precious metals

Gold Takes a Breather After Record High

Gold is wavering Wednesday after closing at a record high in the previous session. Prices have risen sharply over the past three weeks as the euro has come under pressure.

ETFs at Midyear: Investments Keep Pouring In

The first half of 2010 has been anything but dull for exchange-traded fund investors. ETF assets in the U.S. decreased 0.4% to $772 billion as of June 30, but that actually indicates a serious inflow of cash: Equity markets, as measured by the S&P 500, fell 8.9% during the period.

James Altucher: Gold Is Just a Rock. Buy Stocks

With the price of gold now off its highs, should investors put money into the precious metal? James Altucher explains why there are better places to invest in this short and frank discussion on silver, gold and stocks.

Polishing Your Portfolio: Is Silver the New Gold?

Because of its industrial applications and its inherent value as a precious metal, silver -- which has doubled in price since the beginning of the recession -- could help protect investors against market uncertainty, recovery or not.

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.

The Other Precious Metals Are Outshining Gold

Whether gold has more short-term upside ahead depends more on fear than fundamentals. The other side of that trade is a bet on global growth, and based on the performance of the economically more useful metals, the bulls are winning.