ok I am not a financial guru, but the simple buy low sell high is easy enough to follow, which makes me ask this question...why would you BUY gold at a time of financial crisis where gold is almost $900 an once? Seems to me now would be the time to SELL gold not buy it.
Gold is a weird invesment, because despite it having an 'international average value', depending on where it was produced or how it's 'packaged' can yield very different results as far as a return on your investment.
Gold has always been considered a safe bet(except during a period of time with Woodrow Wilson's administration, lol if you know what I mean) because it's a classic standard and it's value isn't subject to typical 'supply' and 'demand' archetypes.
But yeah, now is a good time to sell gold if you've been sitting on it for 20 years, which most people haven't. They bought into oil in the mid-80s, then dotcoms in the mid-90s, and are now running around screaming and cupping their balls.