A number of reasons have been given for gold's (GLD) sudden free-fall, chief among them the...

|By:, SA News Editor

A number of reasons have been given for gold's (GLD) sudden free-fall, chief among them the ECB's pressurization of Cyprus' central bank to sell its gold reserves to help pay for the country's bailout. That has raised expectations that other distressed eurozone members might be forced to sell gold as well. Other factors include bearish forecasts such as from Goldman Sachs, the slow improvement in the U.S. economy, and the perception that gold is no longer needed as a safe haven. Gold -4.1% and silver -7.4%.