I trust that besides the sweaters, socks, shirts, and scarves under your tree, you found something bright and glittery, like say some gold stock certificates. Let me tell you, gold is hot right now. Now, I am not advising you to run right out and buy gold (although I did earlier this year) but rather to keep certain things in perspective that may not be realized all too often.

Gold raced to its highest price in nearly six years last week as increasing fears of war in Iraq lured investors to the precious metal. You have to consider that usually a haven in times of trouble, gold has soared around 25 percent this year alone, triggered by fears of conflict in the Middle East, a weaker dollar, falling equity markets, and rising oil prices. You could say that these all contributed to making it one of the best performing financial assets.

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