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What a Return to the Gold Standard Would Mean for You

This week, the GOP is considering a bold plan to transform the U.S. economy: a return to the gold standard. Most economists are highly skeptical about what it would do to the economy. But how it would impact the average taxpayer? Here's a look at what it means -- and how it would affect you.

Are Bitcoins Becoming Europe's New Safe Haven Currency?

With the woes of Greece, Spain and Italy still punishing the euro, a lot of Europeans are shifting assets into Bitcoins, a freely convertible currency that's free of government interference. Could the eurozone crisis bring this digital money into the mainstream?

Gold-Backed U.S. Currency? Yes, But 'U' Stands for Utah

Earlier this year, the Utah state legislature passed a law making gold and silver coins legal tender. Now, a Salt Lake City-area numismatist hopes to set up a depository system that will allow Utahans to use gold and silver to pay for anything they want.

Gold, Stocks and the Dollar: The Rise and Fall of a Correlation

For the past two years, the relationship between the dollar, stocks and gold was strong. When the dollar dropped, stocks and gold rose, and vice versa, nearly all the time. But since New Year's Day, that link has completely vanished, which is terrible news for the gold bugs.

What Ron Paul Wants: A Quartet of U.S. Currencies

According to two Paul supporters, the Texas Republican isn't ready to go directly back to the gold standard. Instead, he wants to keep the dollar and add three more currencies. Those would be based on gold, silver and copper.