I'm in the same situation. presently looking at GLD to preserve dollar value, or CVX for growth (1 share has become 4 shares since split twice in 1994 and 2004 plus 3% dividens), or Royal Dutch Shell (energy co with 5% dividends, have not researched on the growth potential yet).I don't have a lot of $$ to invest in my Roth, can't invest in all three of them. Also I don't have economic background nor a great deal of experience in stock market, do your own due diligence.
Hope some ones would share some ideas, thanks in advance.
COP will spin off PSX on May 1st. COP will grow and spit out the same divi as now but PSX will grow and spin out a much higher divi (hoped). Here you are playing growth with income in one company and you get 1 share of PSX free for every 2 shares of COP owned at the time. Play is an international OIL giant that is growing especially in Cananda.