Commodity traders think about the United States for natural gas, Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern nations for oil, Africa for gold, and Asia for foods such as rice. In doing so, they sometimes ignore commodity-rich Canada [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
A recent article from CNBC estimated that all the gold ever mined would fit nicely inside two Olympic sized swimming pools. It may not seem like a large amount, but has been enough to support a multi-billion dollar industry of gold investing and jewelry collecting among consumers. Much gold has yet to be mined from below the earth’s surface, and remaining finds have yet to be uncovered. Below are three of the largest gold finds in history, including some of the largest gold deposits, nuggets and collections of the precious metal that has already been converted into jewelry and related goods [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
The gold bull run has been talked about for years and years, as industry experts continue to raise the ceiling for this commodity, even suggesting that it has no peak. But a short term run could be just weeks away if historical patterns reveal anything. The potential run up in gold will have nothing to do with the rampant money printing by the Fed, inflationary scares, the fact that central banks are buying up the precious metal, or even threats of a collapsing economy. Instead, the momentum for gold for the last two months of the year could boil down to a few lines on a graph [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Gold’s massive historical returns have left no shortage of gold bugs in the commodity world. For years, investors have been flocking to the precious metal, choosing the commodity as their number one choice for safe haven investing. Gold also holds its appeal as being a potential hedge against inflation, allowing investors to protect their portfolios from a rise in prices. Although the yellow metal has no major industrial purposes, its demand across both developed and emerging markets has grown tremendously over the years as investors seek to add value and stability to their portfolios. In the gold exchange-traded product space, there is perhaps no fund more instrumental to gold’s rise than the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), which just so happens to be the second largest ETF in the world. GLD is home to nearly $68 billion in total assets and trades over 9 million times a day. But in recent years there … See the full story here →
Gold is one of the rarest metals in the world, and has a long history as a valuable and intensely sought-after element. Gold has served as the basis for physical currency for thousands of years, and many monetary systems throughout human history have utilized a gold standard that focused on the precious metal. Exploration and production of gold has become a major industry in regions that maintain significant deposits of the metal, and quests for gold have been the impetus of countless expeditions and discoveries. The price of the metal is widely followed by many investors, both sophisticated and simplistic. There are a number of different options for investing in gold, including buying up coins and bars of the product, exchange-traded futures contracts, stocks of companies engaged in the extraction and sale of the metal, and both physically-backed and futures-based exchange-traded products [see also The Guide To The Biggest Companies … See the full story here →
This article originally appeared on ETFdb.com Precious metal investors have been on a wild ride so far in 2011. After falling to start the year, gold took off from its level just above $1,300/oz., skyrocketing higher on inflation concerns and an increasingly weak dollar. The price eventually hit the $1,577 mark in early May before quickly selling off, falling by close to $100/oz. in a matter of weeks. While a stronger dollar and declining fears over inflation in some of the world’s key emerging markets has certainly played a role in gold’s short term demise, some believe that gold has hit a near term top and that this is just a speculative bubble popping.