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The Gold Market at the Paris Stock Exchange: A Risk-Return Analysis 1950-2003

  • Thi Hong Van Hoang

TThis paper aims to study the return of investment in gold assets quoted at the Paris stock exchange during 54 years, from 1950 to 2003. Contrarily to what is thought about this mythical metal, its risk-return is very inferior to other financial assets (stocks and bonds). While it has a high degree of risk, its return is less than that of the risk-free asset. Moreover for individual investors, investment in gold has given a very low result in real terms. A capital of 100 new francs invested in the gold coin napoleon in December 1949 would have been liquidated for 56 new francs in December 2003. So its real rate of return was -1% per year.

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Article provided by Association Française de Cliométrie (AFC) in its journal Historical Social Research (Section 'Cliometrics').

Volume (Year): 35 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 389-411

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Handle: RePEc:afc:histor:v:35:y:2010:i:3:p:389-411
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