Nicholas Larkin and Pham-Duy Nguyen
November 24, 2009

[efoods]Gold jumped to a record price as the slumping dollar boosted bullion’s appeal as an alternative asset. Silver also gained.

Gold futures touched an all-time high of $1,174 an ounce in New York, after the dollar fell as much as 0.9 percent against the euro. Gold has posted records during nine sessions this month, and is up 32 percent this year as investors and central banks increased their holdings of the metal to preserve wealth. Russia’s central bank said it bought more bullion last month.

“All this buying shows no confidence in the dollar,” said Bernard Sin, the head of currency and metals trading at bullion refiner MKS Finance SA in Geneva.

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