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Gold Hits Record-Breaking High On Weaker Dollar


The price of gold set a record high for a second straight day Wednesday as investors looked for an alternative to a weakening U.S. dollar.

Various unsettling events in the world in the last few months – such as the political unrest in the Middle East and then the earthquake and tsunami in Japan – have pushed some investors to look for what they view as a secure commodity. Increasingly, they have bought gold.


The price went above the $1,500 mark for the first time after the Standard & Poor’s financial services firm on Monday lowered its economic outlook for the United States from “stable” to “negative” on fears that the country’s leaders will not be able to reach a deal to rein in the growing U.S. governmental debt.

Some analysts say the price of gold could increase further. Investors have also bought another much cheaper commodity: silver. It has risen to more than $44 an ounce – a three-decade high.



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