Gold has experienced a roller coaster ride in recent years, and while advocates promote the commodity’s prospects moving forward, many advisors aren’t convinced the precious metal will help their clients’ portfolios.

Gold proponents, however, aren’t ceasing to make their case to advisors. A report recently released by the World Gold Council emphasizes how gold can be a key element of an alternative asset strategy and a hedge against losses elsewhere during periods of risk. In light of unrest in Ukraine and the Mideast, investors may increasingly be interested in gold.

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