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Four Compelling Reasons to Buy Gold Stocks Right Now

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Gold prices have rallied 8% so far in 2014. It follows that investors in gold stocks - which are closely linked with gold itself - stand to profit. But the first half of 2014's gains aside, pressures shaping the yellow metal right now demand an allocation of gold stocks in a healthy investment portfolio.

In fact, Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald said in May that the case for owning gold has never been stronger.

"Many investors are asking themselves if now is the time to buy gold. I think that's the wrong question," Fitz-Gerald said. "What they should be asking themselves is if they can afford not to buy gold."

Here’s why…

How This Indian Wedding Tradition Drives Global Gold Demand

An Indian wedding tradition dating back thousands of years is more than a simple cultural practice - it has become one of the biggest drivers of global gold demand.

In a Feb. 12 CBS News' "60 Minutes" report, correspondent Bryon Pitts took a look at how the Indian wedding tradition of draping the bride in gold jewels has propelled India to be the biggest source of global gold demand. India is now No. 1 in gold consumption of jewelry as well as physical bars and coins.

India accounts for about 32% of the global gold market with half of the gold Indians buy spent on jewelry for the 10 million weddings held there each year.

As a result, gold prices typically rise ahead of wedding season as families prepare.

"The demand for gold out of India is fundamental for the health of the industry," Ajay Mitra of the World Gold Council told Pitts. "If India sneezes, the gold industry will catch a cold."

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