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Gold prices seem to be staying strong and may even be set to climb up even further, as the global economy appears to be slowing, and the risk of a possible recession seems more likely.

Did you know that precious metals are some of the most highly recycled items in the world? A surprisingly large amount of the annual gold consumption is actually made from recycled gold. So, does this mean us investors are helping to save the planet?

First-time precious metals investors are often surprised to find that a unique unit of measurement is used to weigh gold and silver: the Troy Ounce. The troy system is a different measurement system to the standard ounce (known as the avoirdupois ounce), so why do we use this system and where does it come from?

New data from the World Gold Council shows that, despite slowing global growth, demand for gold bars and coins look to have actually increased by around 4 percent in 2018.

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