Why Gold Matters for Ordinary Investors

Gold prices plunged this week, creating havoc and leading many analysts to declare an end to the long run-up in the yellow metal's price over the past decade. But ordinary investors may wonder why they should care about gold if they stick largely to conservative stocks such as those in the Dow Jones Industrials (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) . 

In the following video, Fool markets analyst Mike Klesta talks with Fool contributor Dan Caplinger about the impact that gold's decline will have on typical investors. Beyond exchange-traded funds that track the price of the metal and gold-mining stocks that count on high prices for their profits, Dan notes that many companies, including some Dow components, rely on a healthy gold-mining industry for their own businesses. Moreover, entire national economies benefit from strong gold prices, and the plunge may force them to accept slower growth or even recessionary conditions in the near future.

Goldcorp is one of the leading players in the gold mining market. For the past several years, investors have been the beneficiaries of several successful acquisitions and strong organic growth. Yet with much lower gold prices, will Goldcorp's low-cost production of one of the most sought-after metals in the world continue to make this stock an attractive choice for long-term investors? To learn everything you need to know about this mining specialist, you're invited to check out The Motley Fool's premium research report on the company, which comes with a full year of ongoing updates and analysis to keep you informed as key news breaks. Click here now to claim your copy today.

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