How the Syria Conflict Affects Gold and Shares

THE WEEK: If the conflict in Syria comes to a rapid end, shares will bounce back rapidly and the sharp rise in the price of gold will peter out

Rodney Hobson 30 August, 2013 | 12:04PM

Do politicians, particularly those who become government ministers, learn nothing? One feels that all MPs should be made to sit an examination in modern history before they are allowed to take their seats, with an advanced level paper for those who become ministers.

Investors should consider whether this is a good chance to cash in profits or cut losses

Even people like me who went along with the invasion of Iraq, albeit with misgivings, started to baulk by the time we got to Afghanistan. No doubt many who reluctantly went along with Afghanistan have finally seen the light when it comes to Syria. Yet here we are again contemplating barging into another conflict where we are likely to do more harm than good.

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Rodney Hobson

Rodney Hobson  is a columnist for Morningstar.co.uk and author of several investing books, including The Dividend Investor and How to Build a Share Portfolio.

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