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Most investors these days play gold through mutual funds and exchange-traded funds but the investment strategy of these vehicles varies widely, as have their performance relative to the metal's decade-long rally.
The West is close the point where its paper currency system is insolvent, and as a result gold is heading to $5,000 an ounce, according to the manager of a gold fund.
And how the "Mad Money" host recommends playing it.
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Markets could rebound after Thursday's global sell-off, but investors should see any bounce as a selling opportunity, as the world economy rolls towards total collapse, Mark Faber, editor and publisher of the Boom, Doom and Gloom Report told CNBC Friday.
Australia cannot bank on China to fuel its resources boom for more than the next 15 years, says an expert.
Mining CEOs criticized the imposition of the mining and carbon tax even as they face a surging dollar and labor shortgages.
Analysts say a shortfall in copper supply this year could boost one of Australia's smaller copper miners, Sandfire Resources.
Dennis Gartman, the Gartman Letter, explains why gold will move higher even if lawmakers sign a debt deal tomorrow.
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Gold soars to record highs after the latest read on the economy came in weaker than expected. Insight on how one gold producer is posting profits, with Richard O'Brien, Newmont Mining president/CEO.
Commodities supplies may not be able to keep pace with demand in the future mining giant Anglo American wanred on Friday as it reported first half profits which smashed expectations.
The U.S. dollar and Treasurys, which proved to be safe havens during the global financial crisis, can no longer be viewed as such, instead emerging markets were now a safer bet, renowned investor Mark Mobius told CNBC on Friday.
Australia's resources sector, which has experienced a multi-year boom, is a bubble waiting to burst, according to one fund manager.
Gold prices fell below $1,600 an ounce on Thursday after EU leaders agreed to a new bailout for Greece. But with crucial debt talks in the U.S. still unresolved, it may not be over yet for the gold bulls.
Investors continue to pile into gold exchange traded funds, amid persistent worries about the European debt crisis and uncertainty over whether U.S. lawmakers will come to an agreement in time to raise the federal debt ceiling and prevent default. But some analysts say gold-related assets may not be the best bet for the long haul.
Here's how the "Mad Money" host recommends getting exposure to the precious metal.
As Greece stands on the cusp of another bailout, one analyst says the fix is likely to be only temporary and he expects other Euro-zone countries to also require new rounds of funding. He believes the region's economic uncertainty will further weaken the Euro and boost gold prices.
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