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Why Today's Gold Price Is Down


Tuesday morning, August Comex gold in New York was down $2.50 at $1,104.40 an ounce.

Why today's gold price is down is linked to several factors, starting with the aftermath of the gold "flash crash" that occurred late Sunday night. When China's market opened for trading, a seller dumped five tonnes ($2.7 billion worth) of gold on the Chinese market. Gold fell 4.2% to a five-year low of $1,085 an ounce in a matter of seconds.

Here are the other factors weighing into why today's gold price is down, two days after the flash crash, including China's big reserves reveal, Indian demand, and more..

A Gold "Flash Crash" Happened Yesterday – Here's Why

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A gold "flash crash" took the yellow metal down 4.2%, or about $50, in a matter of seconds late Sunday night to its lowest level since March 2010.

Just before 9:30 p.m. ET -- or just as China's market opened for trading -- someone dumped five tonnes ($2.7 billion worth) of gold on the Chinese market.

Exactly who is "someone," and why the big sell?

Let's take a look...

Buying Gold Helps in a Crisis like Greece

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Historic debt defaults are looming in Greece and Puerto Rico.

Investors are piling into safe-haven, money-alternative gold.

Keep reading to find out why buying gold helps in such a situation and how to buy the shiny yellow metal.

Insatiable China Gold Demand Is Ruining Ecuador's Tribal Lands

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China gold demand is insatiable, and its next target is the rainforest of Ecuador. While socialist President Correa sold out to China, the indigenous population is fighting back.

"To get the gold, they will have to kill every one of us first," Shuar chief Domingo Ankwash told Salon journalist Alexander Zaitchik in February.

Can Ecuadorians stop China's march for gold? Here's the full story...

China Gold Reserves to Be Revealed After 6 Years of Secrecy

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China gold reserves have been secret for six years.

We know two things: China has been amassing the yellow metal, and that with enough of it, China could take down the U.S. dollar.

According to new Bloomberg Intelligence estimates, China may reveal its figures as soon as next month.

Here's the whole story behind China gold reserves and its hold over the U.S. dollar

Buy a Gold ETF in 2015

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Gold acts like an insurance policy against geopolitical woes, devalued currencies, deflation, and inflation. It's also a good portfolio diversifier.

Gold prices are low right now, so it's a great time to buy. And of the many ways to add the yellow metal to your portfolio, a gold ETF is a convenient option.

Here's a look at why gold ETFs are smart choice for investors - plus five top gold ETFs to get started with today...

China Gold Reserves Rise to Threatening Level

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No one knows exactly how much gold China has. Last disclosed in April 2009, China gold reserves were at 1,054 tonnes. At least, that was the official number given.

You see, China only reports its gold reserves every few years.

While we don't know exactly how much gold China has, we do know one thing: it is accumulating more.

And we also know that with enough gold, China could collapse the U.S. dollar. Here's the story behind China gold reserves and its hold over the U.S. dollar...

Understanding Gold's Massive Impact on Fed Maneuvering


Just about everyone knows Alan Greenspan. As central bankers go, he may just be the most famous ever. Even today, 1 in 6 Americans still think he's the current chair of the Federal Reserve.

As Fed chief from 1987 until 2006, Greenspan oversaw the latter part of the greatest stock bull market in history.

For that, some called him "The Maestro."

From other quarters, the names are far less flattering. Many blame him for inflating massive stock and real estate bubbles, resulting in financial devastation across the economy.

Well, these days Greenspan is acting rather schizophrenic. In fact, you won't believe what he's saying now, unless you understand where he's coming from.

Given the havoc its wreaking on market stability (while ostensibly doing the opposite), it's absolutely critical to look back at Greenspan's handiwork to try to make sense of today's Federal Reserve maneuvering...

Of All Safe Haven Investments, Gold Reigns Supreme


Of all safe haven investments to choose from, gold is the best.

No matter what mainstream media says, history has shown time and time again that having the right amount of the yellow metal in your portfolio serves as the perfect hedge…

Seven Ways to Tell If Your Gold Is Real


Gold counterfeiting is nothing new. But rest assured there are a number of methods you can use to mitigate the risks of ending up with counterfeit gold. Some are simple, quick, and inexpensive. Others are more elaborate, detailed, and not so readily accessible.

Here are seven tests you can use to tell if your gold is real...

A Gold Investing "Cheat Sheet" for 2014


With gold prices at roughly $1,300 an ounce, many investors are asking themselves if now is the time to invest in gold.

I think that's the wrong question.

What they should be asking themselves is if they can afford not to buy it right now.

The case for gold investing has never been more clear - just take a look...

Not All Gold Is Created Equal: What to Know Before You Buy


If you own gold, or are thinking of buying some, here's something you need to consider...

It's not all the same.

Some, like fake gold-painted lead ingots, has no value whatsoever.

Some gold said to be in storage or in the ground may not even be there at all.

There are a number of aspects of gold's quality, whether it's real or even exists, that every investor needs to know...

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Gold Prices Today Fighting for Higher Close

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Global central banks and geopolitical concerns guided gold prices this week - mostly lower. But the price of gold bucked the trend Friday and were modestly higher in morning trading.

Read on for a closer look at what’s moving gold prices today, and what’s ahead in 2014.

Why Gold Prices Are Down Today

WHy Gold Prices are Down Today

Gold prices took a beating Tuesday, plunging nearly 2% and marking the yellow metal's worst day of the year.

Spot gold prices fell to a low of $1,228 an ounce intraday, but managed to claw back some gains in the afternoon. Still, even fresh Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures showing a slightly higher than expected read on inflation in March failed to goose gold prices much.

Here's why gold prices are down today.

Gold Prices Hit Four-Month High This Week; More Gains to Come

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Gold prices this week have continued 2014's climb, with a boost today from U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

In morning trading Thursday, April gold rose $7, or 0.6%, at $1,335. Spot gold was flat at $1,330.20.

Early this week, the yellow metal hit a four-month high of $1,339.09 an ounce.