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By Jason Zweig | July 24, 2020 10:00 am ET


Almost five years ago to the day, a market commentator with a prominent platform called gold “a pet rock.” Since then, gold has risen nearly 70%, hitting an all-time high this week.

That market commentator? Yours truly. How wrong was I, and what can we learn from my mistake?

Oh, was I ever wrong. The yellow metal didn’t sit inert. Since I wrote that column five years ago, gold has returned an average of 10.5% annually — barely below the gains on U.S. stocks. And so far in 2020, it’s up 24% even as stocks are as flat for the year as … pet rocks.


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For further reading:


Benjamin Graham, The Intelligent Investor

Jason Zweig,The Devil’s Financial Dictionary

Jason Zweig, Your Money and Your Brain

Jason Zweig, The Little Book of Safe Money


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