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After an amazing run that lasted over a decade, gold has been a major laggard this year.And lately it has been particularly weak. But it remains the subject of an intense amount of fascination, both in terms of the investment prospects, and as a subject of political and historical debate.

So we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to gold: Its history, its performance, what moves it, and what it might do next.

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