precious metals

Gold plunges below $1,400 an ounce

The price of gold has plunged to below $1,400 per ounce, a level not seen since February 2011, as traders become bearish and worries about Cyprus selling off its reserves intensify.

Precious metals: to have or to hold?

The discussion boards on Money Observer's sister website Interactive Investor have been going crazy with vigorous debate about the best way to hold precious metal – physical or synthetic. We asked regular columnist, investor and coin collector Peter Temple to examine the argument.