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  • Has the Great Gold Crash Divorced Bullion from Futures Prices? The Great Gold Crash in April has likely set in motion one of the biggest shifts in precious metals markets in a lifetime.
    While some big players likely stepped in to crush the markets for personal gain, they may have accidentally also made a move that will divorce gold and silver bullion pricing from gold and silver futures.
    Forget about gold miners vs gold stocks, we're talking a whole other level of magnitude if this trend takes hold.
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  • This Gold Prices Chart Answers a Classic Question This gold prices chart compares the yellow metal to two other measures to find out if indeed gold is in a bubble. You must see the answer… Read more... Read More...
  • Jim Rogers on Investing in Gold 2013 Gold bar isolated with clipping path

    Money Morning Executive Editor William Patalon III recently had a chance to catch up with famed investor Jim Rogers on investing in gold, U.S. stocks, and the best commodities for 2013.

    Renowned commodities investor Rogers is concerned about the worldwide economy, but he's not worried about the recent sell off in gold.

    In fact, he stands poised to pounce on the yellow metal should it fall further.

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  • Why Gold Prices Are Up This Week gold

    It's been a good few days for investors holding on to gold, and we've been getting lots of questions as to why gold prices are up this week.

    Gold futures had their biggest one-day gain of the year Thursday, up nearly $40 an ounce, and ended the week up 4.2% at $1,453.60.

    At one point this week, gold had retraced half the loss it incurred during its April nosedive. In a two-day period, the yellow metal fell $225 an ounce, hitting a two-year low on April 15.

    It is natural for any financial asset to enjoy some sort of a rebound after such a steep plunge. But there are some sound fundamental reasons as to why gold is up.

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  • Jim Rogers on Gold Prices 2013

    With the yellow metal down about 14% this year, wouldn't it be great to get the scoop from famed investor Jim Rogers on gold prices in 2013- specifically, why they're down, and if investors should still bet on a long-term gold bull market?

    We had a chance to ask Rogers those very questions last weekend.

    Sunday evening, Money Morning Executive Editor William Patalon III spoke on the phone with Rogers - who was at his home in Singapore - in a wide-ranging discussion about gold, U.S. stocks, commodities and global central banks' "race to the bottom" - or, as Rogers calls it, "race to insanity."

    In this exclusive interview, the legendary investment guru took us on a tour of the gold market, taking a close look at what's driven the past 12 years of gold price gains - and what will move the yellow metal going forward.

    He also pointed out the one fundamental reason why gold prices fell recently...

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  • Gold Buyers Get Physical As Coin and Jewelry Sales Surge We all have the same question: What's going on with gold? As Frank Holmes explains, investors are now moving out of paper gold and into the physical. Read more... Read More...
  • Central Banks to Keep Investing in Gold – as Should You The world's central bank gold buying has been a huge reason for investing in gold. Here's where they stand now, after the price plunge. Read more... Read More...
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  • Investing in Gold: Here's What to Do Now Gold Price trends this year

    Monday's drop in gold prices was the largest one-day plunge since February 1983 - which led many of those investing in gold to bail on the yellow metal.

    Gold prices tumbled $140.40, or 9.4%, to $1360.60 an ounce. This brought the two-day decline to $203.70, or 13%.

    On Friday, we outlined recent factors driving gold's price plunge:

    • The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes that came out last week suggested the central bank may start scaling back its monetary stimulus measures later this year, reducing inflationary pressures.
    • Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) last week cut its 2013 average gold forecast, for the second time, to $1,545 from $1,610. Investors like to dump the metal after the release of bearish research.
    • There have been rumors financially strapped Cyprus was selling 400 million euros of gold, 75% of its reserves to raise cash.

    Gold prices ended the drastic two-day decline Tuesday, up nearly 2% to $1,387.40.

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  • Keith Fitz-Gerald on What's Driving Down the Price of Gold video-keithfitzgerald-gold-prices-falling

    Investors want to know: What's driving down the price of gold - and how long will the plunge last?

    Gold prices tumbled Monday by more than 9% - the biggest percentage drop in 30 years.
    The yellow metal had fallen to just above $1,360 an ounce Monday afternoon.

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  • Does Investing in Gold Top Your List of "Best Investments"? gold

    Even though the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Standard & Poor's 500 Index have hit record highs this year, investing in gold remains the top investment pick in CNBC's latest All-America Economic Survey.

    The March poll shows the yellow metal is the favored investment choice among 35% of respondents, beating real estate at 27% and stocks at 21%. This is the second year that investing in gold has topped the list of what those surveyed consider the "best investment" to make now.

    While survey participants are more optimistic this year than last about the stock market, 21% are uncertain if now is a good time to dabble in stocks, up from 11% in December 2009.

    Those who believe the current environment make it a good time to buy stocks jumped from 31% in November to 40%, the highest amount since December 2009.

    Moreover, in spite of the improved outlook for stocks, the overall view of the current state of the economy remains bleak. Currently, 60% of those surveyed are pessimistic about the U.S. economy, up from 56% in November.

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  • Can Gold Miners Increase Profits Through Spin Offs?

    After more than a decade of merger mania, gold miners are now looking to spin off some of their acquisitions.

    By doing so, the gold miners hope for better results after abysmal performance recently, as gold prices have fallen. And, as always, gold miners' profits rise and fall much faster than the yellow metal's price.

    The underperformance of the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSE: GDX) compared with that of the SPDR Gold Trust (NYSE: GLD) bears this out. GDX is down 20.5% since the end of last year, while GLD is down 4.8%.

    Investors are starting to get really impatient with the gold miners - so much so that billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson is arguing some of the world's biggest gold mining companies, including AngloGold Ashanti Limited (NYSE: AU), spin off some of the mines that they have acquired through M&A over the past 10 years.

    Paulson, the largest shareholder of GLD and AU, thinks the sum of the parts is greater than the value of the whole mining company. Paulson certainly can't be pleased with AU's 23.5% decline so far in 2013.

    Other gold majors, including Gold Fields Limited (NYSE: GFI) and Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE: ABX), have already spun off some of their mines or are in the process of doing so.

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  • These Gold Stocks Are Poised to Rebound in 2013 They almost HAVE to. Fact is, gold mining companies' stocks specifically have lagged the performance of the precious metal for six years. Here's why investors can expect a reversal in the next nine months. Read More...
  • The Looming Gold Production Cliff That Will Drive Prices Higher Country Canada maple leaf

    In recent years, global gold production has been at or near record levels. The plentiful supplies have led gold bears to argue that the yellow metal's decade-long bull run will end.

    But gold bears are dead wrong.

    In fact, the 'glory days' of gold production may be ending soon.

    That's because some industry experts are beginning to point to a gold "production cliff' that is looming not far in the future.

    And this coming decline in production can mean only one thing: higher gold prices.

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  • Why Bill Gross Says You Should Be Investing in Gold What is the Price of Gold Today?

    Renowned bond investor Bill Gross, the manager of PIMCO's Total Return Fund, the world's largest bond fund, just shared his top investment picks with Barron's. Leading the savvy investor's short and selective list was gold.

    Why is a bond bull keen on investing in gold?

    It's because Gross sees gold as a stellar inflationary hedge as global central banks attempt to reflate their economies.

    Gross explained that while it looks like loose monetary policies and the deluge of dollars will continue for a while, at some point both will have to stop and "when all this money printing by central banks ends, it won't be pretty."

    Gross sees trouble brewing in the artificially-priced U.S. Treasury market.

    "The Fed is buying 80% of the Treasury market today. It is remarkable to think that when the Treasury issues debt in the trillion-dollar-plus category, the Fed ends up buying most of it. The Treasury sells it to banks and primary dealers, who sell it back to the Fed at a higher bid," Gross explained.

    "This is very different from the free-market capitalism we've come to know. And it will continue until inflation exceeds the upper end of the central bank's target of 2.5% or, by some miracle, we get real economic growth," Gross continued.

    The artificially priced bonds leave investors to question if investing in them is worth the slender reward, given the paltry yields from a bevy of bonds except high-risk junk bonds.

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