David John MarottaDavid John Marotta is the President of Marotta Wealth Management, a fee-only financial planning and asset management firm in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is an oft-quoted writer and speaker on financial matters and his weekly financial column can be found at www.eMarotta.com
Host: What investments fall in the asset class Hard Asset Stocks ?
David Marotta: Hard asset stocks include any companies that own an underlying resource. So, oil, natural gas, mining companies. An oil company owns the natural resource that s in the ground. If the price of oil goes up, then the price of their underlying asset goes up, may cost them same amount of money to get it out of the ground, but now they can sell it for a higher value. So, oil, natural gas, precious metals, particularly gold and silver and sometimes even base metals like copper and nickel; and other resources like diamonds, coal, lumber, even water is considered a natural resource.