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Since reaching lows of less than US$300 an ounce 12 years ago, the price of gold has rocketed. Last year gold peaked at over US$1,900 an ounce and, despite recent falls, still sits above US$1,600 an ounce today. If you thought a soaring gold price would propel the shares of gold miners higher, however, you’d be wrong.Gold equities have performed miserably over the course of the gold boom. Since 2003, S&P’s Global Gold Index Fund (XGD), a measure of gold equity performance, has risen just 42% while the most popular gold ETF, listed on the New York Stock Exchange as...

Since reaching lows of less than US$300 an ounce 12 years ago, the price of gold has rocketed. Last year gold peaked at over US$1,900 an ounce and, despite recent falls, still sits above US$1,600 an ounce today. If you thought a soaring gold price would propel the shares of gold miners higher, however, you’d be wrong.

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