Whether you invest in the SPDR Gold Trust ETF or prefer a direct allocation to gold miners like Barrick Gold or Goldcorp , global macroeconomic issues are swirling to push gold prices into a volatile period. Pressures out of China and the fallout from the Cyprus bailout in the EU are just beginning to be understood. While the pure play of the ETF may be safer, the recent underperformance of the miners has some investors convinced that despite ballooning production costs, these embattled companies are the smarter play.

In the following video, Fool.com contributor Doug Ehrman discusses two of the most important global macro catalysts affecting gold today. While the full ramifications of these developments are hard to gauge, he points to certain factors that should remain on the minds of gold investors in the coming months.

Goldcorp is one of the leading players in the gold mining market. For the past several years, investors have been the beneficiaries of several successful acquisitions and strong organic growth. Goldcorp's low-cost production of one of the most sought-after metals in the world continues to make this stock an attractive choice for long-term investors. To learn everything you need to know about this mining specialist, you're invited to check out The Motley Fool's premium research report on the company, which comes with a full year of ongoing updates and analysis to keep you informed as key news breaks. Click here now to claim your copy today.

The article Dangerous Times Ahead for Gold originally appeared on Fool.com.

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The gold the mining and Mr. Bernanky diluting the dollar because there is no inflation Hoo!!!!!!
I really demand that Mr Bernanky stop using our precious tax dollars to tame inflation , why ? because inflation will go up and even worse we'll have a diluted dollar.
As an american I demand of president Obama release Bernanky and his fail policy,

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