Is Gold a Falling Knife?

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Due to gold's recent plunge marking its largest percentage drop since 1980, the explosive volume in the SPDR Gold Trust , and many swirling global macroeconomic factors, the precious yellow metal has spooked investors. The decline has not been limited to the commodity, as miners like Goldcorp , Barrick Gold , and Newmont Mining are experiencing precipitous declines as well. Adding to the concern is the fact that investors have been unable to pinpoint the precise cause of the collapse.

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In the below video, Fool.com contributor Doug Ehrman discusses whether gold has become too risky to touch under current circumstances and what the prospects for the future of the commodity look like. Gold has classically been considered a safe-haven investment, making its spiking risk a unique market dynamic worth understanding.

Goldcorp is one of the leading players in the gold mining market. For the last several years, investors have been the beneficiaries of several successful acquisitions and strong organic growth. Goldcorp's low-cost production of one of the most sought-after metals in the world continues to make this stock an attractive choice for long-term investors. To learn everything you need to know about this mining specialist, you're invited to check out The Motley Fool's premium research report on the company, which comes with a full year of ongoing updates and analysis to keep you informed as key news breaks. Click here now to claim your copy today.

The article Is Gold a Falling Knife? originally appeared on Fool.com.

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