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The Best Types of Gold to Buy Now

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Investing in gold is a great way to diversify investment portfolios, hedge against a financial crisis, and even protect against inflation. But with so many different types of gold to buy, finding the right gold investment can be a difficult task for retail investors.

Money Morning's Resource Specialist Peter Krauth is a 20-year veteran with special expertise in precious metals.

He recently gave our readers a snapshot at the best ways to invest in gold...

New Gold Price Chart, Plus the Latest Gold News

Gold shifted higher today (Monday) following recent record lows – our up-to-date gold price chart shows that in late May, gold tumbled to its lowest level in four months, to $1,243.00.

Gold for August delivery was up 0.1% at $1,253.90 a troy ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. London gold was up 0.1% at $1,253.77 an ounce.

Here’s the top news affecting the yellow metal right now…

Why Gold Mutual Funds Are Attractive Investments

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Gold mutual funds are gaining attention as a safe-haven investment to hedge against the market volatility 2014 has brought so far.

These types of investments are managed by professionals who analyze and monitor the movement of gold and invest accordingly in bullions and equities.

Here we examine one method for how to invest in gold, using gold mutual funds.

Plus we’ve highlighted a few to get you started today…

A Gold Price History from Nixon to Obama

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Analysts look to the gold price history as a tool to make predictions about the yellow metal's direction.

A good place to start when examining the gold price history is the 1970s. Up until the early '70s, gold prices hardly fluctuated by more than a dollar or two.

But U.S. President Richard Nixon, who was in office from 1969-1974, decoupled the dollar from gold in 1971 due to various economic pressures.

And this had a major effect on where gold went after that…

Why the Gold Spot Price Is Hovering So Low

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Last week, the gold spot price tumbled to its lowest level in four months, to $1,243.00.

Tuesday, the gold spot price hit another four-month low early on, but ended the day hovering around last week's low levels, at $1,245.80. August Comex gold was up $0.90 at $1,245.00 an ounce.

Here’s what’s weighing on the yellow metal – and what to watch that could affect gold prices this week.

Gold Price Per Ounce at a 16-Week Low – Here's What Is Going On

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Today (Friday), gold price per ounce fell under $1,250 an ounce to a 16-week low. Prior to this five-day losing streak, gold price per ounce has been stuck in a tight trading range for weeks, struggling to consistently trade above the key $1,300 an ounce level.

Gold futures for August delivery fell by 0.8% to $1,246.50 an ounce this morning on the Comex in New York. And earlier, the price touched on $1,244.50, the lowest for a most-active contract since Feb. 3, according to Bloomberg.

Here’s what’s driving gold price per ounce, and how to play the yellow metal in 2014…

Barclays Gold Price Fix Scandal Only Hints at Bigger Problem

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Barclays Plc (NYSE ADR: BCS) was fined $43.8 million today (Friday) by a U.K. regulatory agency as part of a gold price fix episode back in 2012 .

A trader abused Barclays' role as one of the big banks that participates in a twice-daily conference call to set gold prices. He manipulated the price of gold lower to avoid taking a big loss to a customer who had (correctly) bet gold prices would rise.

But just because Barclays got caught doesn’t mean they are the only member of the gold price fix group that’s guilty…

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

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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 Price Today Has Best Close in a Month

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The gold price rose over the key $1,300 level Friday as tensions in Ukraine once again neared a boiling point.

At Friday's close on the Comex, gold for June delivery settled at $1,302.90, up $19.50 for the day, its best close in a month. Spot gold, which traded as high as $1,306 in Friday's session, was last up or $16.70, or 1.3% to $1,302.60, putting the yellow metal on pace for its biggest gain since April 4.

Here’s what pushed the price higher after four losing sessions for the yellow metal.

China Holds the Keys to the Gold Market

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Last year China's private-sector demand for gold reached a record level of 1,132 tonnes, and according to the World Gold Council (WGC), the Asian nation could easily dominate the gold market once again, as they predict demand growing 20% by 2017.

This updated projection from the WGC confirms that China's love for the precious metal remains robust.

Here's what's driving China’s ever-growing hunger for gold...

Profit from These Two Gold Mining Stocks as Prices Rise

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With gold prices crossing $1,300 an ounce last week, Money Morning's Resource Specialist Peter Krauth has pinpointed gold mining stocks that are set to cash in on the rising price of gold.

Gold prices suffered in 2013, down 28%. But these gold mining companies strengthened their operations during a down gold market, and are poised to capitalize with gold prices recovering.

As gold prices climb, these companies offer great profit opportunities...