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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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What would be the signs of a bubble in silver?

What signs are there of a bubble in silver (or other precious metal)? I was planning on buying some small quantity of silver soon, but I noticed the price has doubled recently and thought "what goes ...
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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. I am looking ...
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Pros & cons of investing in gold vs. platinum?

I'm considering moving some of my investments into physical precious metals in case the world economy tanks further. Both gold and platinum are near historical highs, but platinum has been more ...
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Is the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf actually used as legal tender?

How could it be that this gold coin was created as legal tender when its gold content value is much higher than its face value? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Gold_Maple_Leaf The face value ...
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When commodity prices rise, do commodity production companies produce lower returns than the commodities?

Suppose I alone know that the price of a commodity will double next month, and will then stay at that level for years. There are two simple ways I could exploit this knowledge: Buy the physical ...