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A trader works on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange after the opening bell in Lower Manhattan, New York May 14, 2013.
A trader works on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange after the opening bell in Lower Manhattan, New York May 14, 2013.
(Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

SCOTT BARLOW

Stress mounts for precious metals investors

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Extrapolating from personal experience, I can conservatively estimate that at least a few hundred financial advisors are dependent on a recovery in precious metals markets for their short-term profitability. Today will prove to be another nail-biter for them, with gold testing $1,400 (U.S.) and silver down two per cent.