I can understand gold’s use as an alternative to the fiat currencies of the world but, personally, I can’t find any investment merits in the metal at all. I just don’t know how to value it and I readily admit that may be a shortcoming of mine.
Ultimately, I think Warren Buffett does the best job of quantifying the argument:
You could take all the gold that’s ever been mined, and it would fill a cube 67 feet in each direction. For what that’s worth at current gold prices, you could buy all — not some — all of the farmland in the United States. Plus, you could buy 10 Exxon Mobils, plus have $1 trillion of walking-around money. Or you could have a big cube of metal. Which would you take? Which is going to produce more value?
This is not to say gold is not a good vehicle for speculative activities. It just doesn’t make any sense as an investment, a distinction that is imperative to acknowledge.