With the odds that the coming election is going to be a mess, the prospect of inflation ahead, and more fiscal stimulus on the horizon… gold makes sense as a place to park sidelined cash, for all the usual reasons.
Investors looking for good dividend yielding stocks don’t typically expect much price appreciation. As the political winds stir on a new issue, that’s going to change, probably sooner than anyone expects.
If you’re thinking when you retire you can live off some kind of fixed income portfolio, forget about it. That’s a myth now. If you’ve got a 5- to 10-year investment horizon — and longer would be better — you’re infinitely better off buying the stock market and collecting interest on stocks.