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Gold and Other Precious Metals 2011

  • Golden Age Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 4:00 PM ET

    What is it about gold that makes people so passionate, crazy, paranoid?  Our special report answers that question and more. We'll take you to mines in South Africa, gold bank vaults in London, trading pits in New York  and the shop floor of a huge gold-jewelry manufacturer in Louisiana.

Why Metals Matter

Modern Gold Mania

  • Gold's Secret Hiding Place Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 1:03 PM ET
    Gold and Other Money Metals - A CNBC Special Report

    Almost no one outside the sponsor (the World Gold Council) has ever seen the gold in the world's largest vault — until now.

  • Hunting For Gold In World's Deepest Mine Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | 12:00 PM ET
    The deepest mine in the world. The Mponeng mine owned by AngloGold Ashanti, just one hour outside of Johannesburg.

    Gold is increasingly harder to find, forcing thousands of miners to drill deeper, at higher costs and greater danger.

  • A Gold Rush Without The Rush Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 3:32 PM ET
    A jeweller weighs gold jewellery at a shop in Ahmedabad on October 7, 2010. Gold surged to a record 1,356.50 USD an ounce in Hong Kong trade. Dealers are buying up the precious metal as the USD remains under pressure amid concerns over the global economy and as dealers look to invest in the safe haven in times of uncertainty. AFP PHOTO/ Sam PANTHAKY (Photo credit should read SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)

    These should be boom times for the mining business in California and Nevada.  There is no "rush" in the new gold rush.

  • So Where Do You Keep Your Bullion? Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 | 10:35 AM ET

    With the price of gold soaring to record levels, the precious metal has become that much more dear. Where and how should gold buyers store their bullion and coins?

  • Where Gold Rules Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 7:16 PM ET
    Indian customers look at gold jewellery items on display at the Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri (TBZ) store in Ahmedabad.

    Long the home of gold lovers, demand is higher than ever,  with buyers fearful prices will rise further, ahead of the traditional October-November wedding season.

  • How the Gold Business Operates Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 | 12:42 PM ET
    Gold Bars

    Straight from the mines, rough gold goes through a highly complex process, and often travels around the world before it ever makes it to the consumer.

Investing in Metals

  • How To Tap The Market Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 3:34 PM ET
    Gold coins and bar

    From physical coins to futures, options, and ETFs -- reporter Bob Pisani breaks down  the how and where to invest in gold. 

  • Mother Lode Of ETFs Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 3:35 PM ET
    Cash and gold

    The SPDR Gold Trust, with over $60 billion in assets, is far and away the largest gold fund.

  • Beyond Gold, What Else? Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 3:39 PM ET
    Copper Tubing

    Like commodities in general, metals help investors diversify as their performance bears little resemblance to that of stocks.

  • Good As Gold Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 9:58 AM ET

    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.

  • Why Gold Vaulting May Trump Futures Trading Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 12:59 PM ET
    Gold and Other Money Metals - A CNBC Special Report

    Gold Bullion International's CEO explains the advantages.  "When you own a real asset, there's no counterparty risk between you and the real asset," he says

Interactive Features

  • Poll: Key Gold-Price Driver Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 3:41 PM ET

    The precious metal has quintupled in price over the past decade, but there's considerable debate as to why.

  • Test Your Gold IQ Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 4:09 PM ET

    Before you join the herd of gold bulls, take our quiz to see whether you can tell myth from markets.

Slideshows

  • World's Biggest Gold Reserves Monday, 18 Jul 2011 | 11:17 AM ET
    With the price of gold reaching an all-time high of $1246 per ounce, in these uncertain times the market has been moving dramatically towards this traditional safe haven.  The biggest individual holders of gold - Central banks, International entities and governments - are believed to account for approximately 20.5 percent of the world's gold, holding about 29,787 tons. The numbers are taken from the monthly report produced by the , which the gold industry's key market development body. So which

    The holdings presented here are as of WGC's December 2011 report, unless otherwise noted. So, who holds the most gold? Click ahead to find out!

  • 10 Outrageous Objects Made of Gold Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 8:57 PM ET
    With gold hitting record highs, we were thinking about all the different ways you can own it.Sure, you can buy gold bars, or an ETF to try to take advantage of the hot metal's rise. Or you can go for something a little more fun. So here's a look at some unusual ways some people have found to stake their gold claims.

    For some people, gold is the ultimate safe haven commodity. Here's a look at the 10 most outrageous items some people have found to stake their gold claims.

  • Most Expensive Rare U.S. Coins Monday, 31 Aug 2009 | 12:39 PM ET
    Coins don’t always mean small change; in fact, some rare coins are worth a small fortune.Click ahead to see the 15 most expensive coins, including those considered priceless.

    Click to see the 15 most expensive U.S. coins, including those considered priceless.

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