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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.

Keep Risk at Bay While Moving Back to Stocks

For investors, fear of losing money in the stock market is finally giving way to the reality that they may actually be losing money in low-yielding investments. So the move back to stocks if underway. But the key is do so safely. Here's some timely advice.

Why Gold Rose 420% in Eight Years: Blame It on the ETF

Gold is on a record bull run, up from $328 in 2002 to $1,375 an ounce today. What caused that steep rise wasn't any inherent increase in gold's value to society, but a clever marketing scheme that allowed it to be traded easily without the hassle of physical delivery: The SPDR Gold ETF.

Gold Coins vs. Gold Cons: Investors Beware

With fear about the future and mistrust of government on the rise, more investors are considering putting their savings into gold. But they should tread with caution: Gold bugs pitch the precious metal as a safe economic hedge, but the sellers' shenanigans could cost you a bundle.

Risky Business: Derivatives Dwarf the World's GDP

One of the biggest risks to the world's financial health is the $1.2 quadrillion derivatives market. It's complex, it's unregulated, and it ought to be of concern to world leaders that its notional value is 20 times the size of the world economy.

In This Market, Crude Oil Is as Good as Gold

Oil demand is still soft following the recession, but prices remain high. Why? Investors' use of oil as an alternative investment and a hedge against a declining dollar are as much to blame as OPEC's manipulations.