If the “doom and gloom” predictions of the global economy’s future do come to fruition, many analysts predict the value of gold will continue on its long-term upward trend, topping $2000 US per ounce in the next couple of years.

“It is not unreasonable with all the issues – the sovereign debt, municipal debt, huge trade deficits, and the cost of carrying – that gold will hit $1600 an ounce this year and $2000 an ounce in the next one to three years,” said Wayne Atwell, Managing Director at Casimir Capital.

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