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Rob Carrick's Reader: Don't be sold on gold

An analysis of gold’s performance as an investment finds unpredictable patterns that, arguably, make it unsuitable for the average portfolio.

Scott Rothstein

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Don't be sold on gold
An analysis of gold's performance as an investment finds unpredictable patterns that, arguably, make it unsuitable for the average portfolio.

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Editor's note: If you don't receive Rob Carrick's newsletter twice weekly by email, you can sign up to get it for free at The Globe and Mail. All you need to do is register for the site, or if you've already registered, log in and go to your profile at the top of the homepage. Once you're in your profile, look under Newsletters and Alerts and look for the Personal Finance Reader and other newsletters. Other financial newsletters include: Business Ticker, a summary of the day's top business stories; and Berman's Market Update, a summary of the markets at the open, noon and close.

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Rob Carrick has been writing about personal finance, business and economics for close to 20 years. He joined The Globe and Mail in late 1996 as an investment reporter and has been personal finance columnist since November 1998. Rob's personal finance columns appear in The Globe on Tuesday and Thursday, and his Portfolio Strategy column for investors appears on Saturday. More

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