Gold Stocks To Play QE3

With QE3 now an announced fact, gold has come back into the spotlight. While the actual historical performance of gold as an inflation hedge is more mixed than some goldbugs realize, the reality is that gold has done pretty well during most prior periods of monetary stimulus. Moreover, with the ongoing uncertainty regarding the economic health and future of Europe, the United States, Japan and China, gold’s demonstrated value as a hedge against uncertainty may also come into play [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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10 Gold Miners That Pay a Dividend

After the announcement of QE3, investors everywhere began flocking to gold. The precious metal has a number of appealing features, but its most alluring at the moment is its ability to hedge against a flailing dollar. With Bernanke and company slated to print $40 billion per month for an unknown duration, it seems that the greenback is due for a slump. Aside from the metal itself, many investors are also fond of gold equities, as they offer indirect exposure to the commodity, while allowing for advantages like a dividend. Below, we outline 10 gold miners that are currently paying a dividend to consider for your portfolio [for more gold news subscribe to our free newsletter].

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How to Play $10,000 Gold

“The world’s economy is a soft-paste porcelain vase set on a wobbly plant stand in the heart of an active earthquake zone”. Not only is that one of the best analogies I have ever read, but Jim McTague’s wording also hits the nail on the head for just how fragile our economic situation really is. Europe is stranded by mounds of debt from nations who can never seem to fully agree on what to do next, conflicts in the Middle East are only getting worse, and U.S. debt levels have recently surpassed that of our GDP, fantastic. But there is one positive takeaway for investors and that came from Ben Bernanke’s decision to implement yet another round of QE [for more economic news and updates subscribe to our free newsletter].

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3 Countries With The Largest Gold Reserves

Gold has a rich history throughout the centuries as a store of value and a means of exchange (money) for goods and services between peoples all over the world, no matter the particular culture. Perhaps that is because gold is found in so many locations around the globe. Today, gold producing countries are found on nearly all continents and run the gamut from economic superpowers like the United States to small, emerging market economies. No single country produces more than 14% of the gold mined each year, making it truly a global industry [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Commodity Trading Trends: Gold Stuck In A Correlation Rut

Gold is one of the most popular speculative instruments available in today’s markets. Many view gold as a safe haven from equities and a good place to be when volatility is hitting home. But over the past weeks, this notion has been anything but true, as gold has gotten itself stuck in a correlated trend with major equities. This can cause major damage to a portfolio, as most investors plan for gold to exhibit inverse movements to markets, providing a good hedge against unseen volatility or market dips. As recent trading days have been plagued with bad news, gold has seen its price falter right along with equities, frustrating investors who have long relied on the metal to shine on weak days [see also 25 Ways To Invest In Silver].

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Detailing Gold’s Wild Q3

By now, most investors are fully educated on gold’s safe haven abilities as well as its jaw-dropping returns. The past few years have seen the precious metal surge while equities have been anything but stable, drawing plenty of attention to the shiny commodity. First, it was the shattering of the $1,000/oz. barrier that put gold on the map. But it didn’t stop there, as the $1,400, $1,500, and even the $1,900/oz. mark was surpassed for a brief period of time. With gold appreciating rapidly, investors have been following its every move over the last few months, creating a headache for many, as the precious metal had a turbulent third quarter [see also 50 Ways To Invest In Gold].

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50 Ways To Invest In Gold

Gold investing has long been a popular option for investors looking to diversify their holdings. The precious metal is actively traded by a number of individuals and institutions, but is also held by a number of other investors as well. It has become a popular safe haven as there seems to be very few safe options left, especially now that the Swiss franc has been pegged to the euro. A gold allocation can also act as a hedging tool in a portfolio, as the metal’s price typically moves inversely when compared to major equity benchmarks, generally offering nice returns when broad markets are slumping [see also The Ultimate Guide To Gold Investing].

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Are Gold Miners A Buy?

Gold fever has struck the markets as unstable equities have led to the metal appreciating at a rapid pace. In fact, the price per ounce has shot up roughly 50% in the trailing year as a number of factors have converged to drive the price skyward. As the metal has rapidly approached the $2,000 per ounce level, investors have begun to speculate whether or not it is overvalued. There are compelling arguments for either side, but the truth is, gold is a difficult asset to value; it produces no cash flow, pays out no dividends, and has no underlying financials to sort through to determine what its true value is. One analyst goes as far to say that trying to value the metal is like “trying to solve a Rubik’s cube while you are blindfolded” [see also Three Ways To Play $2,000 Gold].

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The Guide To The Biggest Companies In Every Major Commodity Sector

Trading commodities has been popular for many years, as investors can use a number of different resources to gain access to their favorite commodity investments. But it was only a more recent development that commodities earned their keep in a long-term portfolio. Now, a small, but important, allocation to commodities is a necessity of any well diversified portfolio, as these investments offer a number of advantages such as hedging against inflation and maintaining low correlation levels to traditional asset classes [see also Commodity Investing: Physical vs. Futures].

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Company Spotlight: Barrick Gold Corporation (ABX)

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Gold is a commodity that needs no introduction. The precious metal has not only grown in popularity, but also in price, boosting returns for those lucky enough to have long-term allocations to the elusive metal. Lately, however, gold has been topping headlines all around the world, as the metal continually breaks new highs. Investors were shocked to see gold burst through the $1,600 per ounce mark, and then again at $1,700. So by the time gold breached $1,900, investors have almost come to expect this metal to continue its meteoric run above and beyond $2,000 per ounce [see also The Ultimate Guide To Gold Investing].

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