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Beware of Gold Scams

Gold has been on a tear, but that doesn't mean that the metal is without its dangers. Even legitimate investment in gold requires a strong stomach, but far worse is the panoply of scammers who are out to take advantage of recent trends and investor interest. Here's how to spot a scam, and invest in gold safely.

Buying Bullion: Are Gold Coins Worth the Money?

With gold trading at around $1,600 an ounce, this most precious of metals seems to many like a smart investment. And if you have a television, you've doubtless seen ads encouraging you to buy physical gold. But think twice: Owning bullion can be more trouble than it's worth, and alternatives exist.

Think You've Missed Gold's Run-Up? Think Again

One interesting aspect of the gold rush is that shares of gold-miners haven't skyrocketed along with the price of physical gold. So, one money pro offers his top-three gold-mining stock picks for investors who are still on the outside looking in.