The yellow precious metal, used in jewelry, and as money, as well as in the industry and medicine.

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Is there a general guideline for what percentage of a portfolio should be in gold?

I have some gold (GLD), but not much - a little over 1% of my net worth, and about 2% of my non-retirement investments. I'd like to increase this position as an inflation hedge and to have something ...
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How fast does the available amount of gold in the world increase due to mining?

How much new gold is injected into the economy of the world due to mining activity as a percentage of the already available gold? In other words, what is the annual increase in the amount of gold that ...
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Pros/cons for buying gold vs. saving money in an interest-based account?

Over the years, I have noticed a certain pattern when it comes to money and gold. For example, my father bought a house 30 years ago for $20,000, and today that house is worth $200,000. If my father ...
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Storing Gold and Silver

Apart from midnight-gardening ... what are some of the truly safe and cost-effective storage methods for gold and silver bullion? This is for core bullion with no numismatic value. And, yes I am ...
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What assets would be valuable in a post-apocalyptic scenario?

In spite of the tendency for people to think of gold and diamonds as an emergency store of value for a shit-hits-the-fan scenario, I have a hard time understanding how owning physical gold would ...
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Relationship between silver and gold prices historically

Can anyone tell me, or point me to documentation that shows the historic relationship between gold and silver prices? Or, better yet, can anyone point me to a source that shows monthly or weekly gold ...
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What are some legitimate places to buy gold bullion bars in USA?

I am looking to buy gold bars. Just the element with minimal "craftsmanship". What are some good places/outlets to buy gold in the USA?
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Buying gold / silver as a hedge against hyperinflation

I'm becoming more interested in buying gold / silver coins as a hedge against inflation and especially hyperinflation. I know very little about this, and there are thousands of sites on the internet ...
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Can gold prices vary between two places or country at the same time?

Can gold prices vary between two places or countries at the same point in time ? Here is an answer but I am looking for a more detailed answer.
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Why did gold prices drop in 1981?

Anyone know why gold prices drop by $400 an ounce in 1981? http://www.kitco.com/scripts/hist_charts/yearly_graphs.plx
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Options revisited: Gold fever

In my recent question, I asked how to operate with options. Now I would like to see whether I learned anything. At this moment, Gold is rising. Fast. As I see it, in the future, the gold price has to ...
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What governs the shape of price history graphs?

I think the price history graphs of speculative investments such as housing and gold look like a series of linked "u"s, ie sharp peaks and rounded troughs, while the graphs of less speculative ...
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Tracking Gold and Silver (or any other commodity investment) in Quicken 2010?

I am an avid Quicken user, and I have pretty much every account, investment, liability, and asset tracked in it. I recently started purchasing gold and silver as an alternative, "backup" investment, ...
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Does the US produce a gold coin?

And if so, are there reputable places to obtain the coins (i.e. a local bank, US mint website, etc.)?
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Why does gold have value?

I'm curious about why is there so much financial interest and news coverage about gold. It's hard to do things like buy food or pay the rent with gold, but I can do this with cash. Gold doesn't yield ...
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If I have some old gold jewellery, is it worth it to sell it for its melt value?

TV, radio, and print ads make it look easy to get cash for gold jewellery. But, really, is it worth it to sell jewellery for its melt value or is there a better alternative? Do places that offer to ...