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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.

What $1,600 Gold Really Means for You

Today, as gold surges past $1,600 an ounce, it's tempting to start rummaging through your jewelry box to raise cash. But there are other, better ways of making money from rising prices. Read on to find out how -- but first, you should know why gold is spiking, and how the price might change.

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.

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.

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.

Daily Blogwatch: The New Gold Could be a Liquid Asset

Some of the best reads for investors from around the Web, including posts about gold, the investment that could be the next gold, the chance the a new face will own Facebook, and the world's nerdiest porn star.