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This one is easy to grasp: Just look at your 401k re­ports from 2008-2009. While stocks were cra­ter­ing, gold was hold­ing — and in­creas­ing — its value. And that story has been con­sis­tent over the long term: The price of gold fluc­tu­ates mod­estly but doesn’t suf­fer overnight dou­ble-digit de­clines like the stock mar­ket has.

That makes gold a smart in­vest­ment, es­pe­cially if you’re sav­ing for re­tire­ment, tu­ition, or a large pur­chase like a boat or new home — and can’t af­ford a sud­den down­turn. Imag­ine you’re less than 10 years from re­tire­ment, when your risk is the high­est, or you’ve stashed al­most enough for your dream barn ... and then the mar­ket plum­mets. Will you have the time or salary to build back your nest egg? If those an­a­lysts are cor­rect, gold’s his­tor­i­cal re­silience makes it a very at­trac­tive way to pro­tect your hard-earned sav­ings.

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