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In their most recent chart of the day The Economist shows the inflation adjusted price of gold since 1800.  Their editors note that the yellow metal is still significantly lower than its 1980’s highs, but is beginning to look a bit frothy when compared to the same period:

“FOR the past nine months, gold has been trading consistently over $1,000 an ounce. It reached a high of $1,259 on June 18th, up 35% from a year earlier. After adjusting for inflation, today’s heady prices are some way off the 1980s mania. The 2010 yearly average of $1,154 is still 29% below the inflation-adjusted price in 1980 of $1,623. Perhaps now is the time to sell. After the January 1980 peak, the price fell by 55% over the following two years.”

Source: The Economist

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