How has gold performed throughout the year?
''Gold is on track to outperform stocks for the first time since 2011, highlighting the uncertainty that has accompanied this year’s stock-market gains. While a season of strong corporate earnings has powered stocks to records, investors are focusing on a cluster of issues that threaten to derail the rally.
Many are worried about coming negotiations to raise the U.S. debt ceiling, an event that has roiled markets in previous years.
A stock-market rally that hasn't included a significant pullback in 19 months has amplified concerns that any correction could be swift and sharp, especially with valuations for many sectors near historic highs.
The worries have boosted prices for gold, a favorite destination for jittery investors who believe the metal will hold its value better than other assets when markets turn rocky''