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According to RealtyTrac, nearly 3 million foreclosures were filed in 2009. And with almost 10 percent of all mortgages now delinquent nationally, those homeowners are faced with a painful decision: Continue to make payments even if they are underwater, or do a “strategic default.” 

As President Barack Obama’s jobless “recovery” is showing more and more signs of being no recovery at all, the Senate has voted another $15 billion to continuing pursuing their addiction to stimulus, and there are prospects that another $100 billion will be following shortly.

gold barsGold has recently topped the $1,200 per ounce mark, but analyst David Rosenberg sees it going as high as $2,623 per ounce in the not-to-distant future if Communist China follows through on its plans to begin stockpiling the precious metal.

Gold barsThe weakening dollar propelled gold prices in American markets almost to $1,200 an ounce Tuesday morning, Reuters reported. U.S. gold futures for February delivery hit a new record of $1,200.50 an ounce before falling back. Investors are buying the precious metal as an alternative asset.

The U.S. economy grew slower in the third quarter of the year than initially forecast according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), which revised third-quarter growth down from a 3.5 percent annualized increase to 2.8 percent.

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