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An employee arranges one-kilogram gold bars for a photograph at a Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K. store in Tokyo in 2014. (Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg)

An employee arranges one-kilogram gold bars for a photograph at a Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K. store in Tokyo in 2014.

(Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg)

Gold: a bad hedge against bad markets Add to ...

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Gold’s most enthusiastic advocates possess an endless—and breathless—penchant for seeing disaster just around the corner. Inflation is about to soar! Governments are poised to debase paper currencies! Negative interest rates are going to eat your savings! The only thing gold bugs love more than precious metals is exclamation marks.

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