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  • I lost $50,000 in Bitcoin crash, but I'm still a believer

    At the start of the year, Simon Lang was about $1,000 in the hole on his initial Bitcoin investment. But as the price of the digital currency ballooned to an all-time high of $266 last week, Lang found himself $60,000 richer.

    But that didn't last very long.

    As Bitcoin prices tumbled to around $50 earlier this week, the value of his stake shrank to about $11,000.

    "I was surprised at how fast the price went MORE

    - Apr 18, 2013 6:43 AM ET
  • Gold plunges 5%, below $1500

    So much for that weak dollar, huh? The Bitcoin craze may finally be peaking and now another "alternative" currency is plunging too: gold.

    Gold, which in its defense is at least a tangible asset, sank 5% Friday and fell below $1500 an ounce. Gold has fallen out of favor lately as stocks have continued to surge. Several Wall Street banks slashed their gold price targets earlier this week.

    The MORE

    - Apr 12, 2013 4:00 PM ET
  • Wall Street sours on gold

    Wall Street is turning its back on gold.

    Both Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank lowered their year-end forecast for the precious metal this week, citing an improving U.S. economy.

    Goldman slashed its target to $1,545 per ounce for 2013, down from its previously estimate of $1,610. The bank also lowered its outlook for 2014 to $1,350 an ounce, down from an earlier forecast of $1,490.

    Meanwhile, Deutsche Bank reduced its year-end forecast MORE

    - Apr 10, 2013 2:06 PM ET
  • Gold bugs are back ... sort of

    Gold is making a comeback, at least for today.

    The precious metal shot above $1,600 an ounce Monday, as rattled investors looked for safe spots to park off while Cyprus sorts out its banking issues. Over the weekend, it seemed like the tiny nation was going to get its 10 billion euro bailout and it would be business as usual.

    But then the strings were attached, in the form of a tax MORE

    Mar 18, 2013 1:23 PM ET
  • Gold drops to 7-month low, flirts with 'death cross'

    Gold prices dropped to a 7-month low Wednesday, and are on the verge of hitting a technical level that could signal more bearishness ahead.

    Gold, which has tumbled more than $200, or 12%, since early October is close to forming a so-called death cross, the term for when the 50-day moving average breaks below the 200-day moving average.

    The last time gold prices entered into death cross territory was in April MORE

    - Feb 20, 2013 2:27 PM ET
  • Gold bugs dancing on the debt ceiling

    The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Paul R. La Monica. Other than Time Warner, the parent of CNNMoney, Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie, La Monica does not own positions in any individual stocks.

    There is a common misconception that gold is only a great thing to own when investors are in full-blown Chicken Little panic mode. But gold has enjoyed a decent rally in the past few weeks MORE

    - Jan 24, 2013 11:56 AM ET
  • Gold bugs scoop up American Eagle coins

    Gold bugs stocked up on their favorite coin last month in a post-election pop.

    Sales of American Eagle gold coins, a popular investment among retail buyers, jumped 130% in November.

    The U.S. Mint sold 136,500 ounces worth of American Eagle gold coins in November, up from 59,000 ounces in October.  The coins come in various sizes ranging from one ounce to a tenth of an ounce.

    The surge in demand came immediately after MORE

    - Dec 11, 2012 1:01 PM ET
  • Gold demand slips ... but not for long?

    The weak global economy took a toll on demand for gold in the third quarter, according to an industry report released Thursday.

    The World Gold Council said demand for the precious metal fell 11% in the three months ended Sept. 30, down from record high levels in the same period a year ago.

    The decline was driven by a sluggish market for gold bars and coins in the United States and Europe. MORE

    - Nov 15, 2012 10:56 AM ET
  • Gold bugs love fiscal cliff fears

    The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Paul R. La Monica. Other than Time Warner, the parent of CNNMoney, and Abbott Laboratories, La Monica does not own positions in any individual stocks.

    If Congress and President Obama hurl America over the fiscal cliff, some fearful investors may clutch tightly to gold on the long way down.

    Stocks have been hit hard since Election Day as fiscal cliff concerns dominate MORE

    - Nov 13, 2012 12:44 PM ET
  • Gold is not just a lunatic fringe investment

    The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Paul R. La Monica. Other than Time Warner, the parent of CNNMoney, and Abbott Laboratories, La Monica does not own positions in any individual stocks.

    Gold is often derisively referred to as an investment that only kooks who are preparing for the end of the world in a bunker can love. But it might be time to stop with all the MORE

    - Sep 25, 2012 12:53 PM ET
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