considering gold investments, will gold continue to rise? But wait a minute. If there is no relationship between gold and the US dollar, why has Gold beenrising in the first place and who cares? It is a precious metal and by definition this means there isnot much of it and it seems to be something people want to own. Unlike other precious metals likesilver, palladium, rhodium, etc...gold is not used in any manufacturing. There is no need to acquiremore of it for increased production in other products - this is not what is driving up gold's price.There is most definitely an increase demand that is a component of gold's steady rise in price...butwhy and from whom? Other than jewelry, and an occasional tooth filling, could that be it...morecavities and bracelets? No. In fact, the more "traditional" investment crowd who consider stocks and bonds as "real"investments would argue that there is no such thing as gold as an investment any more than theywould consider lumber an investment. This is the common front presented from Ben Bernanke, theChairman of the Federal Reserve, on down to your local banker and stock broker. Yet...gold'sprice just keeps on rising. Whether you agree that gold is an investment or not, buying gold at anytime up a short time ago and holding it would have been a great investment. Even from itsprevious unheard of high during the last period of great inflation in the 1980's of over $800 anounce, if held, would offer you today an approximate 75% return. So, let's review for a minute. Gold is not money nor is it tied to money anymore. Governments and banks do not need to haveany in reserve anywhere in the world. It is not an industrial metal that is in demand to produceother things people are buying. The majority of the investment world laughs at the idea of gold asan investment. You can't buy gold easily and stick it in your IRA (there are gold IRA's wherecompanies offer to buy and store gold for you at their location...but it is difficult to set up and oftennot allowed in company sponsored retirement plans.) In a global market decline like we have beenliving with since 2008, could it be greatly increased jewelry purchases? In some countries, Indiaand China to name a few, there is increased demand for these products but no way near enoughto drive these price increases....so, what is up with gold and should you even care? I know the answer. I know the answer and it may surprise you. It has to do with two words that in many ways are exact opposites. In the Christian Faith, thesewords are defined as exact opposites. Where one exists, the other cannot. They are Fear andFaith. The bible exhorts us more than 100 times to "Fear Not", "Do not be afraid". Great fear was asign of little faith....and there you have it; only in reverse. No faith has a tendency to produce greatfear. Even those who know and understand little about the depth and breadth of our globaleconomic problems know enough to be afraid. And with good reason. There is no good reason tohave faith in our current monetary system. It is based on nothing really....pieces of paper. As longas everyone agrees to accept them in exchange for things you need, everything moves along.Once large numbers of people lose faith in that value, they become worthless in an instant. Anyrecent reasons to worry about that? Iceland's currency was the world's darling only two yearsago...then it collapsed... Greece, Portugal, Spain! The United States government and the FederalReserve's unprecedented effort to inflate their debt away by printing more money in the last twoyears than in the entire history of the United States combined.....COMBINED!