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With stock markets close to record highs, should we be running for cover? With stock markets close to record highs, should we be running for cover? Ahmad Awawi

The markets are close to record highs, but they’re still the best long-term bet

The FTSE 100 reached 6877.39 points last week. It was the highest since its all-time peak of 6950.60 on December 30 1999 before the start of the deflation of the great dotcom bubble in January 2000. It…
Mining in the pre-algorithmic era. Australia, c1855. Mining in the pre-algorithmic era. Australia, c1855. Edwin Stockqueler

Bitcoin is like a real gold rush: it’s the miners who are exploited

The recent crash of popular bitcoin exchange MtGox has given some commentators the opportunity to hint at the collapse of bitcoin itself. There are historical comparisons to be drawn here with the 2001…
So that’s where all the reserves went. So that’s where all the reserves went. nagarjun

Gold flows from west to east, and India is running out of cash

In a single month this year 240 tonnes of gold were exported from London to Switzerland. That’s almost three times the amount that was exported in the whole of 2012. In total, 797 tonnes left UK vaults…
Unrest in Syria has raised concerns about world oil supplies. Unrest in Syria has raised concerns about world oil supplies. potomo

How the Syrian unrest affects world markets

Prospective US and UK military action in Syria has created jitters in the financial and commodities markets around the world. Stock markets have experienced significant losses, whereas commodities and…
Australian gold mines can yield as little as 1g of gold per tonne of rock – but X-rays can detect minuscule amounts of gold and save billions of dollars. Australian gold mines can yield as little as 1g of gold per tonne of rock – but X-rays can detect minuscule amounts of gold and save billions of dollars. Ben Cooper

Eureka! X-ray vision can find hidden gold

Globally, the minerals industry is operating in an increasingly challenging environment. Lower and more volatile metal prices, declining ore grades, increasing production costs, environmental pressures…
As the price of gold continues to plunge, many investors are wondering whether the shiny commodity has lost its lustre. As the price of gold continues to plunge, many investors are wondering whether the shiny commodity has lost its lustre. Flickr\Bullion Vault

A bear in there: the fading fortunes of the gold market

It has been a turbulent time for the gold market. The past two days of trading have been particularly volatile, with gold prices recording the sharpest two-day drop in 30 years . The severity of the fall…
Gold and silver are traditionally considered “safe havens”. Gold and silver are traditionally considered “safe havens”. Image sourced from shutterstock.com

Explainer: what are safe haven investments?

Safe haven investments are investments that provide a low level of risk during periods of extreme economic uncertainty. The problem is that a safe haven investment is a safe haven investment until it is…
Some Republicans may be yearning for a return to the gold standard, but the idea has lost its lustre among the vast majority of economists. Some Republicans may be yearning for a return to the gold standard, but the idea has lost its lustre among the vast majority of economists. Image from www.shutterstock.com

The gold standard of truthiness: a bad idea that feels good (to some Republicans)

A few years back, mock-conservative TV pundit Stephen Colbert famously introduced the notion of “truthiness” into the political lexicon. As Colbert put it, truthiness pertains not to whether beliefs are…
Australia’s mining companies have intensified their exploration of resources in Indonesia, much to the detriment of local communities. Australia’s mining companies have intensified their exploration of resources in Indonesia, much to the detriment of local communities. Jeff Lewis

The Australian assault on Indonesia’s riches

Not satisfied with the abundance of our own natural resources, Australian mining companies have spread their interests across the region. Many of these ventures— Ok Tedi, Bougainville, Freeport-Grasberg…
During the Great Depression, policymakers had an irrational - and detrimental - attachment to the gold standard. Should we be worried about the similar fervour for a strong euro? During the Great Depression, policymakers had an irrational - and detrimental - attachment to the gold standard. Should we be worried about the similar fervour for a strong euro? BullionVault

When it comes to solving the euro’s woes, it’s the same gold story

Are the tragedies of the 1920s repeating themselves in the twenty-first century? In the 1920s, an irrational attachment to the gold standard helped cause the Great Depression, as European fears of inflation…
Uncertainty about the US economy is driving investors back to the safe-haven metal. Uncertainty about the US economy is driving investors back to the safe-haven metal. AAP

Explainer: Why gold is still precious for investors

The price of gold reached a record high of $US1607.01 an ounce on Tuesday as investors turn to the precious metal amid uncertain global economic conditions. University of Western Australian Professor of…

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