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Gold Is Crushing It So Far This Year

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This is an exciting time for gold.

After another annual loss in 2015, its fourth year in a row, the precious metal has plotted a new course, one that has ferried it to the lead position among all other major asset classes in 2016.

Here's why investing in gold is one of the best moves to make now...

Why Higher Gold Prices Today Are Just the Start of 2016's Climb

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Gold prices today keep climbing, up 8% in the past week.

Spot gold traded around $1,238.50 last week.

So can gold prices in 2016 continue this rise? Take a look at what we see ahead for gold...

Why Gold Prices Soared to a 12-Month High Today

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Gold prices surged to a 12-month high above $1,240.00 an ounce Thursday as investors around the globe piled into safe-haven assets.

Spot gold prices were sharply higher in early trading, up as much as $45.50, or 3.8%, at $1,242.26 an ounce.

Here's exactly what is driving gold prices higher today and what to expect for the rest of 2016...

Why the Price of Gold Today Is Climbing

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The price of gold today is climbing 1.5%, or $17, to $1,190 this morning, continuing a strong run for the precious metal. Gold prices have now climbed roughly 12% in 2016 and should continue to climb even higher...

The price of gold today is climbing as stocks continue to be extremely volatile.

But there have also been some significant developments on a macroeconomic basis that have driven gold higher in the past week.

Here's exactly what has been driving the price of gold in February...

The Generational Investments to Stay Safe in This Market

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Stocks actually rose last week, although you'd be hard-pressed to find an investor or hedge fund manager who is feeling good about things right now.

But the Dow Jones Industrial Average did in fact gain 105 points or 0.7% to close at 16,093.53 while the S&P 500 rose by 1.4% or 27 points to 1906.90. The Nasdaq Composite Index, home of the FANGS, added 2.3% to close at 4591.18. But as the title of the novel goes, it's "been down so long it looks like up to me."

All three markets are still down sharply on the year and many hedge funds are nursing double digit losses just three weeks into the year.

Check Out How Much Gold China Is Hiding… and How You Can Profit from It All

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China really loves gold - and it understands gold better than any Western nation.

It's no secret that the People's Bank of China has been buying the yellow metal for years, shoring up its reserves. And the country's central bank may have been buying for decades before it became at least a little more transparent.

Recently, however, the Chinese central bank has been among the world's most aggressive buyers of gold.

In fact, there are some clues that point to the fact that their actual gold holdings are a multiple of what's actually being reported in the financial press, which in turn points to a shocking long-term strategy: a move to link or back the yuan with gold.

The implications of this would send shockwaves through the world economy, so it makes sense to start getting ready to profit right now...

Get Protection and Profits in 2016 with This Easy ETF Strategy

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There's no doubt 2015 was one of the most volatile years in recent history.

But here's the thing... I believe 2016 could be even rougher.

We haven't even seen the sell-off I'm predicting yet; it's likely to make the plunge we saw on Aug. 24, 2015, look like a kiddie ride.

Just as there's nothing solid or healthy underpinning the stock market gains we're seeing now, there will be nothing to catch investors who aren't prepared to trade this volatility - just a long, deep drop.

There's no bottom in sight, but the good news is there's one easy way to trade just about everything the market is likely to throw at you this year.

Here's what we should do...

What's Next for Gold Prices Following the December Fed Meeting

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Gold prices are in focus this week as the U.S. central bank prepares for its December meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The U.S. Federal Reserve is widely expected to raise interest rates this week for the first in nearly a decade, and the move will have a big impact on gold prices. The market-implied odds of the first interest rate increase since June 2006 are roughly 81%.

Here's what to expect from gold prices after the Fed's meeting this week...

The Best Market Crash "Insurance" You Can Buy

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Now is a very good idea to be buying gold. Right now... before the Super Crash.

Gold is key because it offers protection against both inflation and deflation. It is one of the few assets to do that. It's market crash insurance.

It's surprising how few investors get this, because it's really not complicated. But it'll click for you today in five minutes...

Gold Price Today Climbing Following Paris Attacks

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The gold price today rose more than 1.4% in early trading to a 10-day high of $1,097.90.

Investors piled into the safe-haven asset Monday following the weekend attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people.

Here's what you need to know about gold prices now...

Gold Prices Today Moving After Hawkish FOMC Statements

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Gold prices today (Friday) were down a modest $1.70 at $1,145 in early trading as precious metal traders continue to tread cautiously after a hawkish FOMC statement pressured the yellow metal.

The Fed has made it clear a December interest rate hike is still quite possible.

But easy monetary measures from other global central banks should provide catalysts that will cushion the yellow metal....

The Biggest Thing to Happen to Gold Mining Since the Shovel

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Many of the planet's gold miners are eking out in survival mode, breaking even or losing money on every ounce they produce. They're leaving tens of millions of ounces of hard-to-reach gold underground, too.

Now there's a small Canadian company with the technology to get that gold out of the ground and cut mining costs by 50%. And the company's stock is on sale right now...

Why the Price of Gold Hit a 7-Week High Today

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The price of gold hit a seven-week high today (Monday) as investors believe the U.S. Federal Reserve will delay its first interest rate hike in nearly a decade until sometime in 2016.

The price of gold was up $10.40 at $1,166.20 an ounce in New York trading Monday morning. It hit an intraday high of $1,169.00 earlier in the session.

Here's why gold prices continue to rise, and where they're headed for the rest of 2015...

Gold Prices Today Hit Six-Week High After 1.6% Gain

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Gold prices today (Friday) climbed $18.90, or $1.66%, at $1,158.90, which was a six-week high for the precious metal.

Gold prices today climbed after the release of the latest Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes. The minutes were clearly dovish, with many now believing an interest rate hike won't happen until 2016.

Here's where gold prices are headed for the rest of the year...

Price of Gold Today Flat as Investors Await FOMC Meeting

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The price of gold today was flat in early U.S. trading today (Tuesday) as investors remain guarded ahead this week's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.

In Tuesday's morning session, the price of gold was trading lower by $3.60, or 0.32%, at $1,105.80 an ounce. Monday, gold prices added $4.40, or 0.40%, to $1,107.80.

Here's what's next for gold prices in 2015...