The Dow closes down 217 points amid weak economic reports and worries about interest rates. Falling below 15,000 could mean more selling ahead.
They're easy to trade and offer the advantages of traditional mutual funds, but without the hefty fees charged by active managers.
With Europe mired in recession, China faltering, commodities declining and stocks looking vulnerable, investors seeking safety will look to the greenback.
The next several months will offer the opportunity to buy on the cheap.
Demand for the two metals is growing while mining supply declines.
MSN Money's Anthony Mirhaydari explains what's next for the precious metal.
Bargain hunting gives silver a boost after a nasty dive in overnight markets. But worries about rising interest rates and a possible U.S. debt downgrade gives the metal a boost.
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