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Why Do Central Banks Buy Gold?

Central banks around the world have been quietly buying gold for nearly a decade, reports the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), and have been net buyers every year since 2008. Their demand for gold jumped from less than two percent of total world demand in 2010, to 14 percent in 2014, adds the…

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Gold Bars vs. Gold Coins?

You already recognize the important role gold can play in strengthening your portfolio and protecting your wealth. After all, gold “generated better returns in 2016 than 10-year Treasuries and the U.S. dollar, which performed half as well,” acknowledges Frank Holmes, CEO of U.S. Global Investors. But have you ever wondered about different forms of gold?…