silver

Is a Silver Bull Market Underway?

It is silver's time to shine after the precious metal climbed for seven straight sessions to notch gains not seen in nearly five years.

529 College Savings Plans: The Good, the Bad and the Unranked

Morningstar has published its annual analysis of America's best and worst 529 college savings plans, and while there are good options out there, a lot depends on where you live. If you have kids -- and higher-education-related hopes for them -- here's what you need to know.

Gold Tops the List of the Fourth Quarter's Likely Winners

Most commodities rallied in the third quarter, but can they hold on to their advance? Read on, and find out which ones still have legs to dance their way higher, and which are poised to take a tumble. The short answer to that from analysts is that gold and oil are likely to advance, while grains and sugar are among those that probably won't, but there will be a lot of different factors to consider.

Why More People May Sell Their Gold for Cash

More people have been selling their gold jewelry in the past year, many to cover expenses, others to just to take advantage of record high prices. Prices have dipped a bit from their recent highs, but expect more people to sell in the months ahead, and expect the prices to rise again.

10 Smart Places to Invest In Case the U.S. Defaults

The odds that the U.S. will default on its debt increase each day, and even if a short-term deal is reached, the ratings agencies may downgrade U.S. debt anyway. If that happens, turmoil could roil the markets. So where can the smart money flee for safety? 24/7 Wall St. offers 10 safe options.

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.

Food, Clothing Prices Should Fall As Commodities Tumble

Over the past year, the prices of many commodities have risen at record paces to record highs. But recently, those prices have begun to plunge, and consumers should begin to see the effects of those declines fairly soon, in the form of less-expensive groceries and clothing.

Is Gold a Bubble About to Pop? These Charts Say No

Some say the precious metal will keep rising, others that it's tracing out a classic speculative bubble soon to burst. Nobody has a crystal ball, but an "agnostic" technical analysis of the charts provides some good clues about gold's future.

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.

Why Dow 11,000 Is Worth a Lot Less Now Than in 2001

When adjusted for inflation, the current stock market hasn't recovered nearly as much as it seems if look at only nominal prices. At best (reinvesting all dividends from a "share" of the 2001 Dow), you've gained 3.6%. Otherwise, you're down by some 23%.

Gold Prices Set Record on Inflation Fears

Gold futures surpassed a record price of $1,380 an ounce Thursday on investor fears that the Federal Government's new $600 billion stimulus package may spur inflation and devalue the U.S. dollar.

Manipulation or Not, Is Silver a Smart Investment?

Shares of silver are up about 40% so far this year, compared to just over 20% for gold. But a statement from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Tuesday could rattle prices as investors consider whether to add silver to their portfolios

Goldcorp to Buy Andean Resources for $3.4 Billion

Goldcorp Inc. (GG) will purchase Andean Resources Limited (AND) for about C$3.6 billion ($3.4 billion). Andean%u2019s principal asset is its Cerro Negro gold project in Argentina, the companies said in a statement. Cerro Negro currently has reported indicated resources of 2.54 million ounces of gold and 23.56 million ounces of silver.

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.

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.