Is this the year gold stops breaking hearts?

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Gold has been hard to love the last several years, with rally after rally failing and the metal ultimately falling to new lows. The once popular SPDR Gold Trust ETF has been shunned by investors.

But gold has been on a tear this year, even though investors still eye its gains suspiciously. The precious metal has entered a key technical zone, and it might just be about to prove that it has the stamina to stay at higher levels while global risk markets are rocked and investors look for safety.