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Of course, if you believe that a crisis is brewing, why not just go with the old standby of gold?

Billed as the ultimate inflation hedge, gold is metal of choice for the doomsday crowd. It is a tangible asset unlike stocks or paper money, and worth enough on a per-ounce basis to make your life savings portable — though a bit heavy if you’re well-off.

At about $1,700 an ounce, gold has rolled back from its mid-2011 high of almost $1,927 an ounce … still, the precious metal has more than tripled since 2005.

For thousands of years gold has been valuable, and likely will remain so no matter what the future holds.

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