenshot 2023-03-24 at 8.37.45 AM

(Source: DS, Bloomberg)

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