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Gold Rises to Record, Silver Jumps on Dollar’s Slump, Debt Woes

Gold futures surged to a record $1,588.90 an ounce as the dollar’s slump and the European debt crisis spurred demand for precious metals as alternative assets. Silver surged the most since March 2009.

The greenback fell as much as much as 1 percent against a six-currency basket after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke told Congress that the central bank is prepared to provide additional stimulus to bolster the economy. Yesterday, Ireland became the third nation in the European Union to have its credit rating cut below investment grade.