Is It Time to Invest in Gold?

Stock market volatility has given investors gold fever. If you chase the rally, don’t overdo it.

Gold, which did little except glitter for most of the past five years, has seen price gains this year that rival Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index. Gold began the year at $1,279 an ounce, and it is currently trading at $1,498, a 17.1% gain. The S&P 500 is up just a shade more. (Returns and other data are through August 9.)

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John Waggoner
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com
John Waggoner has put personal finance and investing into plain English for more than three decades. He was a senior columnist for InvestmentNews and, prior to that, USA TODAY's personal finance columnist for 25 years. He has written for Morningstar, The Wall Street Journal, and Money magazine. Waggoner has also written three books on finance and investing. He has an undergraduate and graduate degree in English literature and is working on his Certified Financial Planner designation. He lives in Vienna, Virginia.