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With higher gold prices, more and more consumers are contemplating selling unwanted gold jewelry for cash. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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Continental Airlines agents help passengers with ticketing at Los Angeles International Airport June 5, 2008 . David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Charles E.F. Millard (right), the former director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., appears May 20, 2009, at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing investigating the financial health of the PBGC. At left is Vince Snowbarger, currently the acting director of the PBGC. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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