by Chris Waltzek
James Machuga, Senior Vice President of Merk Investments Advisor Services, makes his show debut. Merk Investments suggests that every financial portfolio includes gold insurance, amid an environment of global currency devaluation. Due in part to the growing theme of negative interest rates, the medium / long-range outlook for the PMs sector continues to improve. Our guest outlines the options strategies used at Merk, to divine currency volatility and impending market risk. While equities / bonds appear to be overvalued, which might culminate in a considerable bear market correction, the precious metals are more fairly valued, representing a relative opportunity. Merk Investments research indicates that the typical investment portfolio requires more than twice the 5-10% gold allocation average – the optimal gold percentage approaches 20%.