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Get ready for a busy week of economic, earnings, political, and Federal Reserve news.  Futures are indicated higher to start to the week on little in the way of a concrete catalyst, but gold is surging as the dollar continues its decline.

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OK. There’s a lot not to like about the world around us right now, whether it be from a societal, health, or economic perspective.  While there are also plenty of silver linings, it’s not likely we’ll ever be looking back at this period as a ‘golden’ year.  That doesn’t mean gold can’t shine, though.  Prices are surging to kick off the week and appear locked and loaded on an eventual run to $2,000 per ounce as the precious metal is on pace for its 7th straight day of gains.

Longer-term, today’s rally has also pushed gold to new record highs eclipsing the prior record high of $1920.7 from September 2011.  With a gap of nearly nine years since its last record high, it may seem like a long time since gold last made a new high, the prior gap was much longer.  After topping $800 per ounce in early 1980, gold then went more than 25 years without making another new high.  Talk about a drought!

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