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Gold Advances to Record as Economy, Debt Concerns Spur Demand

Gold surged to a record $1,899.40 an ounce as mounting concern that the global economy is slowing amid debt crises spurred demand for bullion as a protection of wealth. Platinum rose to a three-year high.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attempted to shut the door on common euro-area bonds as a means to solve the debt crisis, saying she won’t let financial markets dictate policy. The Federal Reserve holds its annual symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, this week, amid speculation that it may signal a third round of asset purchases to boost the faltering recovery.