Investors have short memories. Keeping that in mind, you might want to print this column and save it at the ready. It is timely reading this week and without any doubt will be again -- sooner than any of us want to admit.
There are three distinct outcomes on the table for the U.S. credit rating, according to Standard and Poor's, and each scenario is tied directly to the actions of the leadership in the White House and Congress.
Gold prices have been rising, and many experts cite demand from the growing economies of China and India as the reason. But that's wrong. Gold is trading higher because of loose monetary policy and the purposeful devaluation of the US dollar.
The classic safe-haven investment has seen a strong uptrend in value since the autumn of 2008. Various factors have been credited as drivers of this move, but what is the risk gold could lose its luster?