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One positive for the stock market has been the dramatic rise in earnings following the financial crisis. One reason for this earnings spike has been the fact that the US dollar has effectively been devalued. Slash the yardstick by which financial performance is measured (e.g. dollars to dollarettes) and relative performance will appear more positive. For example, when corporate earnings are measured in dollars, an investor will find that earnings are currently greater than what was achieved during the dot-com bubble and fast approaching the record levels that were achieved at the tail-end of the credit bubble. However, when measured in another world currency such as gold (see todayís chart), the earnings picture isnít quite so rosy. Todayís chart illustrates how S&P 500 earnings measured in ounces of gold actually peaked back in 2001 and have moved within the confines of a dramatic downtrend ever since. In fact, the historic spike in earnings that began in the summer of 2009 doesnít look all that historic with current earnings coming in at a level that is significantly lower than what occurred at the conclusion of the dot-com and credit bubbles.

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- Does the gold rally continue or is the party over? The answer may surprise you. Find out now with the exclusive & highly regarded charts of Chart of the Day Plus.

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"Gold will be around, gold will be money when the dollar and the euro and the yuan and the ringgitt are mere memories." - Richard Russell

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