Bob: Buying property is definitely something to consider. But just because prices have been going up for a long time doesn't mean they will always go up. Lots of countries have experienced what's called a "real estate bubble" that eventually pops.
Steve: That's true. How about gold then? My brother-in-law says we should just buy a couple of gold bricks and store them in a vault somewhere.
B: Every time the economy begins to sour, people turn to gold. The price of gold then goes up because people see it as a safe haven.
Bob覺得，投資房地產固然可以考慮，但是房產價格不會永遠攀升，很多國家都經歷過 real estate bubble 房地產泡沫，最后都以泡沫破滅而告終。除了股市和房市以外，還可以買黃金。Bob 也認為，黃金是很好的避險投資，people see it as a safe haven. safe haven 是避難所，意思是投資黃金比較安全，不會賠錢。Every time the economy begins to sour, people turn to gold. 每次經濟走下坡路，大家都把投資轉向黃金。
B: But there are two problems with gold. One, there's no guarantee that prices will stay high, and two, while it might be safe, it's not really earning you anything in the same way that a smart investment could.
S: That makes sense. You know, the more I think about this, the more complicated it becomes.
B: One of the safer bets might be government bonds. You give the government your money for say 20 years, and at the end of that period, they return it with a relatively high rate of interest.
S: That's kind of appealing because it means you can't touch the money during that period of time and it removes any temptation to go and buy a new car, for example.
除了黃金以外，另外一種安全投資是政府債券，safe bet, 安全的賭注，這里指萬無一失的投資模式。Steve覺得，購買政府債券確實不錯 that's kind of appealing. appealing is spelled a-p-p-e-a-l-i-n-g, appealing 意思是有吸引力的，因為在債券到期之前，這些錢是不能動的，所以也就不會胡亂花掉。
B: Yeah, the money just sits there safely until you're ready to retire. Many banks offer similar long-term investment deals that also pay pretty good interest rates.
S: Thanks a lot, Bob. I'm going to look into government bonds, and I'm going to have a conversation with my bank's investment department.
B: I'd say that's probably the smartest way to go. Good luck.
Bob說，很多銀行也提供類似的長期投資產品，而且利息不錯。Steve向 Bob表示感謝，說 I'm going to look into government bonds. look into something 是仔細研究的意思?？蠢?，Steve 還是準備穩妥起見，進行長期、風險小的投資。